Professor Andrew Bennett
Professor of English
Phone: 0117 928 9120
Fax: 0117 331 7933
Research and research supervision
Selected academic articles and book chapters
My research focuses on Romanticism, on twentieth- and twenty-first-century writing, and on literary theory. I have published books on Keats and audience, on Romanticism and posterity, on Wordsworth and the theory and practice of writing, and on the poetics of ignorance in Romantic and post-Romantic literature. My other publications include books on twentieth-century writers (Elizabeth Bowen; Katherine Mansfield) and on literary theory (Readers and Reading; The Author), and I am co-author with Nicholas Royle of a widely-used undergraduate textbook on literary criticism and theory.
I am currently editing Wordsworth in Context for Cambridge University Press and working on a number of essays on Romantic themes. I am also writing a book-length study on the representation of suicide in the literary canon. Provisionally entitled Suicide Century: Literature and Suicide from James Joyce to David Foster Wallace, the book focuses in particular on modern and contemporary fiction.
Other authors on whose work I have published and am currently writing include Byron, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Joseph Conrad, Michael Cunningham, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Jeffrey Eugenides, Richard Ford, Robert Graves, Henry James, James Joyce, Philip Roth, J.D. Salinger, Percy Bysshe Shelley, David Vann, and David Foster Wallace.
I am happy to consider supervising dissertations on Romanticism and literary theory, and on a range of nineteenth- and twentieth-century writers and topics, including but not limited to those detailed above.
- Ignorance: Literature and Agnoiology (Manchester University Press, 2009)
- An Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory, 4th edn., with Nicholas Royle (Pearson Education, 2009)
- Wordsworth Writing (Cambridge University Press, 2007)
- The Author (Routledge, 2005)
- Katherine Mansfield, British Council 'Writers and Their Work' series (Northcote House, 2004)
- Romantic Poets and the Culture of Posterity (Cambridge University Press, 1999)
- Elizabeth Bowen and the Dissolution of the Novel: Still Lives, with Nicholas Royle (Macmillan, 1995)
- Keats, Narrative and Audience: The Posthumous Life of Writing (Cambridge University Press, 1994)
- 'On Not Knowing Shakespeare (and on Shakespeare Not Knowing): Romanticism, the Authorship Question, and English Literature', in William Leahy, ed., Shakespeare and His Authors: Critical Perspectives on the Authorship Question (Continuum, 2010), pp. 11-22.
- 'Elizabeth Bowen and Modernism: The Early Novels', in Eibhear Walshe, ed., Elizabeth Bowen: Vision and Revisions (Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2009), pp.27-39.
- 'Dead Keats', in Mark Sandy and Andrew Radford, eds., Romantic Echoes in the Victorian Era (Ashgate, 2008), 39-50
- 'Wordsworth's Poetic Ignorance', in Stefan Hoesel-Uhlig and Alex Regier, eds., Wordsworth's Theory of Poetry (Palgrave, forthcoming 2009)
- 'Romantic Poets and Contemporary Poetry', in James Chandler and Maureen Mclane, eds., The Cambridge Companion to British Romantic Poetry (Cambridge University Press, 2008), 263-78
- 'Authorial Ignorance: Philip Roth's America Trilogy', in Tekijyyden Ulottuvuuksia (Dimensions of Authorship), ed. Eeva Haverinen, Erkki Vainikkala and Tuomo Lahdelma (Jyväskylä: Jyväskylän Yliopisto, 2008), pp.91-114.
- 'Expressivity: The Romantic Theory of Authorship', in Patricia Waugh, ed., The Theory and Practice of Literary Criticism: An Oxford Guide (Oxford University Press, 2006), 48-58
- 'The Idea of the Author', in Nicholas Roe, ed., Romanticism: An Oxford Guide (Oxford University Press, 2005), 654-64
- 'Conrad's Blindness and the Long Short Story', OLR 26 (2004), 79-100
- 'Wordsworth Writing', The Wordsworth Circle 34:1 (2003), 3-8.
- 'Poetry and Ignorance', Angles on the English-Speaking World 3 (2003), 77-92
- "Hating Katherine Mansfield", Angelaki 7 (2002)
- "Dendritic",OLR 24 (2002): 71-97
- "Posterity Theory", The Yale Journal of Criticism 12:1 (1999), 131-44
- "Coleridge on Reputation", La Questione Romantica 5 (1998), 107-20
- "Torn-Off Senses", with Nicholas Royle, Angelaki 3:3 (1998), 153-8
- "John Keats", in Volume 306, Romanticism, ed. David Punter and Nelson Hilton, Annotated Bibliography for English Studies CD-ROM/Online (Lisse, NL: Swets & Zeitlinger, 1998)
- "Shelley in Posterity," in Betty T. Bennett and Stuart Curran, eds., Shelley: Poet and Legislator of the World (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996), pp.215-23
- "To Autumn", in Peter Kitson, ed., Coleridge, Shelley and Keats: A Critical Casebook (London: Macmillan, 1996), pp.154-71
- "Keats's Prescience," Romanticism 2:1 (1996): 9-26
- "'Devious Feet': Wordsworth and the Scandal of Narrative Form," ELH 59 (1992): 145-73