Professor John Gardner

Professor of English Literature; Admissions Tutor; International Exchange and Study Abroad Partnerships and Erasmus Coordinator

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

School:Humanities and Social Sciences

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Literature

Research Supervision:Yes

Courses taught: English Literature, English Literature

John teaches all areas of English literature, from Chaucer to the present day. Nonetheless his main areas of research are in 18th- and 19th-century literature and culture.

Visit John's 'Engineering Romanticism' website

Email: john.gardner@aru.ac.uk

Background

John Gardner is Professor in English Literature at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. John previously taught at the university of Glasgow and has acted as an external examiner from BA to PhD at the universities of Aberdeen, Bedfordshire, Cambridge, Coventry, DeMonfort, Essex, UEA, Glasgow, Hertfordshire, Loughborough, Northumbria, Sheffield and York. John teaches all periods of English Literature from First Year to PhD, but his main research interests lie in the timeframe from 1750 to 1950.

John has published on a range of authors to include Samuel Bamford, Lord Byron, Pierce Egan, William Hone, Alexander Rodger, Percy Shelley, James Joyce and William Wordsworth. John's monograph Poetry and Popular Protest: Peterloo, Cato Street and the Queen Caroline Controversy (2011, paperbacked 2018) was shortlisted for the ESSE book prize. John's most recent work has been on 1970s dramatic representations of the rebellions of 1820, by Stewart Conn, James Kelman and Hector MacMillan.

John is currently a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellow and PI on the project 'Turning the Screw,' which explores the convergence of literary and engineering cultures in the first half of the nineteenth century. Leverhulme Trust logo

Research interests

  • Romantic and Victorian poetry and drama
  • illustrators in the romantic period
  • eighteenth and nineteenth-century literature
  • poetry and conflict
  • text and image
  • Scottish literature

Areas of research supervision

John will be pleased to consider supervising postgraduate students with the following research interests:

  • Romantic and Victorian poetry and drama
  • illustrators in the romantic period
  • politics and nineteenth-century literature
  • poetry and conflict.

Recent and current PhD supervision as First Supervisor

  • Dr Eleanor Crouch: 'Frances Burney' (2009-2012)
  • Dr Kirsty Harris: 'Shipwrecks and Loss in Romantic Period Poetry' (2012-2016)
  • Dr Peter Cook: 'The Romantic Influence on Dickens'(2013-2017)
  • Dr Eleanor Crouch: 'Frances Burney' (2009-2012)
  • Dr Kirsty Harris: 'Shipwrecks and Loss in Romantic Period Poetry' (2012-2016)
  • Dr Kate Morrison: 'Illegality in Detective and Spy Fiction; 1880-1919' (2012-2017)
  • Dr Steven White: 'Conservative Poetry of the 1790s' (2011-2016)
  • Dr Anne-Louise Russell: 'Novels, Magazines and Women's Rights: Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Florence Marryat, Charlotte Riddell, Ellen Wood' (2013-2016)
  • Dr Sabina Akram: 'Robert Southey and The Doctor' (2014-2019)
  • Dr Abderrezzak Ghafsi: 'The reception and influence of Charles Dickens on Algerian Literature and culture' (2015-2020)
  • Dr Sue Dean: 'The Works of Mary Mann' (2015-2020)
  • Sophie Phelps: 'Dickens and the Adult Child' (current)
  • Lorena MacMillan, ‘Reaching the Dead: Interpretive Spiritualist Communities, 1855-1914’ (current)
  • Meg McDonald, ‘Gods above? Religious Belief in Genre Fantasy’ (current)
  • Paul Jackson, ‘The Round Letters of Percy Grainger’ (current)
  • Andrea Lambert: ‘The Agency of Byron’s Women’ (current)

