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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 democracy and the passions in Restoration poetry 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 Seventeenth-Century Literature and Culture (which I also convene in 2017-18). 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).

‘‘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, forthcoming 2018).


Week 5 - Wednesday 23 May: 2pm - 4pm

Week 6 - Wednesday 30 May: 4.15pm-5.15pm

Thursday 31 May: 10am-11am