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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


I am currently Head of English and Comparative Literary Studies, and teach on our BA and MA programs. Before becoming HoD, I convened the Philosophy and Literature BA with Eileen John in Philosophy. After studying at the University of Cardiff-Wales (BA English Literature; MA Critical and Cultural Theory), I completed my PhD at the University of Warwick and University of Madison-Wisconsin, and went on to a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at Corpus Christi, Oxford. I have held Visiting Fellowships at the University of Madison-Wisconsin and the Huntington Library, California, and am the founder and director of the research groups CoRAL (Comparative Religions and Literatures) and PAW (Poetry at Warwick).

I work on late eighteenth and early nineteenth-century literature and religion, with a focus on poetry, and am broadly interested in religion and ecology, affect theory, and philosophy and literature. My book Christina Rossetti: Poetry, Ecology, Faith was published in 2018 with Oxford University Press; and I'm currently writing Weird Faith in Nineteenth-Century Literature: Theologies at Work with Mark Knight, with whom I edit the Bloomsbury monograph series New Directions in Religion and Literature.

With Tina Lupton, I am editor of the Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory (Oxford University Press); and 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.

Recent publications (full list here)

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

'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


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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