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Professor Emma Mason

Professor; BA; MA (Cardiff); PhD (Warwick); BAPDF/JRF (Corpus Christi, Oxford); Associate Fellow of the English Association. Visiting fellowships: Madison-Wisconsin; Huntington Library, California. I serve on the editorial boards of Literature and Theology and Literature Compass (Romanticism); and co-edit the Bloomsbury monograph series New Directions in Religion and Literature.

Research interests

Poetry 1750-present; philosophy & literature; religion; Heidegger. At Warwick, I'm the co-founder of CoRAL Comparative Religions and Literatures; and a member of Critical Environments and the Centre for Research in Philosophy and Literature. My current project, supported by a Leverhulme Research Fellowship, is Christina Rossetti: Poet of Grace (Oxford University Press), which examines Rossetti's reading of 'grace' as a poetic negotiation of ecology. I'm broadly interested in poetry, phenomenology and religion (Dharmic and Abrahamic).

Selected publications

Ed., Nineteenth-Century Poetry: Criticism and Debates (Routledge, 2015)

Ed., Reading the Abrahamic Faiths: Rethinking Religion and Literature (Bloomsbury, 2014)

Co-ed., On Human Flourishing: An Anthology of Poetry (McFarland, 2014)

Co-ed., La Questione Romantica, special issue on William Wordsworth (Primavera, 2014)

Ed. 'Nineteenth Century Poetry and Forgiveness', special issue, Literature Compass, 11.2 (2014)

Ed., Elizabeth Jennings: The Collected Poems (Carcanet Press, 2012); Guardian Poetry Paperback of 2012

The Cambridge Introduction to Wordsworth (Cambridge University Press, 2010) [featured on the CUP blog]


Teaching and supervision

I teach on the BA/MA programs in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies and the Philosophy and Literature degree in the Department of Philosophy. I also convene the Poetry and Poetics Pathway on the MA in English Literature. My BA options include: 'What Are Poets For?'; 'Poetry and Emotion'; and 'Blake and Wordsworth'; and MA options include: Poetry and Music; and Romantic Elegy. I currently supervise several doctoral students working in the field of poetry and poetics; and religion and literature.

Contact details

Room H525, Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL;



my Arts Emergency pic, courtesy of their artist in residence, Paul Williams