About Me

I am a Career Development Fellow in English at Hertford College, University of Oxford. My research specialises in literature of the long nineteenth century.

After graduating with a degree in English Language and Literature from Oxford University, I went on to take my MA, for which I was awarded a Distinction, at Bristol University. I remained at Bristol for my doctoral research, writing a thesis entitled 'Friendship and Community in Last Man Literature, 1806-1833'. Between 2012 and 2014, I worked as a Lecturer in English at St Hilda's College, University of Oxford, where I taught various papers covering the period 1660 to the present day.

In addition to the Romantic 'Last Man' theme, my research interests include wider ideas of apocalypse and dystopia in nineteenth-century English literature; the Gothic; Mary Shelley; H. G. Wells; Lord Byron; Jane Loudon; Victorian depictions of subterranean spaces; and friendship in Romantic literature.

Selected Publications

The Connell Short Guide to the Gothic (Connell, 2017) Click here to buy

'"Great safe places down deep": Subterranean Spaces in the Early Novels of H. G. Wells', in Utopias and Dystopias in the Fiction of H. G. Wells and William Morris: Landscape and Space, ed. Emelyne Godfrey (Palgrave, 2016), 123-38

'"No love was left": The Failure of Christianity in Byron's "Darkness"', The Byron Journal, 43.2 (2015), 131-40

'"The till now unseen object of my mad idolatry": The Presence of Jane Williams in Mary Shelley's The Last Man', Romanticism, 19.1 (2013), 89-99

'The Last Man and Romantic Archaeology', in Grasmere, 2012, ed. Richard Gravil (HEB, 2012), 160-70

'Percy Bysshe Shelley', 'Psychical Investigation', and 'Suburban Gothic', in The Encyclopedia of the Gothic, ed. William Hughes, David Punter, and Andrew Smith, 2 vols (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), II: 624-25, II: 524-26, II: 658-60

I have contributed several short articles to the Routledge Annotated Bibliography of English Studies, and write for English Review magazine, The Conversation, and the Wordsworth Trust's Wordsworth and Romanticism blog.

I have reviews published in the BARS ReviewThe Byron JournalRomanticism, and La Questione Romantica.

  • British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award Holder (2016-17).
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2014).
  • Finalist in the BBC / AHRC New Generation Thinkers competition (2013).
  • Awarded third place (Highly Commended) in the Keats Shelley Prize for my essay 'Rural Idylls and Urban Nightmares in Mary Shelley's The Last Man' (2012).
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council doctoral award holder (2009-2012).

I have taught various undergraduate papers at the University of Oxford:
Prelims Paper 1B (Introduction to English Language and Literature: Approaches to Literature)
Prelims Paper 3 (1830-1910)
Prelims Paper 4 (1910-present)
FHS Paper 4 (1660-1760)
FHS Paper 5 (1760-1830)

I have also supervised both MSt and third-year undergraduate dissertations on a number of topics covering the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

In the past, I have worked as a Senior Associate Teacher at Bristol University (2010-13), where I convened the undergraduate unit 'Ways of Reading 2: Critical Thought and Theory', taught on the MA unit 'Romanticism, History, and Politics', and taught on the undergraduate units 'Literature 3: 1700-1830', 'Critical Issues', and 'Contemporary Writing'. I have also taught on the undergraduate unit 'Romantic Literature' at Oxford Brookes University as an Associate Lecturer (2012).

For further details, please see my page at Academia. I tweet as @C_Redford_

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