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Dr. John West


Dr John West is Assistant Professor, and teaches in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies.

Research Interests

My research focuses on seventeenth-century literature and culture, especially the intersections of literature, politics, and religion from around 1640 to 1714. My current projects include work towards an essay on royalist elegy in 1660 and early research for a book about literature and succession from the end of the First Civil War to the restoration of Charles II. The latter project springs from my work as a Research Fellow at Exeter University on the Stuart Successions Project, which yielded a bibliographical database of succession literature, an anthology of primary sources, and forthcoming essays on poetry about the 1688-9 Revolution and images of Rome in succession writing. I also contributed to a series of public engagement activities that led to the development of the educational website Stuarts Online.


On the undergraduate syllabus I teach on the modules Epic into Novel and The Seventeenth Century (both of which I convene in 2018-19). Before arriving at Warwick, I taught literature and drama for nearly two years at the University of Nottingham, where I also supervised undergraduate dissertations on topics ranging from witchcraft on the early modern stage to the devil in children’s literature and an MA dissertation on Renaissance epic. I’d be happy to hear from undergraduates and postgraduates interested in writing dissertations on any aspects of seventeenth-century literature.

Selected Publications

Dryden and Enthusiasm: Literature, Religion, and Politics in Restoration England (Oxford, 2018).

With Andrew McRae ed. Literature of the Stuart Successions: An Anthology (Manchester, 2017).

'Poetry, the Passions, and Anti-Democracy in Later Stuart England' in Democracy and Anti-Democracy in Early Modern England, 1603-1689 ed. Cesare Cuttica and Markku Peltonen (Leiden, 2019).

‘‘A great Romance feigned to raise wonder’: Literature and the Making of the 1689 Succession’ in Stuart Succession Literature: Moments and Transformations ed. Andrew McRae and Paulina Kewes (Oxford, 2019), pp. 114-31.


My office hours for Term 3 will be on:

Tuesday 2pm - 3pm

Thursday 2pm - 3pm

These will be conducted either by phone or via Microsoft Teams. To book an appointment, please use my appointments page (see tab in the top left).