Staff profile

Dr Amanda Blake Davis

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in English Literature

Amanda Blake Davis reading a book.


English, Creative Writing and Publishing


College of Arts, Humanities and Education



Research centre

Identity, Culture and Representation Research Centre





I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in English Literature. My research focuses on eighteenth and nineteenth-century literature and culture, with particular emphasis on Romantic poetry. I am especially interested in Percy Bysshe Shelley, and I am currently working on my first monograph, Shelley and Androgyny, along with a project on Shelley and trees.

Teaching responsibilities

1st Year: Mutants & Monsters: Interpreting Fantasy

3rd Year: Eighteenth-Century Literature: Terror, Wit and Letters of Love

MA: Enlightenment: Ferment of Ideas

MA: Environmental History: Nature, Landscape and Society

Research interests

My primary research interests are in eighteenth and nineteenth-century literature and culture; Romanticism; poetry and poetics; form; aesthetics; classical reception; and influence and allusion. I have additional research interests in material culture; visual culture; print culture; manuscript studies; vegan studies; metal studies; gender studies; Irish studies; and the environmental humanities.

I am currently preparing my first monograph, Shelley and Androgyny. My monograph analyses androgyny as a psychic merger in Shelley's poetry alongside his readings and translation of Plato's Symposium, with attention to Plato's implication of the reader as an interlocutor.

My current project is on trees in Romantic poetry. My project engages with object-oriented ontology and ecocriticism to propose ecological readings of Blake and Shelley among others, with particular emphasis on intermedial forms and visual, material, and verbal connections.

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Additional interests and activities

I have served as a Postgraduate Representative for the British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS) since 2019, and I also serve on the BARS Digital Events Committee. Prior to this, I served as a Communications Fellow for the Keats-Shelley Association of America (K-SAA).

I am an organiser of the 2022 Shelley Conference and I also co-organise an ongoing series of Shelley200 events and initiatives to commemorate the bicentenary of the poet's death in 1822.

I am a contributor to the 'Literature 1780-1830: The Romantic Period, General and Prose' section of The Year's Work in English Studies.

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