Head of Department
emma dot mason at warwick dot ac dot uk
H5.44 Faculty of Arts Building
University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7EQ
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).
Religion and literature, eighteenth and nineteenth-century poetry, Christianity and ecology, philosophy and literature. 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 William Barnes' Dialect Poems in the Dorset County Chronicle; and The 1810s for the Cambridge University Press series, Nineteenth-Century Literature in Transition. My long-term plans include a book on Elizabeth Jennings' Catholicism; and regional Catholic culture in nineteenth-century Britain.
With Mark Knight, I edit the Bloomsbury monograph series New Directions in Religion and Literature. 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 a member of the Scholars of Religion and Literature Network, and Arts Emergency..
Teaching and supervision
I teach undergraduate and MA modules on religion, 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 Christianity; as well as modern Christian poetry.
Recent publications (full list here)
'Weakness and Wildness in Wordsworth's "The Brothers"', in Markus Poetzsch and Cassandra Falke, ed., Wild Romanticism (Routledge, 2021); also selected for inclusion in Routledge Historical Resources: Romanticism.
'Tree Being in Peter Larkin's "Skies in Flight of Tree"', Études Anglaises: revue de monde anglophone, 74. 1 (2021), 68–81.
Ed., Peter Larkin: Poetry, Phenomenology, Theology, special issue of the Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry, 12. 1 (2020).
'"How do you not be sad?" Sadness and Communication in BoJack Horseman', Post45, ed. Jack Belloli and Pamela Thurschwell (2020).
'Rossetti's Weak Apocalypse', The Ruskin Review, 14. 2 (2020), 86–99.
'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).
Please email me to make an appointment.