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Professor Emma Mason

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Head of Department

emma dot mason at warwick dot ac dot uk

5.44 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). I am currently working on volumes II and III of the Complete Poems of William Barnes (Oxford University Press), William Barnes' Dialect Poems in the Dorset County Chronicle (Edinburgh University Press), The 1810s for the Cambridge University Press series, Nineteenth-Century Literature in Transition, and Weird Faith in Nineteenth-Century Literature: Theologies at Work (Bloomsbury) with Mark Knight. Future plans include a study of Catholic poetry; and regional Catholicism in nineteenth-century literature and culture.

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, The Kilvert Society, 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)

'Reading Christian Experience', Modern Language Quarterly (forthcoming, 2022).

'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"', √Čtudes 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.

'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).


Please email me to make an appointment.

Undergraduate modules

Romantic and Victorian Poetry
Blake and Wordsworth
Religion and Literature (in development)
Poetry and Emotion
What Are Poets For?
Problems in Philosophy and Literature

Postgraduate modules

Poetry & Poetics
Romantic Elegy