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John Strachan

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Personal Statement

John is Vice-Provost for Research and Development, Dean of Graduate College and Director of Corsham Court Campus. He was previously acting Dean, School of Humanities and Cultural Industries, and before that Associate Dean for Research, HCI.

John is Professor of English Literature. His research interests focus on British Romanticism, with a particular attention to Romantic-era popular culture, parody and satire, literary magazines and the work of Leigh Hunt, John Keats and William Wordsworth. He is fascinated by the relationship between literature and advertising, the subject of his monographs, Advertising and Satirical Culture in the Romantic Period, Cambridge University Press, 2007, and Advertising, Literature and Print Culture in Ireland, 1891-1922 (co-written with Claire Nally), Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

Professor Strachan is an Associate Editor of the Oxford Companion to English Literature and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society He previously held professorships at the universities of Northumbria and Sunderland.

Academic qualifications

  • BA(Hons) Southampton
  • MPhil Oxford
  • DPhil Oxford

Professional qualifications

  • Fellow, Royal Historical Society

Recent professional updating

  • Funding Awards
  • British Academy Senior Research Fellow, 2011-12
  • British Academy Small Research Grant, 2011
  • Leverhulme Trust Research Fellow, 2009-10
  • Director, Leverhulme Trust Major Research Project, Consumer Culture, Advertising and Literature in Ireland, 1848-1921, 2008-11
  • British Academy Overseas Travel Grant, 2007
  • Leverhulme Trust Research Fellow, 2006-7
  • Culture Ireland Conference Grant, 2006
  • AHRB Research Leave Fellowship, 2000

Professional memberships

  • Associate Editor, Oxford Companion to English Literature
  • Trustee, Wordsworth Conference Foundation
  • Board Member, Thomas Hardy Country Steering Group
  • Editorial Board, Charles Lamb Bulletin
  • Volume Editor, The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Thomas Love Peacock
  • Member, British Association for Romantic Studies
  • Member, North American Society for the Study of Romanticism
  • Member, International Conference on Romanticism

External Examiners

  • External Examiner, University of Liverpool, PhD thesis, 2012
  • External Examiner, Leeds Trinity University, BA English, 2012-
  • External Examiner, Cardiff Metropolitan University, MA in Creative Writing, 2009-
  • External Examiner, Cardiff Metropolitan University, MA in English, 2009-
  • External Examiner, University of Glasgow, PhD thesis, 2009
  • External Examiner, Northumbria University, Faculty External Examiner, 2009-11
  • External Examiner, University of Gloucester, Revalidation of BA in English, 2008-9
  • External Examiner, University of Glasgow, MPhil thesis, 2005
  • External Examiner, University of Cardiff, PhD thesis, 2004
  • External Examiner, University of York, PhD thesis, 2004
  • External Examiner, State University of New York, Stony Brook, PhD thesis, 1999
  • External Examiner, University of Wolverhampton: External Examiner, BA English, 1996-2000

Other External Roles

  • Co-Curator, Their Colours and their Forms: Artists' Responses to Wordsworth, an exhibition shown at the Wordsworth Trust Museum and Gallery, Grasmere, 2 February - 10 March 2013.

Teaching Specialism

I have taught all periods of English literature from the Anglo-Saxon age to the present day. My undergraduate teaching includes modules on Romanticism and medieval literature. I have supervised PhD students on a wide range of topics in English and Irish literature and cultural history.

Current Scholarship

  • I am currently editing Gryll Grange for The Cambridge Edition of the Novels of Thomas Love Peacock, general editors Matthew Bevis and Freya Johnston.
  • I have guest edited s special issue of Romanticism (19:3, October 2013), 'Romanticism and Sport', with contributions by Simon Bainbridge, Kyle Grimes, Jane Moore, Brian Rejack and myself.

Essays and articles published since 2008:

  • 'Joyce and the Dublin Advertising Business', in James Joyce in the Nineteenth Century, ed. John Nash, Cambridge University Press, 2013, pp. 89-101.
  • 'Romanticism and Sport', Romanticism, 19, 3, 2013, pp. 201-14.
  • 'Charles Robert Apperley (Nimrod) and Late Georgian Sporting Biography', Romanticism, 19, 3, 2013, pp. 279-91.
  • 'John Wilson, Sportsman', in Romanticism and Blackwoods Magazine: An Unprecedented Phenomenon, ed. Robert Morrison and Daniel S. Roberts, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, pp. 215-26.
  • 'Charles Robert Maturin, Roman Catholicism and Melmoth the Wanderer', in Celtic Connections: Irish-Scottish Relations and the Politics of Culture, ed. Willy Maley and Alison O'Malley-Younger, Peter Lang, 2013, pp. 18-32.
  • 'Leigh Hunt in 1812: The Examiner, The Reflector and "A Day by the Fire'", The Charles Lamb Bulletin, 156, 2012, pp. 149-158.
  • 'Whelan's, the Sinn Fin Depot and the Selling of Irish Sport', in Ireland in Drama, Film and Popular Culture: Festschrift for Werner Huber, ed. S. Mayer, J. Novak, and M. Rubik, Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2011, pp. 171-82
  • 'Leigh Hunt, Sport and the Cockney Controversy Revisited', Romanticism on the Net, 59-60, 2011.
  • 'Romanticism, Sport and Late Georgian Poetry', in The Blackwell Companion to Romantic Poetry, ed. Charles Mahoney, Blackwell, 2011, pp. 374-92.
  • 'Satirical Print Culture', in The Cambridge Companion to Victorian Culture, ed. Francis OGorman, Cambridge University Press, 2010, pp. 156-76.
  • 'Pierce Egan: West Briton', in Ireland: Revolution and Evolution, co-editor with Alison OMalley-Younger, Peter Lang, 2010, pp. 15-35.
  • 'Byron's Bruisers: Poetry and Pugilism in Late Georgian England', History Today, January 2009, pp. 19-27.
  • 'Fighting Sports and Late Georgian Periodical Culture', in The British Periodical Text, ed. Simon Hull, Humanities E-books, 2008, pp. 143-69.
  • 'Wordsworth, Walton and Romantic-Era Angling Literature', Charles Lamb Bulletin, April 2008, pp. 17-36.

Research and academic outputs

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Gryll Grange [by T.L. Peacock]
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Strachan, J, ed. (2017) Gryll Grange [by T.L. Peacock]. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN 9781107030978 (Forthcoming)


Advertising, literature and print culture in Ireland, 1891-1922
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Strachan, J and Nally, C (2012) Advertising, literature and print culture in Ireland, 1891-1922. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke. ISBN 9780230298736


Poetry
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Strachan, J and Terry, R (2011) Poetry. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh. ISBN 9780748644018


Advertising and satirical culture in the Romantic period
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Strachan, J (2011) Advertising and satirical culture in the Romantic period. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN 9780521293068


Ireland at war and peace
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Strachan, J and O'Malley-Younger, A (2011) Ireland at war and peace. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. ISBN 9781443826334


Key concepts in Romantic literature
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Strachan, J and Moore, J (2010) Key concepts in Romantic literature. Palgrave Key Concepts . Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke. ISBN 9781403948892


Ireland: revolution and evolution
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Strachan, J and O'Malley-Younger, A (2009) Ireland: revolution and evolution. Reimagining Ireland . Peter Lang, Oxford. ISBN 9783039118816


The Oxford companion to English literature: seventh edition
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Strachan, J (2009) The Oxford companion to English literature: seventh edition. Oxford University Press, Oxford. ISBN 9780192806871


Essays on modern Irish literature
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Strachan, J (2007) Essays on modern Irish literature. University of Sunderland Press, Sunderland. ISBN 9781873757864


Blackwood's magazine, 1817-25: selections from Maga's infancy
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Strachan, J (2006) Blackwood's magazine, 1817-25: selections from Maga's infancy. Pickering and Chatto, London. ISBN 9781851968008


British satire, 1785-1840
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Strachan, J (2003) British satire, 1785-1840. Pickering and Chatto, London. ISBN 9781851967292


The poems of John Keats: a sourcebook
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Strachan, J (2003) The poems of John Keats: a sourcebook. Routledge. ISBN 9780415234771


Selected writings of Leigh Hunt
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Strachan, J (2003) Selected writings of Leigh Hunt. Pickering and Chatto, London. ISBN 9781851967148


Parodies of the Romantic Age: poetry of the anti-Jacobin and other parodic writings
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Strachan, J (1998) Parodies of the Romantic Age: poetry of the anti-Jacobin and other parodic writings. Pickering and Chatto, London. ISBN 9781851964758


Ulysses and the Dublin advertising business
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Strachan, J (2013) 'Ulysses and the Dublin advertising business.' In: Nash, J, ed. James Joyce in the Nineteenth Century. Cambridge University Press, pp. 95-112. ISBN 9781107021884


