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Lynda Pratt

Professor of Romanticism, Faculty of Arts

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Expertise Summary

BA (Manchester), DPhil (Oxon)

My expertise is in literature and culture from the eighteenth to early nineteenth centuries. I have a particular interest in the Romantic period, the recovery of lost or problematic literary reputations, literary networks, counterfactual literary history, editing, and the complex relationships between writers and places. I am a member of the AHRC Peer Review College and a Fellow of the English Association. I am an editorial board member of the journals 'Romanticism' and 'Essays in Romanticism' and am on the editorial advisory boards for forthcoming editions of the poetry of Walter Scott and the letters of Elizabeth Montagu.

My research has been funded by grants from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust. I have also received visiting awards from a number of North American institutions, including the Beinecke Library, Yale; the Huntington Library; Princeton University Library; and the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, Texas.

Teaching Summary

My teaching connects to my research expertise in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. I teach across all years of the undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum, from first year to MA. I… read more

Research Summary

My research is concentrated on the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, especially the Romantic period. I have particular interests in the recovery of literary reputations; counterfactual… read more

Selected Publications

  • PACKER, I., PRATT, L. and , eds., 2013. Digital scholarly edition of the letters of Robert Southey, with full critical apparatus, including introduction, editorial methodology, footnotes, chronology, biographies and indices of people and places. The collected letters of Robert Southey: Part four: 1810-1815 University of Maryland.
  • PACKER, I. and PRATT, L., eds., 2011. Digital scholarly edition of the letters of Robert Southey, with full critical apparatus, including introduction, editorial methodology, footnotes, chronology, biographies and indices of people and places. The collected letters of Robert Southey: Part two 1798-1803 Romantic Circles.
  • LYNDA PRATT, ed., 2009. Digital scholarly edition. The Collected Letters of Robert Southey. Part 1: 1791-1797
  • LYNDA PRATT, DANIEL E. WHITE, IAN PACKER, TIM FULFORD and CAROL BOLTON, eds., 2012. Print scholarly edition. Robert Southey: Later Poetical Works, 1811-38: Laureate Poems Pickering and Chatto.

I am very experienced PhD supervisor and welcome applications on all aspects of Romantic period literature and culture, and on writers and writing of the Long Eighteenth and the Nineteenth centuries.

Please do e-mail me if you wish to discuss a proposed research topic.

My teaching connects to my research expertise in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. I teach across all years of the undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum, from first year to MA. I teach on a year 2 module on the period 1700-1830 and a convene more specialist year 3 module on 'Romanticism'.

Undergraduate Modules taught

Year 1: 'Studying Modern Literature'

Year 2: 'From Talking Horses to Romantic Revolutionaries: Literature 1700-1830'

Year 3: 'Romanticism: Writing 1780-1830'

Postgraduate Modules taught

​I teach on the core modules for the MA in English Literature, including 'Textualities' and supervise MA dissertations.

Current Research

My research is concentrated on the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, especially the Romantic period. I have particular interests in the recovery of literary reputations; counterfactual literary history; poetry and place; scholarly editing; manuscript and print culture; and digital humanities.

I am General Editor of The Collected Letters of Robert Southey, one of the largest scale digital Romanticism projects currently in progress. Parts 1-4 of the edition have been published and Parts 5 and 6 are forthcoming in 2016. You can find out more about the edition here:

https://www.rc.umd.edu/editions/southey_letters

I am also working on a new project on 'British Romanticism and the Culture of Non-Publication'. A chapter related to this is forthcoming in the Oxford Handbook of British Romanticism, ed. David Duff (2016).

I am actively involved in The Centre for Regional Literature and Culture (www.nottingham.ac.uk/crlc). This runs regular seminars and conferences and coordinates a number of research and outreach initiatives on space and place; cultural geography; writing and the local; regional and national literary cultures; and text-editing.

I am an experienced PhD supervsior and welcome applications from students working on the Eighteenth Century, Romantic period and later Nineteenth Century.

Past Research

I have published widely on the 'Lake' poet Robert Southey and his circle.

I was general editor of Robert Southey: Poetical Works 1793-1810 (2004), awarded an 'Honorable Mention' in the MLA prize for a Distinguished Scholarly Edition; and co-general editor of Robert Southey: Later Poetical Works (2012).

