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Dr. John West

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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 a commissioned chapter about the 'people' in Civil War literature, and 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 that was published by MUP, and a volume of essays that was published by OUP. I also contributed to a series of public engagement activities that led to the development of the educational website Stuarts Online.

Teaching

On the undergraduate syllabus I teach on the modules Epic into Novel, Seventeenth-Century Literature and Literature and Revolution 1640-60 (all of which I convene in 2020-21). 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.

Term 3 Office Hours

My office hours in Term 3 will normally be on:

Monday 3pm - 4pm

Tuesday 3pm - 4pm

Unless otherwise stated, office hours 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).