Professor Michael O'Neill
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Michael O’Neill is Professor of English. He was Head of Department from 1997 to 2000 and from 2002 to 2005. From 2005-11, he was a Director (Arts and Humanities) of the Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) at Durham University; he served as the Acting Executive Director of the IAS from January 2011 until May 2012. He is a Founding Fellow of the English Association, on the Editorial Boards of the Keats-Shelley Review, Romantic Circles, Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net, Romanticism, and The Wordsworth Circle, and Chair of the International Byron Society's Advisory Board. In 2005 he established and is Director of an intra-departmental research group working on Romantic Dialogues and Legacies.
Professor O’Neill has published books, editions, chapters, and articles on many aspects of Romantic literature, especially the work of Percy Bysshe Shelley, on Victorian poetry, and on an array of British, Irish, and American twentieth- and twenty-first-century poets. His research has concentrated on questions of literary achievement and of poetic influence, dialogue, and legacy. Books published since 2008 include Wheel (Arc, 2008), a collection of poems, and, as editor, The Cambridge History of English Poetry (2010). He is also the co-editor (with Madeleine Callaghan) of Twentieth-Century British and Irish Poetry: Hardy to Mahon (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011) in the Guides to Criticism series, of which he is the general editor, the co-author (with Michael D. Hurley) of Poetic Form (CUP, 2012), the co-editor (with Anthony Howe and with the assistance of Madeleine Callaghan) of The Oxford Handbook of Percy Bysshe Shelley (2013), and the co-editor (with Mark Sandy and Sarah Wootton) of two volumes from Pickering & Chatto: Venice and the Cultural Imagination (2012) and The Persistence of Beauty: Victorians to Moderns (2015). Professor O'Neill is writing a book on Shakespeare and English Poetry for OUP. His third collection of poems Gangs of Shadow was published by Arc in 2014.
He is an associate editor on the multi-volume Johns Hopkins edition of Shelley's poetry. The third volume appeared in 2012 and received the 2013 Richard J. Finneran Award from the Society for Textual Scholarship. He is co-editing (with Timothy Webb) The Prose of Percy Bysshe Shelley 1818-1822 for OUP. This project was awarded an MHRA Research Associateship (holder Dr Paige Tovey) for 2010-11 and 2011-12.
Professor O’Neill has received the following awards for his poetry: an Eric Gregory Award in 1983 and a Cholmondeley Award from the Society of Authors in 1990. He has successfully supervised research degrees on Shelley (Mary as well as Percy Bysshe), P. B. Shelley and Keats, Romantic Poetry and Wallace Stevens, Romantic Literature and Dream Poetry, Victorian Medievalism, Elegy in Douglas Dunn and Tony Harrison, The Great War and Irish Poetry, the writings of Olive Schreiner, Hart Crane's poetry, John Montague's poetry, a study of Yeats, Byron, and Shelley, the Decadent Image in 1890s poetry, the responses of Wordsworth and Coleridge to Shakespeare, Gary Snyder and Romanticism, narrative and identity in Keats's poetry, voice and reception in Tennyson, Browning and other Victorian poets, the influence of Calderón and Goethe on Shelley, Wordsworth's unachievable style, 1797-1805, lyric individuality in Clare, Hopkins, and Edward Thomas, John Clare and 'the Art of "Is"', and Silence in P. B. Shelley, Robert Browning, W. B. Yeats, and T. S. Eliot. He is happy to supervise postgraduates in any area of his research interests.
Department of English Studies
- American Studies
- Editing, Bibliography and History of the Book
- Irish Studies
- Romantic and Pre-Romantic Studies
- Twentieth-Century Studies
- Post-war British and American poetry
- Romantic and post-Romantic poetry
- O'Neill, Michael (2014). Gangs of Shadow. Arc Publications.
- Hurley, Michael D. & O'Neill, Michael (2012). Poetic Form: An Introduction. Cambridge Cambridge University Press.