My edited collections Southey and the Contexts of English Romanticism and Wales and the Romantic Imagination (co-ed. Damian Walford Davies) appeared in 2006 and 2007 respectively. In 2011 I guest-edited a Southey special issue of the journal Romanticism (2011).

  • PRATT, L and PACKER, IAN, eds., 2017. Scholarly digital edition. The Collected Letters of Robert Southey. Part Six: 1819-21 Romantic Circles, University of Maryland.
  • PRATT, L. and PACKER, I., 2017. Robert Southey and the Peninsular Campaign. In: HAYWOOD, I. and SAGLIA, D., eds., Spain in British Romanticism Palgrave. (In Press.)
  • PRATT, L., 2016. Non-Publication. In: DUFF, D., ed., The Oxford Handbook of British Romanticism Oxford University Press. (In Press.)
  • PRATT, L., FULFORD, T. and PACKER, I., eds., 2016. Scholarly Digital Edition. The Collected Letters of Robert Southey: Part 5. 1816-1818 Romantic Circles, University of Maryland.
  • PACKER, I., PRATT, L. and , eds., 2013. Digital scholarly edition of the letters of Robert Southey, with full critical apparatus, including introduction, editorial methodology, footnotes, chronology, biographies and indices of people and places. The collected letters of Robert Southey: Part four: 1810-1815 University of Maryland.
  • LYNDA PRATT, DANIEL E. WHITE, IAN PACKER, TIM FULFORD and CAROL BOLTON, eds., 2012. Print scholarly edition. Robert Southey: Later Poetical Works, 1811-38: Laureate Poems Pickering and Chatto.
  • LYNDA PRATT and IAN PACKER, eds., 2012. Print scholarly edition. Robert Southey: Later Poetical Works, 1811-38: Shorter Poems Pickering and Chatto.
  • LYNDA PRATT, 2012. Robert Southey’s Poetry: Inscribing a Romantic Reputation. In: FREDERICK BURWICK, NANCY MOORE and DIANE LONG HOEVELER, eds., The Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Romantic Literature 3. 1274-80
  • PACKER, I. and PRATT, L., eds., 2011. Digital scholarly edition of the letters of Robert Southey, with full critical apparatus, including introduction, editorial methodology, footnotes, chronology, biographies and indices of people and places. The collected letters of Robert Southey: Part two 1798-1803 Romantic Circles.
  • PRATT, L., 2011. What Robert Southey did not write next Romanticism. 17.1, 1-9
  • 2011. Southey Special Issue Romanticism. 17.1, 1-93
  • LYNDA PRATT, 2011. ‘Is he “well authenticated”? Southey and Anna Seward’. In: ASHLEY CHANTLER, MICHAEL DAVIES and PHILIP SHAW, eds., Literature and Authenticity, 1780-1900 1st. Ashgate. 25-37
  • LYNDA PRATT, 2010. Bristowa's Citizens? Coleridge, Southey and Bristol Coleridge Bulletin. 28(Summer), 33-42
  • LYNDA PRATT, 2010. His Days Among the Dead are No Longer Passed: Editing Robert Southey Literature Compass. 7(2), 72-81
  • PRATT, L., 2010. Southey's West Country. In: ROE, N., ed., English romantic writers and the West Country Palgrave Macmillan. 201-217
  • LYNDA PRATT, ed., 2009. Digital scholarly edition. The Collected Letters of Robert Southey. Part 1: 1791-1797
  • LYNDA PRATT and , eds., 2009. The Letters of Robert Bloomfield and His Circle Romantic Circles.
  • LYNDA PRATT, 2008. 'Let Not Bristol Be Ashamed': Coleridge's Afterlife in the Early Recollections of Joseph Cottle. In: JAMES VIGUS AND JANE WRIGHT, ed., Coleridge's Afterlives Palgrave. 20-35
  • LYNDA PRATT, 2008. Tea and national history Studies in Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century. 265-279
  • LYNDA PRATT AND TIM FULFORD, 2008. Editing Robert Southey for the twenty-first century European Romantic Review. 19(2), 187-197
  • LYNDA PRATT and DAMIAN WALFORD DAVIES, eds., 2007. Wales and the Romantic Imagination 1st ed. Cardiff : University of Wales Press.
