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Professor Stephen Bygrave BA, PhD

Professor of English; joint Director of Programmes

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Professor Stephen Bygrave is a Professor of English at the University of Southampton.

I did a BA in English at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and a PhD at St John's College, Cambridge. I have taught at Cambridge, Leeds, UEA, King's College London, Dundee, and for the Open University, and for shorter periods at the Universities of Barcelona and Frankfurt. I have held fellowships at The Huntington Library (San Marino, California), the Clark Library (UCLA), from the AHRC and the Leverhulme Trust. In 2019 I was the Joseph Peter Spang III Fellow at the Lewis Walpole Library, Farmington, Connecticut and a Visiting Fellow in the Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University, Canberra. In 2021 I take up a Fellowship at the International Center for Jefferson Studies in Monticello, Virginia. I am a recovering marathon runner and a Chelsea fan.

Research interests

I have published widely on Romantic poetry; the enlightenment; rhetoric; and the history of education.  At the moment, I am working on the rhetoric of dissenting writers of the 1790s (notably Joseph Priestley and Anna Barbauld).

Research projects

I am Series Editor (with Stephen Bending) for the Pickering and Chatto Chawton House Library series, a multi-volume series of reprints and reset editions of rare texts from the Library’s collections.

Gillian Dow and I organised a very successful British Association for Romantic Studies conference in Summer 2013.  We received many nice comments including "Many thanks for your mighty labours for the BARS conference.  The panel on theatre that I chaired was very lively, and everyone seemed gratified.  And the session where I presented my own paper was very productive." and "The BARS conference was superb, you were always on the spot to help everybody. Someone who had attended the BARS conference many times said that it was the best of all the BARS conferences she had attended, and I am sure that is due to you and your colleagues who prepared, organized, and supported all."

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Book Chapters

I co-teach the undergraduate modules Rakes to Romantics, Revolution and Romanticism: Literature of the 1790s and Inventing America. I have taught MA modules on Romanticism, on culture and the modern city, modernity and post-modernity, and Enlightenment art and science.

I have supervised or co-supervised PhDs on the Poets Laureate of the Long Eighteenth Century; the Letters and Tractarian Fiction of Two Hampshire Women, 1827-1839; Physical Geography in the fiction of Tim Winton and Cormac McCarthy; on musical accomplishment in fiction by Jane Austen; on the representation of speech in the novels of Frances Burney; for a student in Music whose project is entitled ‘Songwriting as a Socially Symbolic Act: Class, Celebrity, Protest and Historicism in Bob Dylan and John Lennon 1962-1975', and others on Disraeli, Blake, fiction by women in the 1790s, and Victorian periodical poetry.

Professor Stephen Bygrave
Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Southampton, Avenue Campus, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BF, United Kingdom

Room Number : 65/2029

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