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University of Oxford Faculty of English

Johnston, Freya

Position: Associate Professor; Tutorial Fellow, St Anne's College
College: St Anne's
Period/Subject: Eighteenth Century, Nineteenth Century, Comparative Literature

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I am general editor of the seven-volume Cambridge Edition of the Novels of Thomas Love Peacock - the first volumes will appear in 2015 - and co-editor of his penultimate novel, Crotchet Castle. I'm starting to write a book that takes off from all this work on Romantic prose satire and is (for now) called Novels of Talk; it will be about the ways in which dialogue and opinion evolve in fictional writing from the eighteenth century to the present. I'm also co-editing Austen's juvenilia for the Oxford World's Classics series.

Other research interests include Pope, Swift, epic and mock-epic, Byron, Dickens, German literature (especially Kafka), prose style, practical criticism, and comparative literature.

From October 2014-17 I will be Director of Graduate Studies in the English Faculty. 


  • Undergraduate: Introduction to Literary Studies; seventeenth- to nineteenth-century period papers; various special authors and special topics.
  • Graduate: MSt in English, 1700-1830.

I'm currently supervising three DPhils -- on eighteenth-century epistolary writing, on Samuel Johnson and religion, and on Pope's reception in the Romantic period. I'm happy to consider applications for graduate work in any of the areas mentioned above.


  • The Cambridge Edition of the Novels of Thomas Love Peacock, 7 vols. (Cambridge University Press, 2015-    ), gen. ed.
  • Crotchet Castle, co-ed. (2015)
  • 'Byron's Johnson', in Samuel Johnson: New Contexts for a New Century, ed. Howard D. Weinbrot (Huntington Library Press, 2014)
  • 'Biography, History and Anecdote', in The Blackwell Companion to British Literature, vol. 3: The Long Eighteenth Century, 1660-1830, eds. Robert DeMaria, Jr., Heesok Chang and Samantha Zacher (Blackwell, 2014)
  • 'Samuel Johnson's Classicism', in The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature, vol. 3: 1660-1790, eds. David Hopkins and Charles Martindale (Oxford University Press, 2012), pp.615-46
  • Samuel Johnson: The Arc of the Pendulum, eds. Freya Johnston and Lynda Mugglestone (Oxford University Press, 2012), 219pp.
  • 'Johnson Personified', in Samuel Johnson: The Arc of the Pendulum, eds. Freya Johnston and Lynda Mugglestone (Oxford University Press, 2012), pp.95-108
  • 'Johnson’s Departures', The Transactions of the Johnson Society, 2011 (2012)
  • '"To a Mouse"': Burns, Power and Equality’, in Burns and Other Poets, eds. Fiona Stafford and David Sergeant (Edinburgh University Press, 2011), pp.53-66
  • 'Correspondence', in Samuel Johnson in Context, ed. Jack Lynch (Cambridge University Press, 2011), pp.21-28
  • 'Samuel Johnson', in Great Shakespeareans, vol. 1, ed. Claude Rawson (Continuum, 2010), pp.115-59
  • 'Jane Austen's Past Lives', Cambridge Quarterly, 39 (2010), 103-21
  • 'Johnson and Austen', in Samuel Johnson After 300 Years, eds. Greg Clingham and Philip Smallwood (Cambridge University Press, 2009), pp.225-45
  • 'Accumulation in Johnson's Dictionary', Essays in Criticism, 57 (2007), 301-24
  • 'Making an Entrance: Frances Burney and Samuel Johnson', in A Celebration of Frances Burney, ed. Lorna Clark (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007), pp.184-95
  • 'William Cowper, The Task' in The Blackwell Companion to Eighteenth-Century Poetry, ed. Christine Gerrard (2006), pp.316-28
  • Samuel Johnson and the Art of Sinking, 1709-1791 (Oxford University Press, 2005)
  • 'Little Lives: An Eighteenth-Century Sub-Genre', Cambridge Quarterly, 32 (2003), 143-60
  • 'Samuel Johnson and Robert Levet', Modern Language Review, 97 (2002), 26-35
  • 'Diminutive Observations in Johnson's Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland', Age of Johnson, XII (2001), 1-16

Other Information:

In 2012 I received a Teaching Project Award from the Humanities Division for a series of graduate seminars on how to teach English.

I'm also on the editorial board of the OUP journal, Cambridge Quarterly.


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