- Reiman, Donald H. Fraistat, Neil Crook, Nora Curran, Stuart O'Neill, Michael Neth, Michael J. & Brookshire, David (2012). The Complete Poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley, volume 3. The Johns Hopkins University Press.
- (2008). Wheel (poems). Todmorden: Arc.
- Hebron, S., Bindman, D. & O'Neill, M. (2007). Dante Rediscovered: From Blake to Rodin. Grasmere: The Wordsworth Trust.
- O'Neill, M. & Mahoney, C. (2007). Romantic Poetry: An Annotated Anthology. Oxford: Blackwell.
- O'Neill, M. (2007). The All-Sustaining Air: Romantic Legacies and Renewals in British, American, and Irish Poetry since 1900. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- O'Neill, M. (2004). A Routledge Literary Sourcebook on the Poems of W.B. Yeats. London: Routledge.
- Leader, Z. & O'Neill, M. (2003). Percy Bysshe Shelley: The Major Works: including Poetry, Prose, and Drama.. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- O'Neill, M. & Reiman, D.H. (1997). Fair-Copy Manuscripts of Shelley's Poems in European and American Libraries. New York: Garland.
- O'Neill, M. (1997). Romanticism and the Self-Conscious Poem. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
- O'Neill, M. & Reeves, G. (1992). Auden, MacNeice, Spender: The Thirties Poetry. Basingstoke: Macmillan.
- O'Neill, M. (1990). The Stripped Bed. London: Collins Harvill.
- O'Neill, M. (1989). Percy Bysshe Shelley: A Literary Life. Basingstoke: Macmillan.
- O'Neill, M. (1989). The Human Mind's Imaginings: Conflict and Achievement in Shelley's Poetry. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
- O'Neill, Michael, Howe, Anthony & with the assistance of Callaghan, Madeleine (2013). The Oxford Handbook of Percy Bysshe Shelley. Oxford Handbooks. Oxford University Press.
- O'Neill, Michael, Sandy, Mark & Wootton, Sarah (2012). Venice and the Cultural Imagination: 'This Strange Dream upon the Water'. Pickering & Chatto.
- O'Neill, Michael & Callaghan, Madeleine (2011). Twentieth-Century British and Irish Poetry: Hardy to Mahon. Wiley-Blackwell.
- O'Neill, Michael. (2010). The Cambridge History of English Poetry. Cambridge Cambridge University Press.
- (2009). (ed.with Ash Amin), Thinking about Almost Everything. London: Profile.
- O'Neill, M. & Sandy, M. (2006). Romanticism: Critical Concepts in Cultural and Literary Studies. London: Routledge.
- O'Neill, M. (1998). Literature of the Romantic Period: A Bibliographical Guide. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
- O'Neill, M. (1997). Keats: Bicentenary Readings. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP for the University of Durham.
- O'Neill, M. (1994). 'The 'Defence of Poetry' Fair Copies.'. The Bodleian Shelley Manuscripts. New York: Garland.
- O'Neill, Michael (2014). 'The Same Rehearsal of the Past: Byron and the Aesthetics of History and Culture'. In Rethinking British Romantic History, 1770-1845. Fermanis, Porscha & Regan, John Oxford University Press. 205-222.
- O'Neill, Michael (2010). 'A curved adventure’ Romanticism and the Poetry of Anne Stevenson. In Voyages over Voices: Critical Essays on Anne Stevenson. Leighton, Angela Liverpool University Press. 98-115.
Edited works: journals
- (2008). ' Guest editor Romanticism and its Legacies’, special issue of Romanticism, 14. 1 (2008). Romanticism, 14 (1).
Essays in edited volumes
- O'Neill, Michael (2015). 'Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood'. In The Oxford Handbook of William Wordsworth. Gravil, Richard & Robinson, Daniel Oxford University Press. 237-253.
- O'Neill, Michael (2014). Cleaving Nothing from Nothing: Post-Romantic Negation and Affirmation in Don Paterson. In Don Paterson: Contemporary Critical Essays. Pollard, Natalie Edinburgh University Press. 61-74.