John Wilson and sport
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Strachan, J (2013) 'John Wilson and sport.' In: Morrison, R and Roberts, D, eds. Romanticism and Blackwood's Magazine: 'an unprecedented phenomenon'. Palgrave Studies in the Enlightenment, Romanticism and the Cultures of Print . Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke. ISBN 9780230304413


Charles Robert Maturin, Roman Catholicism and Melmoth the Wanderer
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Strachan, J (2013) 'Charles Robert Maturin, Roman Catholicism and Melmoth the Wanderer.' In: Maley, W and O'Malley-Younger, A, eds. Celtic connections: Irish-Scottish relations and the politics of culture. Peter Lang, pp. 41-60. ISBN 9783034302142


Whelan's, the Sinn Fein depot and the selling of Irish sport
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Strachan, J (2012) 'Whelan's, the Sinn Fein depot and the selling of Irish sport.' In: Mayer, S, Novak, J and Rubik, M, eds. Ireland in drama, film and popular culture: festschrift for Werner Huber. Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, Trier. ISBN 9783868213850


Romanticism, sport, and late Georgian poetry
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Strachan, J (2011) 'Romanticism, sport, and late Georgian poetry.' In: Mahoney, C, ed. A companion to Romantic poetry. Blackwell companions to literature and culture (73). Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester. ISBN 9781405135542


Satirical print culture
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Strachan, J (2010) 'Satirical print culture.' In: O'Gorman, F, ed. The Cambridge companion to Victorian culture. Cambridge companions to culture . Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN 9780521886994


Pierce Egan, West Briton
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Strachan, J (2010) 'Pierce Egan, West Briton.' In: Strachan, J and O'Malley-Younger, A, eds. Ireland: Revolution and evolution. Reimagining Ireland (12). Peter Lang, Bern; Oxford. ISBN 9783039118816


Fighting sports and late Georgian periodical culture
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Strachan, J (2008) 'Fighting sports and late Georgian periodical culture.' In: Hull, S, ed. The British periodical text, 1797-1835. Humanities-Ebooks, Penrith, pp. 143-163. ISBN 9781847600813


The ‘Chaldee Manuscript’, William Hone, and late Georgian religious parody
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Strachan, J (2017) 'The ‘Chaldee Manuscript’, William Hone, and late Georgian religious parody.' Romanticism, 23 (3). pp. 243-252. ISSN 1354-991X


Creative engagement with the natural world - William Wordsworth, walking and writing
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Strachan, J (2017) 'Creative engagement with the natural world - William Wordsworth, walking and writing.' Essays in English Romanticism, 41. pp. 75-79. ISSN 1341-9676


‘A new style of literature’: Charles James Apperley (‘Nimrod’) and late Georgian sporting biography
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Strachan, J (2013) '‘A new style of literature’: Charles James Apperley (‘Nimrod’) and late Georgian sporting biography.' Romanticism, 19 (3). pp. 310-326. ISSN 1354-991X


Romanticism and sport
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Strachan, J (2013) 'Romanticism and sport.' Romanticism, 19 (3). pp. 233-245. ISSN 1354-991X


Leigh Hunt in 1812: The Examiner, The Reflector and 'A Day by the Fire'
article

Strachan, J (2012) 'Leigh Hunt in 1812: The Examiner, The Reflector and 'A Day by the Fire'.' The Charles Lamb Bulletin (156). pp. 149-158. ISSN 0308-0951


Leigh Hunt, sport, and the Cockney controversy revisited
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Strachan, J (2011) 'Leigh Hunt, sport, and the Cockney controversy revisited.' Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net, 59-60. ISSN 1916-1441


Byron's bruisers: poetry and pugilism in late Georgian England
article

Strachan, J (2009) 'Byron's bruisers: poetry and pugilism in late Georgian England.' History Today, 59 (1). ISSN 0018-2753


Walton, Wordsworth and late Georgian angling literature
article

Strachan, J (2008) 'Walton, Wordsworth and late Georgian angling literature.' The Charles Lamb Bulletin, 142. pp. 34-47. ISSN 0308-0951


The pleasures of the chase: the literature of late Georgian fox hunting
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Strachan, J (2013) The pleasures of the chase: the literature of late Georgian fox hunting. In: Georgian Pleasures, 12 - 13 September 2013, Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute and The Holburne Museum, Bath, UK.


Their colours and their forms: artists' responses to Wordsworth
exhibition

Strachan, J and McKay, C (2013) Their colours and their forms: artists' responses to Wordsworth. The Wordsworth Museum, Grasmere, 2 February - 10 March 2013. ISBN 9781906832063


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