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Dr Clare Elliott

Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Programme Leader for the B.A. (Hons) English Language and Literature (sem 2)

Department: Humanities

Clare joined Northumbria's Department of Humanities as Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century Literature in 2011.

Clare Elliott

Having taught at the universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Teesside, I joined Northumbria University in 2011 as Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century Literature. My publishing and research activity lie in the nineteenth century with particular interests in Transatlantic Literary Studies, American Romanticism, slavery and the long nineteenth century.



Campus Address

Office: Lipman 015

0191 227 4826


MA, MPhil, PhD (Glasgow)

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

My research lies specifically in Transatlantic Literary Studies and responds to current critical approaches in the field - interdisciplinary cultural history and transatlantic Romanticism particularly. I am interested in transatlantic literary connections in the long nineteenth century and have published on William Blake, Francis Jeffrey, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman. Current work is underway on a monograph, Atlantic Blake: Transnational Romanticism.

I welcome enquiries about research in areas of nineteenth-century literature and specifically the American Renaissance, American Transcendentalism, Transatlantic Romanticism(s), Transatlantic Literary Studies and African American writing in the long nineteenth century. I would welcome PhD supervision projects in the long nineteenth-century in British and American poetry, essays and fiction.

I have taught extensively on survey courses from Shakespeare to the present and more specifically on Romantic poetry, Victorian literature and nineteenth-century American writing. At Northumbria I am module leader for ‘Representing the US: From Slavery to Terrorism and ‘The Black Atlantic: Literature, Slavery and Race’.

Professional Memberships

The British Association for Victorian Studies

The British Association for American Studies

The Scottish Association for the Study of America

Key Publications

Edited Books

The Edinburgh Companion to Atlantic Literary Studies (edited with Leslie Eckel) (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016).

International Perspectives on Presidential Leadership (edited with Michael Patrick Cullinane) (New York: Routledge, 2014).

Francis Jeffrey's American Journal: New York to Washington 1813 (edited with Andrew Hook) (Glasgow: Humming Earth Press, 2011).

Chapters in Books

‘William Blake’s American Afterlives’. Transatlantic Literature and Transitivity, 1780-1850: Subjects, Texts, and Print Culture, ed. Annika Bautz and Kathryn Gray (London: Routledge, 2017) pp.195-211.

‘Early Feminism and the Circulation of Self-Reliance in the Atlantic World’. The Edinburgh Companion to Atlantic Literary Studies, ed. Leslie Elizabeth Eckel and Clare Frances Elliott (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016) pp. 220-234.

‘A Poetic Presidency: Abraham Lincoln, Walt Whitman and the “Second American Revolution”. International Perspectives on Presidential Leadership, ed. Michael Patrick Cullinane and Clare Frances Elliott (New York: Routledge, 2014) pp. 41-56.

Journal Articles

‘An Enemy Abroad: The Transnational Politics of Francis Jeffrey in the War of 1812’The Open Library of Humanities 3(2) 8 (2017).

 ‘“A Backward Glance O’er” the (Dis)United States: William Blake, Ralph Waldo Emerson and the “Authentic American Religion”’, The European Journal for American Culture 28.1 (2009): 9-25.

‘William Blake and America: Freedom and Violence in the Atlantic World’, Comparative American Studies 7.3 (2009): 209-224.


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