Heidi Thomson

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


Teaching in 2017

Research interests

British Romantic Literature and Cultural Contexts; Wordsworth; Coleridge; Keats; Poetry and Poetics

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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.

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.

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.

Selection of publications

  • The Importance of Other People and the Transmission of Affect in Wordsworth’s Poetry. Modern Language Review Vol 110, No 4, October 2015, pp 969-991.
  • A Perfect Storm: The Nature of Consciousness on Wordsworth’s Salisbury Plain. English Studies Vol 96, No 5, July 2015, pp 525-540.
  • Wordsworth’s ‘Song for the Wandering Jew’ as a Poem for Coleridge. Romanticism Vol 21, No 1, April 2015, pp 37-47.
  • ‘Beyond her own knowledge’ in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Notes and Queries Vol 62, No 3, September 2015, p 401.
  • Coleridge’s ‘On a Supposed Son’ and Friedrich von Logau’s ‘Auf ein Zweifelkind’. Notes and Queries Vol 61, No 1, March 2014, pp 58-61.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Coleridge’s Notes from Christian Heinrich Spiess’s Biographien der Selbstmörder. Notes and Queries Vol 59, No 3, September 2012, pp 375-378.
  • 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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