- O'Neill, Michael (2014). Form in The Tree House and 'Even If'. In Kathleen Jamie: Essays and Poems on Her Work. Ed. Rachel Falconer Edinburgh University Press. 103-111, 83.
- O'Neill, Michael (2013). 'Moments and subtleties and shadows of grey': reflections on the narrative mode of *Fools of Fortune*. In William Trevor: Revaluations. Delaney, Paul & Parker, Michael Manchester Manchester University Press. 110-124.
- O'Neill, Michael. (2013). Shakespearean Poetry and the Romantics. In The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare's Poetry. Post, Jonathan. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 563-581.
- O'Neill, Michael (2013). The Romantic Bequest: Arnold and Others. In The Oxford Handbook of Victorian Poetry. Bevis, Matthew Oxford: Oxford University Press. 217-234.
- O'Neill, Michael. (2013). The Thirties Bequest. In The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary British and Irish Poetry. Ed. Peter Robinson. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 38-56.
- O'Neill, Michael (2013). Yeats. In W. H. Auden in Context. Sharpe, Tony Cambridge Cambridge University Press. 276-285.
- O'Neill, Michael (2012). 'Yeats, Clarke, and the Irish Poet's Relationship with English'. In The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Poetry. Brearton, Fran & Gillis, Alan. Oxford University Press. 42-57.
- O'Neill, Michael. (2011). ‘Romantic and Victorian Poetry’. In T. S. Eliot in Context. Harding, Jason. Cambridge University Press. 200-210.
- O'Neill, Michael. (2011). '"A Kind of an Excuse": Shelley and Wordsworth Revisited'. In Literature and Authenticity, 1780-1900. Chantler, Ashley, Davies, Michael & Shaw, Philip Ashgate. 51-66.
- O'Neill, Michael. (2011). '"Admirable for Conciseness and Vigour": Dante and English Romantic Poetry's Dealings with Epic'. In Dante in the Nineteenth Century: Reception, Canonicity, Popularization. Havely, Nick. Lang. 11-29.
- O'Neill, Michael. (2011). 'The Romantic Sonnet'. In The Cambridge Companion to the Sonnet. Cousins, A. D. & Howarth, Peter Cambridge University Press. 185-203.
- O'Neill, Michael. (2011). Realms without a Name: Shelley and Italy’s Intenser Day. In Dante and Italy in British Romanticism. Burwick, Frederick & Douglass, Paul Palgrave Macmillan. 77-91.
- O'Neill, Michael. (2010). ‘Mournful Ditties and Merry Measures: Form and Feeling in the Romantic Short Lyric and Song’. In A Companion to Romantic Poetry. Mahoney, Charles Wiley-Blackwell. 9-24.
- O'Neill, Michael. (2010). 'Early Yeats: "The Essences of Things"'. In W. B. Yeats. Larrissy, Edward. Irish Academic Press. 31-47.
- O'Neill, Michael. (2010). 'The Outset of Life': Shelley, Hazlitt, the West Country, and the Revolutionary Imagination. In English Romantic Writers and the West Country. Roe, Nicholas Palgrave Macmillan. 257-70.
- O'Neill, Michael. (2010). Romantic re-appropriations of the epic. In The Cambridge Companion to the Epic. Bates, Catherine. Cambridge University Press. 193-210.
- (2009). In
- O'Neill, Michael. (2009). 'Beautiful but Ideal': Intertextual Relations between Letitia Elizabeth Landon and Percy Bysshe Shelley. In Fellow Romantics: Male and Female British Writers, 1790-1835. Lau, Beth. Farnham: Ashgate. 211-229.
- O'Neill, Michael. (2009). 'Fond of What He’s Crapping On’ Movement Poetry and Romanticism. In The Movement Reconsidered: Essays on Larkin, Amis, Gunn, Davie, and Their Contemporaries. Leader, Zachary. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 270-291.