Qualifications

  • PhD, Glasgow
  • MA
  • PGCE, Anglia Ruskin University

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship 2019
  • Adviser for BBC2 Culture show on Peterloo and Shelley’s Mask of Anarchy, 2013
  • Adviser on poetry for film ‘Nothingness’ (2008)/li>
  • Consultant, BBC Culture Show on Shelley and the Peterloo Massacre (2014)
  • Consultant and interviewee on BBC2 programme Portillo's State Secrets (2015)
  • External Examiner, MA Creative Writing, Oxford Brookes University (2008-2012)
  • External Examiner, MA English Literature, The University of Hertfordshire (2009-2013)
  • External Examiner, BA English Literature, The University of East Anglia (2012-2016)
  • External Examiner, BA English Literature, University of Coventry (2015-2017)
  • External Examiner, BA English Literature, Northumbria University (2015-2019)
  • External Examiner, MA BA English Literature, DeMonfort University (2017-2019)
  • External Examiner, MA English Literature, University of Sheffield, (2017-2019)
  • External Examiner, BA English Literature, University of Cambridge (2018-present)
  • Editorial Board of The John Clare Journal
  • Editor, Charles Lamb Bulletin, (2020-)

Selected recent publications

Book Chapters

'Scripted by Whom? 1820 and Theatres of Rebellion' in The Cato Street Conspiracy; Plotting, Counter Intelligence and the Revolutionary Tradition in Britain and Ireland, eds. Jason McElligott and Martin Conboy (Manchester: MUP, 2020)

‘Peterloo and the Established Church’ in Peterloo and the Violence of Romanticism, ed. By Michael Demson and Regina Hewitt (Edinburgh: EUP, 2019) [8000 words]

‘The Estranged Child in Byron’s The Deformed Transformed’ in Breaking the Mould, a Collection of Essays in Memory of Peter Cochran, ed. By Malcolm Kelsall, Peter Graham and Mirka Horova.(Cambridge: CSP, 2018) [6000 words]

‘William Hone, Pierce Egan and the de-politicization of Popular Literature’ in The Regency Revisited, eds. Tim Fulford and Michael Sinatra (London: Palgrave, 2016) [6000 words]

‘Cobbett’s Return to England in 1819’ in William Cobbett, Romanticism and the Enlightenment (London, Pickering and Chatto, 2015) [9000 words]

‘Elements of Political and Social Protest Writing’ in Atherton, Green and Snapper (authors and eds.), Teaching English Literature 16-19 (Cambridge: CUP, 2015)

Gardner, J., 2014. Theatre and the Romantic Canon: The Case of Byron's Marino. In: Swindells, J. and Taylor, D.F. (Ed.). The Oxford Handbook of the Georgian Theatre 1737-1832. (Oxford: OUP, 2014) [8000 words]

 

Refereed journal articles

‘Remembering Peterloo’. British Politics Review, 12 (2). pp. 9-10. ISSN 1890-4505

Gardner, J., 2014. William Hone's Peterloo. The Manchester Region History Review. [5000 words]

Gardner, J., 2013. Preventing Revolution: Cato Street, Bonnymuir, and Cathkin. Studies in Scottish Literature, 39(1), pp.160-180. [7000 words]

Gardner, J., 2013. Charles Lamb and the Manchester Observer. Notes and Queries.

 

Reviews

Byron, George Gordon, Manfred, (Broadview, 2019) for Romantic Circles.

Haywood and Seed (eds.) The Gordon Riots for Romanticism.

Freya Johnston and Matthew Bevis (eds), Thomas Love Peacock Crotchet Castle. Pp. cxxii + 328 (The Cambridge Edition of the Novels of Thomas Love Peacock). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016. £79.99 (ISBN 978 1 107 93972 5). In Notes and Queries (Oxford: OUP, 2018)

Nicholas A. Joukovsky (ed.), Thomas Love Peacock Nightmare Abbey. Pp. cxlii + 297 (The Cambridge Edition of the Novels of Thomas Love Peacock). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016. £84.99 (ISBN 978 1 107 03186 9). In Notes and Queries (Oxford: OUP, 2018)

Hazlitt the Dissenter: Religion, Philosophy, and Politics, 1766–1816 by Stephen Burley. Notes and Queries, 63 (2). pp. 314-315. ISSN 1471-6941

William Cobbett, the Press and Rural England; Radicalism and the Fourth Estate, 1792–1835 by James Grande. Notes and Queries, 63 (2). pp. 311-312.

