Professor Pamela Clemit

  • English literature of the late 18th and early 19th centuries
  • The Godwin-Shelley family of writers (Mary Wollstonecraft, William Godwin, Mary Shelley, and Percy Bysshe Shelley), their associates and heirs
  • The 1790s
  • The literature of English religious nonconformity
  • Letters, journals, and autobiographical writings of the late 18th and early 19th centuries
  • Editing and editorial theory
  • The political novel

My work is mainly devoted to the two generations of writers and intellectuals influenced by the French Revolution in Britain. I am interested in studying literature alongside history, politics, and philosophy. My principal research project is the Oxford University Press edition of William Godwin's letters, which is being published in six volumes. Godwin knew or corresponded with just about everyone of note on the political left from the era of the French Revolution to the Great Reform Act of 1832: writers, artists, actors, political reformers, journalists, and publishers. The edition is providing authoritative, fully annotated texts of all known surviving letters from Godwin and a selection of previously unpublished letters to him. It will eventually include about 1500 items (mainly archived at the Bodleian Library), of which only a quarter has been published before. Two volumes have been published so far.

I continue to research and publish in other areas of interest. These include the 1790s, the Wollstonecraft diaspora, and the political novel. A new departure is critical study of the letters and journals of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, broadly conceived.

Undergraduate: English literature, 1740-1900

Graduate: topics of doctoral theses previously and currently supervised include Percy Bysshe Shelley; the English Gothic novel; Gothic abbey architecture in Radcliffe, Wordsworth, Scott, and Byron; William Godwin and the theatre; William Godwin’s correspondence; William Godwin’s educational writings and children’s books.

In 2015 I joined Queen Mary University of London as Professor of English. Previously I was Professor of English Studies at Durham University (2005-2015), where I began work in 1989, first as Lecturer and then as Reader in English Studies. I have held a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship, and have been a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford; Harris Manchester College, Oxford; Mansfield College, Oxford; and Wadham College, Oxford.

I was a member of the inaugural class of Fellows (1999-2000) at the New York Public Library's Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers (directed by Peter Gay). I have been a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford; Harris Manchester College, Oxford; Mansfield College, Oxford; and Wadham College, Oxford.

I am the holder of the Keats-Shelley Distinguished Scholar Award for 2017.

I am a Fellow of the English Association and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I serve on the following Advisory/Editorial Boards:

Enlightenment and Dissent

Elizabeth Montagu and the Bluestocking Circle

The Shelley-Godwin Archive

 

Personal Website

College Website

Books

The Letters of William Godwin, Volume II: 1798-1805 (2014), ed. Pamela Clemit, in The Letters of William Godwin, gen. ed. Pamela Clemit, 6 vols. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011-).

The Letters of William Godwin, Volume I: 1778-1797 (2011), ed. Pamela Clemit, in The Letters of William Godwin, gen. ed. Pamela Clemit, 6 vols. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011-).  

The Cambridge Companion to British Literature of the French Revolution in the 1790s, ed. Pamela Clemit (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011).

William Godwin, Caleb Williams, ed. Pamela Clemit, World’s Classics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009).

‘Life of William Godwin’, Poems, Translations, Uncollected Prose, ed. Pamela Clemit and A. A. Markley, Volume IV of Mary Shelley’s Literary Lives and Other Writings, gen. ed. Nora Crook, 4 vols., Pickering Masters Series (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2002).

William Godwin, Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman, ed. Pamela Clemit and Gina Luria Walker, Broadview Literary Texts (Peterborough, Ontario: Broadview Press, 2001).  

Matilda, Dramas, Reviews & Essays, Prefaces & Notes, ed. Pamela Clemit, Volume II of Novels and Selected Works of Mary Shelley, gen. ed. Nora Crook with Pamela Clemit, 8 vols., Pickering Masters Series (London: Pickering & Chatto, 1996). 

Falkner: A Novel, ed. Pamela Clemit, Volume VII of Novels and Selected Works of Mary Shelley, gen. ed. Nora Crook with Pamela Clemit, 8 vols., Pickering Masters Series (London: Pickering & Chatto, 1996).

Elizabeth Inchbald, A Simple Story, ed. Pamela Clemit, Penguin Classics (Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1996).

William Godwin, St Leon: A Tale of the Sixteenth Century, ed. Pamela Clemit, World’s Classics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1994).  

The Godwinian Novel: The Rational Fictions of Godwin, Brockden Brown, Mary Shelley, Oxford English Monograph Series (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1993, reprinted, 2001).  

Educational and Literary Writings, ed. Pamela Clemit, Volume V of Political and Philosophical Writings of William Godwin, gen. ed. Mark Philp, 7 vols., Pickering Masters Series (London: Pickering & Chatto, 1993).   

Early Novels, ed. Pamela Clemit, Volume II of Collected Novels and Memoirs of William Godwin, gen. ed. Mark Philp, 8 vols., Pickering Masters Series (London: Pickering & Chatto, 1992).

Things As They Are; or, The Adventures of Caleb Williams, ed. Pamela Clemit, Volume III of Collected Novels and Memoirs of William Godwin, gen. ed. Mark Philp, 8 vols., Pickering Masters Series (London: Pickering & Chatto, 1992).   