- Heys, Alistair. & Kostadinova, Vitana. (2009). 'In the Sea of Life Enisled’ Byron and Arnold, in Byron and the Isles of Imagination: A Romantic Chart, ed. Alistair Heys and Vitana Kostadinova (Plovdiv: Plovdiv University Press, 2009), 66-86. In Byron and the Isles of Imagination: A Romantic Chart. Plovdiv: Plovdiv UP. 66-86.
- O'Neill, Michael. (2009). 'The Wheels of Being’ Tennyson and Shelley. In Tennyson among the Poets: Bicentenary Essays. Douglas-Fairhurst, Robert. & Perry, Seamus. Oxford: Oxford UP. 181-198.
- O'Neill, Michael. (2009). Coleridge's Genres. In The Oxford Handbook of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Burwick, Frederick. Oxford: Oxford UP. 375-391.
- O'Neill, Michael. (2009). Emulating Plato: Shelley as Translator and Prose Poet, in The Unfamiliar Shelley, ed. Alan M. Weinberg and Timothy Webb (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009), 239-55. In The Unfamiliar Shelley,. Weinberg, Alan M. & Webb, Timothy. Aldershot: Ashgate. 239-255.
- Andrew Radford & Mark Sandy (2008). ‘Infinite Passion’ Variations on a Romantic Topic in Robert Browning, Emily Brontë, Swinburne, Hopkins, Wilde, and Dowson. In Romantics Echoes in the Victorian Era. Aldershot: Ashgate. 175-189.
- O'Neill, M. (2007). '"Conscript Fathers and Shuffling Recruits” Formal Self-Awareness in Romantic Poetry'. In Romanticism and Form. Rawes, A. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 23-39.
- O'Neill, M. (2007). '"The Latch-String of a New World's Wicket": Poetry and Agency in Death's Jest-Book; or, The Fool's Tragedy'. In The Ashgate Research Companion to Thomas Lovell Beddoes. Berns, U. & Bradshaw, M. Aldershot: Ashgate. 33-47.
- O'Neill, M. (2006). 'The All-Sustaining Air': Yeats, Stevens, Rich, Bishop -- Responses to Romantic Poetry. In The Monstrous Debt: Modalities of Romantic Influence in Twentieth-Century Literature. Davies, Damian Walford. & Turley, Richard Marggraf. Detroit: Wayne State University Press. 143-162.
- O'Neill, M. (2005). 'The Muse at Her Toilet': Patrick Kavanagh's Late Sonnets. In Representing Ireland: Past, Present and Future. O'Malley-Younger, A. & Beardow, F. Sunderland University Press. 133-142.
- O'Neill, M. (2003). ‘The Tears Shed or Unshed’ Romantic Poetry and Questions of Biography. In Romantic Biography. Bradley, A. & Rawes, A. Aldershot: Ashgate. 1-17.
- O'Neill, M (2003). 'Even Now While I Write': Leigh Hunt and Romantic Spontaneity. In Leigh Hunt: Life, Poetics, Politics. Nicholas Roe London: Routledge. Routledge Studies in Romanticism 2: 135-155.
- O'Neill, M. (2001). 'Lyrical Ballads and "Pre-Established Codes of Decision"'. In 1800: The New 'Lyrical Ballads'. Trott, N. & Perry, S. Basingstoke: Palgrave. 123-140.
- O'Neill, M. (2001). Romantic Workings of Genre: Lyrical Ballads and Prometheus Unbound. In Generi Letterari: Ibridismo e Contaminazione. Sportelli, A. Laterza: 168-183.
Journal papers: academic
- O'Neill, Michael (2014). 'Materials for Imagination': Shelleyan Traces in Felicia Hemans's Poetry after 1822. Women's Writing 21(1): 74-90.
- O'Neill, Michael (2014). Reading Shelley. Shelley Studies (Japan) 22: 13-15.
- O'Neill, Michael (2012). “Anxious Cares” From Pope’s Spleen to Coleridge’s Dejection. Studies in the Literary Imagination 44(1): 99-118.
- O'Neill, Michael (2012). Shelley's Defences of Poetry. The Wordsworth Circle 43(1): 20-25.
