Dr Will Bowers

My research over the next few years has two areas of focus: work towards a monograph on the Holland House circle (1790–1830) and a number of article-length studies of Romantic poetry.

I try to maintain interests across the period 1660–1830, and some specific topics include: Milton and his legacy; the novels of Daniel Defoe; the Romantic period reception of the eighteenth-century 'philosophical poem' (The SeasonsNight-ThoughtsThe Pleasures of the ImaginationThe Task); the poetry of the major and minor Romantics, especially Shelley and Byron; the idea of a cosmopolitan London, as seen in essayists such as Lamb, Hazlitt, and Hunt; the trial of Queen Caroline and its surrounding literature; and English perceptions of Italy and Italians 1790–1830.

I am an assistant editor on The Longman Annotated English Poets Poems of Shelley, Volume 5, where I am responsible for the text and annotation for the published version of 'The Triumph of Life', and a few smaller lyrics (due to be delivered in September 2018) and I often review for the Times Literary Supplement. 

I teach Literature in English between 1660 and the present day. I would be happy to supervise undergraduate and MSt dissertations on any of the subjects mentioned in my Research Interests.

I am the co-founder of Journal•Lists, a free subscription service designed to contextualize our reading of historical periodicals, diaries, essays, and fiction. 


  • On First Looking into Mary Shelley's Homer

  • Percy Bysshe Shelley's 'I Visit Thee But Thou Art Sadly Changed'

  • Re-evaluating the Literary Coterie,

  • The Many Rooms of Holland House

  • Italian Travel, English Tourism, and Byron's Poetry of Exile

  • More
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