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Mr Daniel Norman

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After graduating from the University of St Andrews in 2015 with a degree in English Literature, I came to Durham to work towards an MA by Research, and am now studying for a PhD under the supervision of Professor Michael O’Neill.

My thesis focuses upon the poetry and prose of S. T. Coleridge, examining it in the context of the contemporary newspapers and periodicals in which it was published, and particularly considering the influence of caricature and satire upon his work. This research hinges upon four central periods in Coleridge’s life: his production of The Watchman in 1796, his time at the Morning Post in the years around 1800, his production of the first edition of The Friend in 1809, and the second in 1818. Following on from my MA(Res) thesis on Coleridge, which investigated his early writing through the lens of the legal events which helped to shape it, this project seeks to pose new questions about Coleridge’s relationship to his immediate literary and journalistic context. It is supported by an AHRC Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership studentship.

I am also interested more broadly in print culture during the Romantic period, and particularly in how periodicals and other cheap forms of publication sustained literary and social circles. I am currently working with Professor Fiona Robertson as part of a project examining literary circles in County Durham and North Yorkshire in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.


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