- O'Neill, Michael (2012). What Thou Art: Emily Brontë’s Visionary Religion. Bronte Studies 37(4): 366-372.
- O'Neill, Michael. (2011). ‘"A Double Face of False and True": Poetry and Religion in Shelley'. Literature and Theology 25 : 32-46.
- O'Neill, Michael. (2011). '"Visions Rise, and Change": Emily Brontë's Poetry and Male Romantic Poetry'. Brontë Studies 36: 57-63.
- O'Neill, Michael. (2011). 'Antipathy and Sympathy: Lamb's Response to Shelley, Byron, and Keats'. Charles Lamb Bulletin n.s (154.): 89-99.
- O'Neill, Michael. (2011). 'Southey and Shelley Reconsidered'. Romanticism 17: 10-24.
- O'Neill, Michael. (2011). 'Telling Stories: Southey and Romantic Narrative'. The Wordsworth Circle 42: 33-38.
- O'Neill, Michael (2009). ‘"A Deeper and Richer Music": Felicia Hemans in Dialogue with Wordsworth, Byron and Shelley'.[rpt. in Volume 291 Nineteenth-Century Literature. Criticism of the Works of Novelists, Philosophers, and Other Creative Writers Who Died between 1800 and 1899, from the First Published Critical Appraisals to Current Evaluations ed. Lawrence J. Trudeau (Gale Cengage 2014), 174-80]. Charles Lamb Bulletin 145: 3-12.
- O'Neill, Michael. (2009). ‘"Admirable for Conciseness and Vigour" Dante and Romantic Epic'. Journal of Anglo-Italian Studies 10: 15-27.
- O'Neill, Michael. (2009). ‘Something Intended, Complete’ Yeats and the Remodelled Self, in a special issue of the e-journal Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net 51 (2009), guest ed. Mark Sandy and Sarah Wootton. Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net 51.
- O'Neill, Michael. (2008). ‘"The Inmost Spirit of Light": Shelley and Turner'. Turner Society News 109; 110: 7-12; 6-8.
- O'Neill, Michael. (2008). '"The Fixed and the Fluid": Identity in Byron and Shelley'. Byron Journal 36(2): 105-116.
- O'Neill, M. (2007). '"Driven as in Surges": Texture and Voice in Romantic Poetry'. The Wordsworth Circle 38(3): 91-93.
- O'Neill, M. (2007). '"The Tremble from It Is Spreading": A Reading of Wordsworth's "Ode: Intimations of Immortality"'. The Charles Lamb Bulletin new series 139(July 2007): 74-90.
- O'Neill, Michael. (2007). 'Inspiration Is Inspiration': In Memory of Robert Woof and Jonathan Wordsworth. European Romantic Review 18(2): 283-297.
- O'Neill, M. (2006). A Magic Voice and Verse: Byron's Approaches to the Ode: 1814-1816. The Byron Journal 34(2): 101-114.
- O'Neill, M. (2006). Fashioned from His Opposite: Yeats, Dante and Shelley. Journal of Anglo-Italian Studies (8): 149-171.
- O'Neill, M. (2006). The Burden of Ourselves: Arnold as a Post-Romantic Poet. The Yearbook of English Studies 36(2): 111-127.
- O'Neill, M. (2005). The Gleam of Those Words: Coleridge and Shelley. Keats-Shelley Review (19): 76-96.
- O'Neill, M (2004). ‘Adonais and Poetic Power’. The Wordsworth Circle 35(2): pp. 50-7.
- O'Neill, M. (2004). 'Only What Might Have Been': Lamb and Illusion. The Charles Lamb Bulletin (128): 96-107.
- O'Neill, M. (2002). 'The Whole Mechanism of the Drama': Shelley's Translation of the Symposium. Keats-Shelley Review (18): 51-67.
- 2011: The Prose of Percy Bysshe Shelley, 1818-1822 (£18000.00 from MHRA)
- 2010: The Prose of Percy Bysshe Shelley, 1818-1822 (£17500.00 from MHRA)