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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

At Warwick, I convene the Philosophy and Literature BA with Eileen John in Philosophy, and teach on the English & Comparative Literary Studies BA and MA programs. 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 Neil Badmington, 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).

‘"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, 2017).

'Entanglement in fir: thinking matter in Peter Larkin’s “praying // firs \\ attenuate”, in Religions, 9. 1 (2017).

'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

‘Devotional Poetry,’ in Jack Lynch, ed., The Oxford Handbook of British Poetry 1660-1800 (Oxford University Press, 2016), pp. 563-578.

‘"All green things": Christina Rossetti's Franciscan ecology’, Religioni e letteratura: nuove intersezioni, Studium, 4 (2016), 530-557.

‘Thinking with plants: ecological logos and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’, The Coleridge Bulletin, 47 (Summer 2016), 73-85.

‘Religion, the Bible and Literature in the Victorian Age,’ Juliet John, ed., The Oxford Handbook to Victorian Literary Culture (Oxford University Press, 2016), pp. 331-349.

‘Punctive grace: reading religion in Barthes’ Mourning Diary’, Textual Practice, 30.2 (2016), 327-343; republished in, Neil Badmington, ed., Deliberations: The Journals of Roland Barthes (Routledge, 2017).

'Wes Anderson's Messianic Elegies,' in Mark Knight, ed., The Routledge Companion to Literature and Religion (Blackwell, 2016), pp. 227-236.

‘Ecology with religion: kinship in John Clare’, in Simon Kövesi and Scott McEathron, New Essays on John Clare: Poetics, Culture and Community (Cambridge University Press, 2015), pp. 97-117.


Please email me directly or the Head of Department PA, Amanda Dougill, 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