School of English, Film, Theatre, and Media Studies

AProf Heidi Thomson

Associate Professor
School of English, Film, Theatre and Media Studies

Phone: 04 463 6817
Location: Room 814, Von Zedlitz Building, Kelburn Pde, Kelburn Campus

AProf Heidi Thomson

Teaching in 2015

ENGL 111 - Past Masters
Course Coordinator

ENGL 311 - Romantic Literature
Course Coordinator

ENGL 427 - Romantic Studies
Course Coordinator


Lic Germ Phil Ghent
DipTeach Ghent
MA Eastern European Studies Ghent
AM English and American Literature Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
PhD English Literature Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Heidi Thomson received her PhD in English Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she wrote her dissertation on the English Ode, 1740–1820, under the supervision of Prof Jack Stillinger. She is the editor of Maria Edgeworth’s The Absentee, co-editor of Volume 5 of the Pickering and Chatto edition of Maria Edgeworth, a contributor to The Cambridge History of English Poetry and The Thomas Gray Archive, and the author of numerous book chapters, articles and reviews about Thomas Gray, William Collins, Maria Edgeworth, Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Keats. Her research interests focus on the Age of Sensibility and Romanticism, particularly the lives, works, poetics, and cultural contexts of its authors.

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Current Research Projects

  • A chapter about ‘Fanny Brawne and Other Women’ for Keats in Context, ed. Michael O’Neill (CUP).
  • A book project about Coleridge’s public invention of Wordsworth.  

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Areas of Supervision

  • British Literature and Culture, 1740-1850. 
  • Romanticism. 
  • The Age of Sensibility.
  • Poetry and Poetics. 
  • Authorship and its Contexts. 
  • Authors: Thomas Gray, Maria Edgeworth, John Keats, S. T. Coleridge, William Wordsworth.

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Selection of Publications

  • A Perfect Storm: The Nature of Consciousness on Salisbury Plain. Grasmere, 2013: Selected Papers from the Wordsworth Summer Conference.  Ed. Richard Gravil.  Penrith: The Wordsworth Conference Foundation, 2013. Humanities-Ebooks. Pp 8-28.
  • The Integral Significance of the 1816 Preface to Kubla Khan. Coleridge, Romanticism, and the Orient: Cultural Negotiations. Eds. Kaz Oishi, Seamus Perry, David Vallins. London and New York: Continuum, 2013. Pp 165-176.
  • Review of Constructing Coleridge: The Posthumous Life of the Author by Alan D. Vardy. Romanticism Vol 19, No 1, April 2013, pp 100-101.
  • The Lyric Power of Connection in Wordsworth’s ‘Poem on the Wye’ and W. H. Auden’s ‘In Praise of Limestone’. Grasmere, 2012: Selected Papers from the Wordsworth Summer Conference.  Ed. Richard Gravil.  Penrith: The Wordsworth Conference Foundation, 2012. Humanities-Ebooks. Pp 104-112.
  • Transporting English Romanticism to the Colonies: Alexander Turnbull, Coleridge’s Prospectus to The Friend, and Richard Horne’s Copy of Hazlitt’s Book. Co-authored with Ruth Lightbourne. Romanticism Vol 18, No 3, October 2012, pp 281-293.
  • Coleridge’s Notes from Christian Heinrich Spiess’s Biographien der Selbstmörder. Notes and Queries Vol 59, No 3, September 2012, pp 375-378.
  • Sparagmos: een poëtica van Hans Faverey. DW B Vol 157, No 3, June 2012, 357-364.
  • Webs of Interlocution: Interaction with Others in Wordsworth and Auden. Romantic Presences in the Twentieth Century. Ed. Mark Sandy. Basingstoke: Ashgate, 2012. Pp 89-104.
  • Review of Wordsworth’s Revisitings by Stephen Gill. Modern Language Review Vol 107, No 3, 2012, pp 925-926.
  • Keats’s Letters: ‘A Wilful and Dramatic Exercise of Our Minds Towards each Other. The Keats-Shelley Review Vol 25, No 2, September 2011, pp 160-174.

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