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Dr David O'Shaughnessy

David O'Shaughnessy no longer works at the University of Warwick and may be contacted at the School of English, Trinity College, Dublin.


BA (Trinity College Dublin), MA (NUI, Galway) DPhil (Oxon). I am an Early Career Leverhulme Fellow in the Department of English and Comparative Literature. Previously I was a Junior Research Fellow at Linacre College, University of Oxford. I am also the Reviews Editor for the BARS Bulletin and an associate member of the Department of Politics & International Relations, University of Oxford.


Research Interests

I am currently starting a new project on theatrical representations of the Irish in Britain across the Romantic period funded by the Leverhulme Trust. The bulk of my research to date has been on William Godwin on whom I wrote my monograph William Godwin and the Theatre (2010); I've also published an edition of his plays and, with Mark Philp and Victoria Myers, have edited his diary which he kept for almost half a century. I have further interests in Jacobin fiction; Romantic sociability; Romantic historiography; culture and politics of Dissent; Romantic theatre; and digital humanities.



The European Novel, Anglo-Irish Literature, Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture (undergraduate).

Selected Publications


William Godwin and the Theatre (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2010).

The Plays of William Godwin (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2010).


Digital Editions

The Diary of William Godwin, (eds) Victoria Myers, David O'Shaughnessy, and Mark Philp (Oxford: Oxford Digital Library, 2010).


Winner of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Digital Prize 2012


Edited Collections

Bodleian Library Record: Special Issue on William Godwin, ed. David O’Shaughnessy and Mark Philp, 24:1 (April 2011)