Dr Will Bowers

Junior Research Fellow in English

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 1660–1900, 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; English perceptions of Italy and Italians 1790–1860; and dialect poetry in the Victorian period (especially William Barnes).


I teach Literature in English between 1660 and 1830. I would be happy to supervise undergraduate and MSt dissertations on any of the subjects mentioned in my Research Interests, above.


I have published an article entitled 'Italian Travel, English Tourism, and Byron's Poetry of Exile', (Litteraria Pragensia, vol. 23, Issue 46, December 2013, 86–102), and am currently completing a book on the subject of Anglo-Italian literary culture in the Regency. I have also written on the formation of the Romantic canon in 'The Dilemma of a 'Romantic' Anthology: Periodization and The Oxford Book of Regency Verse', (Publishing History, vol. 67, 2011, 65–89). 

I co-edited, introduced, and wrote a chapter in Re-evaluating the Literary Coterie, 1550–1830 which was published with Palgrave Macmillan in 2016. I also 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. The book is under contract with Routledge and is due to be delivered in September 2018.

Two forthcoming articles include an essay on Mary Shelley’s translation of Homer, to be published in The Review of English Studies, and a reconsideration of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s lyric ‘I visit thee but thou art sadly changed’, to be published in Notes and Queries.