Dr Freya Johnston

I am general editor of the seven-volume Cambridge Edition of the Novels of Thomas Love Peacock (the first volumes appear in 2016) and co-editor of his penultimate novel, Crotchet Castle (1831). I have recently finished co-editing, with Kathryn Sutherland, a new text of Jane Austen's Teenage Writings, which will appear in Austen's bicentenary year - 2017. My next book will be about syndromes named after literary characters (Baron Munchausen, Alice in Wonderland, Rapunzel, and Joe Pickwick, among others).

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

  • 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 Sterne, Swift, and on eighteenth-century women's writing. I'm happy to consider applications for graduate work in any of the areas mentioned above.

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

St Anne's College website


  • Alexander Pope: Unlocking the Key

  • Alexander Pope: Unlocking the Key

  • Annual Johnson Lecture

  • Belief in Henry Fielding

  • Biography versus History in the Long Eighteenth Century

  • More
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