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Professor Emma Mason

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Head of Department

emma dot mason at warwick dot ac dot uk

H5.03 Humanities Building
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL


Professor/Head of Department. BA English Literature; MA Critical and Cultural Theory (University of Cardiff-Wales); PhD English and Comparative Literary Studies (University of Warwick and University of Madison-Wisconsin); British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship (Corpus Christi, Oxford).


Late eighteenth and nineteenth-century poetry and religion, religion and ecology, affect theory, and poetry and philosophy. Recent publications include Christina Rossetti: Poetry, Ecology, Faith (Oxford University Press, 2018); current publications include Weird Faith in Nineteenth-Century Literature: Theologies at Work with Mark Knight; a new edition of Barnes' Dialect Poems in the Dorset County Chronicle; and The 1810s for the Cambridge University Press series, Re-reading the Nineteenth Century.

With Mark Knight, I edit the Bloomsbury monograph series New Directions in Religion and Literature; with Tina Lupton, I edit the Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory (Oxford University Press). I serve on the editorial boards of Literature and Theology (Oxford University Press), The John Clare Society Journal, and the Romanticism pathway of Literature Compass (Blackwell). I'm also a member of the Arts Emergency network.

Teaching and supervision

I teach undergraduate and MA modules on poetry, emotion, and philosophy in English and Comparative Literary Studies; and teach on the Philosophy and Literature degree with colleagues in Philosophy. I welcome PhD students with interests in eighteenth and nineteenth-century poetry and/or religion; as well as contemporary poetry and ecology and/or religion.

Recent publications (full list here)

Christina Rossetti: Poetry, Ecology, Faith (Oxford University Press, 2018).

'Rossetti's Weak Apocalypse', The Ruskin Review, 14. 2 (2020), 86–99.

'Poetry', in Timothy Larsen, ed., The Oxford Handbook of Christmas (Oxford University Press, 2020).

'Praying kin: Christina Rossetti and the Unity of Things', in Jo Carruthers, Nour Dakkak, Rebecca Spence, ed., Anticipatory Materialisms in Literature and Philosophy, 1790-1930 (Palgrave, 2020).

'Considering the Lilies: Christina Rossetti's ecological Jesus', in Elizabeth Ludlow, ed., The Figure of Christ in the Nineteenth Century (Palgrave, 2020).

‘"Whales and all that move in the waters": Christina Rossetti’s ecology of grace’, in Wendy Parkins, ed., Victorian Sustainability in Literature and Culture (Routledge, 2018), 69-84.

'Entanglement in fir: thinking matter in Peter Larkin’s “praying // firs \\ attenuate”, in Religions, 9. 1 (2018).

'Critical Vulnerability and the Weakness of Poetry', Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought, Goldsmiths, University of London, May 8, 2017.

Review essay, '"Every age is a Canterbury Pilgrimage": Art and the Sacred in Early Nineteenth-Century Britain', Marginalia: A Los Angeles Review of Books Channel, January 28, 2017


Please email me to make an appointment.

Undergraduate modules

EN227 Romantic and Victorian Poetry
EN234 Blake and Wordsworth
EN333 Poetry and Emotion
EN354 What Are Poets For?
EN122 Modes of Reading
PH107 Problems in Philosophy and Literature

Postgraduate modules

EN973 Poetry & Poetics
EN954 Romantic Elegy