Dr Paul Whickman

Paul Whickman

Position: Lecturer in English

College: College of Law, Humanities and Social Sciences

Department: Humanities

Subject area: English

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Lecturer in English

Teaching responsibilities

1st Year

  • Critical Theory I (Team taught)
  • Mutants and Monsters: Interpreting Fantasy (Team taught)
  • Enlightenment Literature (Module leader)

2nd Year

  • Nineteenth-Century Realism: Conscience and Context (Module Leader)
  • Literature in Society: The English Conference (with Mary McNally)

3rd Year 

  • Eighteenth-Century Literature: Terror, Wit and Letters of Love (Module Leader)
  • Taking and Making Offence: Blasphemy, Obscenity and Censorship from Milton to Rushdie (Module Leader) (in 2018/2019 a modified version of this module will run instead as a 4th Year module on the MLit programme).

Research interests

My research interests lie in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries (primarily Romanticism), and censorship and free speech more widely. I am currently completing a monograph with the working title Blasphemy, Politics and Creativity in the Literature of Percy Bysshe Shelley. Particular writers of interest include Percy Shelley, Keats and Byron.

Additional research interests include the intersection of poetry and philosophy, the poetics of temporality and the relationship between the vernacular and the literary.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies


  • BA (Hons.) English Language and Literature (Leeds)
  • MA (with Distinction) Romantic Formations (Leeds)
  • PhD 'Romantic Blasphemy: Sacrilege and Creativity in the Literature of Percy Bysshe Shelley' (Nottingham)

Recent publications

Under Review

  • 2017. ‘“A joy for ever”: Monumental Moments, Stillness and Paradox in the Poetry of John Keats’, for Romanticism


  • 2016. ‘The Poet as Sage in 1816: Aesthetics and Epistemology in Percy Bysshe Shelley’s “Hymn to Intellectual Beauty”’, for The Keats-Shelley Review, (Vol. 30.2), pp. 142-154.
  • 2016. ‘Romantic Poetry: L-Z 2014’ in XIII Literature 1780–1830: The Romantic Period, for Year’s Work in English Studies (Vol. 95), Oxford University Press (Advance chapter available online)
  • 2013. ‘Ode to the West Wind’, commissioned article for The Literary Encyclopedia.
  • 2012. ‘From Laon and Cythna to The Revolt of Islam: Shelley’s Revisions in Context’ in Richard Gravil (ed.) Grasmere 2012: Selected Papers from The Wordsworth Summer Conference, The Wordsworth Trust/Humanities E-Books, pp. 147-159.
  • 2012. Review: ‘Ashley Chantler, Michael Davies and Phillip Shaw (ed.),Literature and Authenticity, 1780-1900’ for The Byron Journal, 40. 2, Liverpool University Press, pp.195-196.
  • 2012. '“But words are things”: Poetry and the Problem of Language in Byron's Don Juan', in Peter Cochran (ed.) Byron's Poetry. CSP, pp. 155-162.
  • 2011. Review: 'Emily A. Bernhard Jackson, The Development of Byron's Philosophy of Knowledge: Certain in Uncertainty ,' in The Byron Journal 39.2. Liverpool University Press, pp. 191-193.
  • 2011. '“The Snake Spoke Truth”: Scripture and the Truth in Byron's Cain' in Peter Cochran (ed.) Byron's Religions, CSP, pp. 181-190.

Recent conferences

Conference Presentations and Invited Papers

  • 'Poet as Sage, Sage as Poet: Aesthetics and Epistemology in Percy Bysshe Shelley’s "Hymn to Intellectual Beauty"', The Wordsworth Summer Conference 2015, Rydal Hall, Cumbria, August 2015.
  • '"A joy for ever": Monumental Moments and Paradox in the Poetry of John Keats',  John Keats: Poet-Physician, Physician-Poet, Guy's Hospital, London, May 2015.
  • Invited Panel Speaker at The Writers’ Conference 2015, ‘Freedom to Write?’, Nottingham, March 2015.
  • '"A joy for ever": Monumental Moments and Paradox in the Poetry of John Keats', The Interdisciplinary Eighteenth-Century Research Seminar, University of Nottingham (Invited Paper), February 2015.
  • '"A joy for ever": The Paradoxes of Transience and Temporality in the Poetry of John Keats', The Wordsworth Summer Conference 2014, Rydal Hall, Cumbria, August 2014. 
  • 'Diseased and Injurious Texts: The Problem of Free Speech in the Long Eighteenth Century' (1660-1822), Fashionable Diseases, Northumbria and Newcastle Universites, July 2014.
  • ‘An “Injurious” Text: Southey v. Sherwood and the Importance of Wat Tyler in Romantic Print History’, Robert Southey and Romanticism: The Lake School in Context, Keswick, Cumbria,  July 2013.
  • 'Blasphemy, Sedition and Copyright, 1709 - 1826', Gendering the Book in the Long Eighteenth Century, University of Leeds, July 2013.
  • ‘Poet as Sage, Sage as Poet: Intersections of Aesthetics and Epistemology in Percy Bysshe Shelley’s “Hymn to Intellectual Beauty”, NASSR (North American Society for the Study of Romanticism) 2012. Neuchâtel, Switzerland, August 2012.
  • Laon and Cythna to The Revolt of Islam: A Consideration of Shelley’s Revisions in Context’, - The Wordsworth Summer Conference 2012, Grasmere, Cumbria August 2012.
  • ‘The Life of Mary Shelley’ – Nottingham Playhouse (Invited Paper), 5 December 2011.
  • '“A Vulgar Anthropomorphism”: God, Politics and the Philosophy of Language in Shelley’s Queen Mab’ - The Wordsworth Summer Conference 2011, Grasmere, Cumbria, 1-11 August 2011.

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