London, Radical Culture, and the Making of the Dickensian Aesthetic by Sambudha Sen / Dickens and Modernity by Juliet John / Corpus Stylistics and Dickens's Fiction by Michaela Mahlberg. Journal of Victorian Culture, 19 (4). pp. 562-565.

Byron's Romantic Politics: The Problem of Metahistory by Peter Cochran. Notes and Queries, 61 (2).

James Grande, John Stevenson and Richard Thomas, eds., The Opinions of William Cobbett. BARS Review, 44.

1820: Disorder and Stability in the United Kingdom by Malcolm Chase. Cultural and Social History, 11 (4). pp. 625-627. ISSN 1478-0046

Tom Mole (ed.), Romanticism and Celebrity Culture, 1750-1850.Notes and Queries. (2013)

‘Within the sound of Bow Bells.’ Review of Gregory Dart, Cockney Adventures (CUP, 2013) Journal of Victorian Culture. (2013)

A.A. MARKELY AND MIRIAM L. WALLACE (eds). Re-Viewing Thomas Holcroft, 1745–1809. Review of English Studies. (2013)

 

Journalism

‘James Bond, North Korea and the shadow of intercontinental ballistic missiles’. The Conversation, July 2017.

'This is the Place: how a poem gave a voice to Manchester's grief'. The Conversation, May 2017.

 

Recent presentations and conferences

Plenary: ‘Hazlitt and Peterloo’, at Hazlitt Day, University of London, September 2019.

‘Bamford and the Bishops’, at Peterloo at 200, University of York, March 2019.

‘Wordsworth’s Sites of Massacre’, Wordsworth Conference Foundation, Rydal Hall, August 2019.

Institutions as Actors Roundtable, University of York, December 2017.

‘William Hone and the Spy System’ invited paper, University of Warwick, November 2017.

'Birkbeck, the Glasgow Frankenstein and the First Mechanics' Institutes'. Invited sole paper to the Faculty of English nineteenth century seminar, Faculty of English, University of Cambridge, October 2017.

‘The Conspiracies of 1820’. Keynote, at Cato Street Conference, University of Sheffield, September 2017.

'Conundrums of the Workshops 1890'. In: Romantic Improvement, the 15th biannual conference of the British Association for Romantic Studies, hosted by the University of York’s Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies and Department of English and Related Literature, University of York, July 2017.

‘The Andersonian University, George Birkbeck and the Glasgow Mechanics' Institute’. In: Institutions as Networks, second workshop of 'Institutions of Literature, 1700-1900', Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, London, July 2017.

‘My name with the literary fashionables is vulgar – I am a weaver boy to them’; Keats and Class. In: English Media and Film Conference, Hills Road Sixth Form College, July 2017.

'Pierce Egan and William Hone', University of California at Berkeley, 2016.

'Poetry after Waterloo', Literature and History Conference, University Centre Suffolk, 2016.

'Engineering and Literary Cultures', at the International Conference of the European Society for Periodical Research, The Nordic Museum, Stockholm, Sweden, 2015.

‘Romantic radicalism in the sciences and engineering’, Aix Marseille University, 2015.

‘Cobbett's return to England in 1819' at ‘Cobbett at 250’, Nuffield College, University of Oxford, November 2013.

'Continuing After Defeat; "Radical Anger" and the Established Church' at The Making of the English Working Class: Fifty Years On, Anglia Ruskin University, 2013.

'Radicalism in the 1820s' at Making a Darkness Visible: The Literary Moment 1820-1840, The Literary and Philosophical Society of Newcastle, 2013.

'The Clerical Magistrate', Modern Languages Association Conference, 2013.

 

Media experience

Historical adviser and filmed interview with Michael Portillo for TV programme ‘Portillo’s State Secrets’. First broadcast 3 April 2015, 6.00pm. on BBC2.

Adviser for BBC2 Culture show on Peterloo and Shelley’s Mask of Anarchy.