  • PRATT, L.D., 2007. Southey in Wales: inscriptions, monuments and Romantic posterity. In: WALFORD DAVIES, D. and PRATT, L., eds., Wales and the Romantic Imagination Cardiff : University of Wales Press. 86-103
  • PRATT, L.D., 2007. 'Hung, drawn and Quarterlyed? Robert Southey, poetry, poets and "The Quarterly Review"'. In: JONATHAN CUTMORE, ed., Conservatism and 'The Quarterly Review' 1st. London : Pickering and Chatto. 185-202
  • PRATT, L.D. AND WALFORD DAVIES, D., 2007. Introduction: Devolving Romanticism. In: PRATT, L.D. AND WALFORD DAVIES, D., ed., Wales and the Romantic Imagination University of Wales Press.
  • PRATT, L.D., ed., 2006. Robert Southey and the contexts of English romanticism Aldershot: Ashgate.
  • PRATT, L.D., 2006. '"Where success ... is certain": Southey the literary Eastindiaman. In: FRANKLIN, M.J., ed., Romantic Representations of British India London : Routledge. 132-153
  • PRATT, L.D., 2006. Family misfortunes: the posthumous editing of Robert Southey. In: PRATT, L.D., ed., Robert Southey and the Contexts of English Romanticism Aldershot : Ashgate. 219-238
  • PRATT, L.D., 2006. Introduction: Robert Southey and the Contexts of English Romanticism. In: PRATT, L.D., ed., Robert Southey and the Contexts of English Romanticism Aldershot : Ashgate. xvii-xxix
  • PRATT, L.D., 2005. Epic. In: , ed., Romanticism: an Oxford Guide Oxford : Oxford University Press. 332-49
  • PRATT, L.D., ed., 2004. Scholarly edition of Robert Southey. Robert Southey: poetical works, 1793-1810: Vol. 1: Joan of Arc Pickering masters London: Pickering and Chatto.
  • PRATT, L.D., ed., 2004. Scholarly edition of Robert Southey. Robert Southey: Poetical Works, 1793-1810: Vol. 5: Selected Shorter Poems, 1793-1810 Pickering Masters London: Pickering and Chatto.
  • PRATT, L.D., 2004. Introduction 'Robert Southey, writing and Romanticism' Romanticism on the Net.
  • PRATT, L.D., ed., 2004. Robert Southey: Poetical Works, 1793-1810: Vol. 2: Madoc London : Pickering and Chatto.
  • PRATT, L.D., 2003. The Media of Friends or Foes? Unpublished Letters from Joseph Cottle to Robert Southey, 1834-1837 Modern Language Review. VOL 98(PART 3), 545-562
  • PRATT, L.D., 2003. The marriage poems of Robert Southey and Caroline Bowles' Notes and Queries. n.s. 50, 282-87
  • PRATT, L.D., 2002. Coleridge's marriage in 1802: an unpublished letter by Robert Southey Notes and Queries. n.s. 49, 8-15
  • PRATT, L.D., 2001. Patriot poetics and the Romantic national epic. In: KITSON, P.J., ed., Placing and Displacing Romanticism Aldershot : Ashgate. 93-111
  • PRATT, L.D., 2000. Naval Contemplation: Poetry, patriotism and the Navy 1797-99 Journal for Maritime Research. December.,
  • PRATT, L.D., 2000. "Perilous Acquaintance". Coleridge, Southey and Charles Lloyd in the 1790s: Five New Letters' Romanticism. 6(1), 98-115
  • PRATT, L.D., 2000. Anglo-Saxon Attitudes: Alfred the Great and the Romantic National Epic. In: SCRAGG, D and WEINBURG, C., eds., Literary Appropriations of the Anglo-Saxons from the Thirteenth to the Twentieth Century Cambridge : Cambridge University Press. 138-56
  • PRATT, L.D. and DENISON, D., 2000. The Language of Southey and His Circle. In: Culture, Style and Language in Eighteenth-Century England 401-10
  • PRATT, L.D., 1999. The Pantisocratic Origins of Southey's Madoc: An Unpublished Letter Notes and Queries. 46, 34-39
  • PRATT, L.D., 1996. Revising the Romantic National Epic: Coleridge, Southey and Madoc Romanticism. 2(2), 149-63
  • PRATT, L.D., 1994. A Coleridge borrowing from Southey Notes and Queries. 41, 336-8
  • PRATT, L.D., 1994. The Southey circle and Scandinavian mythology and literature. In: Celtic and Germanic themes in European art and literature 95-107
  • PRATT, L.D., 1994. Coleridge, Wordsworth and Joan of Arc Notes and Queries. 41, 335-6

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