St Leon: A Tale of the Sixteenth Century, ed. Pamela Clemit, Volume IV of Collected Novels and Memoirs of William Godwin, gen. ed. Mark Philp, 8 vols., Pickering Masters Series (London: Pickering & Chatto, 1992).  

Fleetwood; or, The New Man of Feeling, ed. Pamela Clemit, Volume V of Collected Novels and Memoirs of William Godwin, gen. ed. Mark Philp, 8 vols., Pickering Masters Series (London: Pickering & Chatto, 1992).    

Mandeville: A Tale of the Seventeenth Century, ed. Pamela Clemit, Volume VI of Collected Novels and Memoirs of William Godwin, gen. ed. Mark Philp, 8 vols., Pickering Masters Series (London: Pickering & Chatto, 1992).  

Parts of Books

‘Letters and Journals’, in The Oxford Handbook of British Romanticism, ed. David Duff (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016). In press.

‘Revisiting William Godwin’, in Oxford Handbooks Online in Literature, editor in chief Colin Burrow (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015). www.oxfordhandbooks.com

‘Commerce of Luminaries: Eight Holograph Letters between William Godwin and Thomas Wedgwood’, in Godwinian Moments: From the Enlightenment to Romanticism, UCLA Center for Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Studies/William Andrews Clark Memorial Library Series, ed. Robert M. Maniquis and Victoria Myers (Toronto: Toronto University Press, 2011), 261-82.

‘Godwin’s Political Justice’, in The Cambridge Companion to British Literature of the French Revolution in the 1790s, ed. Pamela Clemit (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011), 86-100.

‘Holding Proteus: William Godwin in his Letters’, in Repossessing the Romantic Past, ed. Heather Glen and Paul Hamilton (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006; paperback edn., 2010), 98-115. 

‘From The Fields of Fancy to Matilda: Mary Shelley’s Changing Conception of her Novella’, in Romanticism: Critical Concepts in Literary and Cultural Studies, ed. Michael O’Neill and Mark Sandy, 4 vols. (London: Routledge, 2005), iii. 221-37; previously published in Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley in her Times, ed. Betty T. Bennett and Stuart Curran (Baltimore and London: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000; paperback edn., 2003), 64-75.

Frankenstein and Matilda: The Legacies of Godwin and Wollstonecraft’, in The Cambridge Companion to Mary Shelley, ed. Esther Schor (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003), 26-44. 

Refereed Journal Articles

‘Godwin’s Citations, 1783-2005: Highest Renown at the Pinnacle of Disfavor’ (with Avner Offer), Nineteenth-Century Prose, 41, 1/2 (Fall 2014), 27-52.

‘Sociability in Godwin’s Diary: The Case of John King’ (with Jenny McAuley), Bodleian Library Record, 24: 1 (Apr. 2011), 51-6.

 ‘Readers Respond to Godwin: Romantic Republicanism in Letters’, European Romantic Review, 20: 5 (Dec. 2009), 699-707.

‘William Godwin’s Juvenile Library’, Charles Lamb Bulletin, NS 147 (July 2009), 90-132.

‘“A Society of their Own”: Four Letters from Laura Tighe Galloni d’Istria to Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’, La Questione Romantica, NS 1: 1, Mary Shelley Special Issue in Memory of Betty T. Bennett (June 2009), 95-109. [Also published (2012) as an Electronic Enlightenment born-digital project (http://www.e-enlightenment.com)]

‘Charlotte Smith to William and Mary Jane Godwin: Five Holograph Letters’, Keats-Shelley Journal, 55 (2006), 29-40.

‘Self-analysis as Social Critique: The Autobiographical Writings of Godwin and Rousseau’, Romanticism, 11: 2 (Autumn 2005), 161-80.

 ‘William Godwin and James Watt’s Copying Machine: Wet-Transfer Copies in the Abinger Papers’, Bodleian Library Record, 18: 5 (Apr. 2005), 532-60.

‘Godwin, Women, and “The Collision of Mind with Mind”’, Wordsworth Circle, 35: 2 (Spring 2004), 72-6.

‘William Godwin’s Papers in the Abinger Deposit: An Unmapped Country’, Bodleian Library Record, 18: 3 (Apr. 2004), 253-63.

‘Two Pamphlets on the Regency Crisis by William Godwin’, Enlightenment and Dissent, 20 (2001), 185-248.

‘Two New Pamphlets by William Godwin: A Case of Computer-Assisted Authorship Attribution’ (with David Woolls), Studies in Bibliography, 54 (2001), 265-84.

‘Philosophical Anarchism in the Schoolroom: William Godwin’s Juvenile Library, 1805-25’, Biblion: The Bulletin of the New York Public Library, 9:1/2 (Fall 2000/Spring 2001), 44-70.

Non-refereed Articles

‘ “A nation in its last moments”: William Godwin’s Visit to Ireland, 1800′ (with Jenny McAuley), History Ireland, 23: 4 (July/Aug. 2015), 22-4.

‘Travelling with Godwin: An Editor’s Journey’, Shelley Studies (Annual Bulletin of Japan Shelley Studies Center), 23 (Apr. 2015), 12-14.

‘Enlightened Romantic’, Oxford Today, 19: 3 (Trinity 2007), 27-8.

‘Extremely Subtle: Two Newly Discovered Pamphlets by William Godwin’, Times Literary Supplement, No. 5197 (8 Nov. 2002), 7-8.

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