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In January 2018 I signed the contract to publish an edited monograph of my PhD thesis with Routledge.

This book will be part of the new series: ‘Routledge New Textual Studies in Literature’:

The Routledge New Textual Studies in Literature series seeks to shift the priorities of existing scholarship within the field, producing ground-breaking studies using archives, manuscripts, papers, collections, digital and facsimile collections, and all forms of primary texts and material. It will capitalise on the opportunity represented by the unprecedented wealth of primary materials now available to scholars working across this broad period. Amongst other things, the outputs in this series might

•          Reappraise canonical authors or movements in relation to new or overlooked archival evidence, asking how the canon might look different in light of this

•          Re-evaluate a well-known genre, movement, or idea through attention to a wide range of texts or primary material

•          Exploit and explore the rich variety of texts and primary sources now available digitally or in newly accessible physical archives

•          Build on the work of new print editions

•          Focus on manuscripts, letters, personal papers, or ephemera to challenge and reshape existing scholarship

•          Articulate new and fresh methodological approaches to archival, digital-archival, or textual material

Books in this series will transform our understanding of the canon or of standard narratives of literary and cultural history by drawing upon primary materials, especially those that are rare, manuscript, out-of-print, ignored, commonly overlooked, or newly available.

 

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Two hands on one manuscript page: Mary Shelley’s draft of Frankenstein, with P B Shelley’s suggested alterations. Image via Shelley’s Ghost, Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford

 

A potential blurb!:

How did Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, two of the most iconic and celebrated authors of the Romantic Period, contribute to each other’s achievements? This book is the first to explore the nature of the Shelleys’ literary relationship. It offers new insights into the works of these talented individuals who were bound together by their personal romance and shared commitment to a literary career. Most innovatively, the book describes how Mary Shelley contributed significantly to Percy Shelley’s writing, whilst also discussing Percy’s involvement in her work.

A reappraisal of original manuscripts reveals the Shelleys as a remarkable literary couple, participants in a reciprocal and creative exchange. Hand-written evidence shows Mary adding to Percy’s work in draft and vice-versa. A focus on the Shelleys’ texts – set in the context of their lives and especially their travels – is used to explain how they enabled one another to accomplish a quality of work which they might never have achieved alone. Illustrated with reproductions from their notebooks and drafts, this book brings Mary Shelley and Percy Bysshe Shelley to the forefront of emerging scholarship on collaborative literary relationships and the social nature of creativity.

The monograph will appear in 2019. I am so grateful for the support of my family, my partner, and my friends – and of course also thank you to my supervisor, and my other colleagues and advisors, who have helped me throughout my academic career so far.

Did I mention I graduated in January 2018 too! It was a great day – thanks to the University of York.

 

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In other news, I have a forthcoming article in History Today, and I am continuing to work at Keats House Museum in Hampstead, and as Director of Communications for the Keats-Shelley Association of America (K-SAA).

Please follow Keats House on Twitter, and the K-SAA too.

A great archive of posts on the second generation of Romantic writers can also be found on the K-SAA website.

I’m sharing my CV on academia.edu.

 

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Locket containing the Shelleys’ hair. Image via Shelley’s Ghost, Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford.

 

‘for nothing contributes so much to tranquillise the mind as a steady purpose, – a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye’

– Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (1818)

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