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EN4402 (module organiser)

EN5200 (module organiser)

Semester 1 convenor of the MLitt Romantic and Victorian Studies



Inventing Edward Lear (Harvard University Press, 2018)

Jane Eyre: An Essential Guide to Criticism (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2008)

Thomas Hood and Nineteenth-century Poetry: Work, Play, and Politics (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2007) More information...

Book Chapters and Articles in Refereed Journals

‘The Grin Without the Cat’ (Commissioned short story) in The Book of Iona ed. Robert Crawford (Edinburgh: Birlinn, 2016)

‘Edward Lear and Dissent’, in Edward Lear and the Play of Poetry ed. Matthew Bevis and James Williams (Oxford: Oxford UP, 2015)

‘“I am a sailor. Captain Arthur Fitz-Arthur, commander of the Formidable, one hundred guns. Your Lordship is Miss Jessy Heathcote”: Masculinity, Power and Play in the Work of the Brontës’ in The Victorian Novel and Masculinity ed. Phillip Mallett (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2015), 1-30.

‘My Dear Daddy: Edward Lear and William Holman Hunt’, Rivista di Studi Vittoriani – Lear bicentenary issue (2014), 79-99.

Afterword to Max Beerbohm, Zuleika Dobson (New York: Melville House Press, 2014), 265-273.

‘Charles Lamb and the Fellowship of the Pun’, Essays in Romanticism, 20, 2013, 37-54.

‘Contested Bounds: John Clare, John Keats and the Sonnet’, Studies in Romanticism, 51:4, 2012, 533-554.

 ‘Literary Influences’ and ‘Late Twentieth-century Criticism in the Academy’ in The Brontës in Context ed. Marianne Thormählen (Cambridge University Press, 2012), 143-50, 191-7.

‘Suasoria’ in Teaching Creative Writing ed. Elaine Walker (Newmarket: The Professional and Higher Partnership, 2012), 57-61.

‘By Its Own Hand: Periodicals and the Paradox of Romantic Authenticity’ in Romanticism, Sincerity, and Authenticity ed. Kerry Sinanan and Tim Milnes (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2010), 185-200.

‘The Andrew Lang Collection’, Treasures of St Andrews University Library (London: Third Millennium, 2010).

Review of Realism, Photography, and Nineteenth-century Fiction, Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Americanistik: A Quarterly of Language, Literature and Culture, 57:4, 2009, 413-4.

Review of John Clare, Politics and Poetry, Forum for Modern Language Studies January 2006, 103-4.

‘Standing Stones at Little Sparta’, in A Sense of Place: A Collection of new Scottish Writing (Edinburgh: Waverley, 2005), 189-192.

‘Romantic Reliquaries: Memory and Irony in the Literary Annuals’, Romanticism Spring 2004, 23-40.

‘Clare’s Drama’, John Clare Journal July 2004, 68-84.

Review of Fatal Women of Romanticism, Romanticism Spring 2004, 119-121.

‘A Life Outside: Clare’s Molecatcher’, John Clare Journal July 2001, 5-18.

The United Nations Vol 1: Systems and Structures  and Vol 2: Functions and Futures (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2000) ed. with Sam Daws and Paul Taylor.

‘Sally Brown and Bridget Jones: Where they Come From and What They Say About Thomas Hood’, Charles Lamb Bulletin, 107, July 1999, 98-109.

‘Hood, Clare and the Mary Chain’, Notes and Queries 45:2, June 1998, 203-8.

‘Thomas Hood’s German Travels’, Kulturtransfer im 19. Jahrhundert, Les Travaux du Centre Marc Bloch, September 1998, 91-108.

Other Academic Articles

Six critical biographies of Romantic-period authors for Literature Online: Thomas De Quincey; William Hazlitt; John Clare; Thomas Hood; Charles Lamb; Mary Russell Mitford.

‘Thomas Hood’ in The Oxford Companion to Romanticism ed. Iain McCalman (Oxford University Press, 2000)

Inventing Edward Lear Thomas Hood and Nineteenth-Century Poetry
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Dr Sara Lodge

Education and Experience

Sara received her BA (Hons) from Cambridge and her DPhil from Oxford University, where she was a lecturer before coming to St Andrews. She has worked as a speechwriter for the Secretary-General at the United Nations in New York. As a journalist, she writes regularly for the British and American press. As a broadcaster, she has contributed to many radio and TV shows including BBC Radio 4’s 'Women's Hour' (on Victorian vampires) and 'Playlist' series (on John Clare) and BBC 4's 'The Secret Lives of Books'; she has co-produced and presented a series of BBC Radio 3's 'The Essay'. She is also a published writer of short stories.

Sara specializes in nineteenth-century literature and culture. Her groundbreaking book Inventing Edward Lear, which examines Lear's musical sound-world and the importance of his background as a musician and composer to his most famous nonsense poems, is published by Harvard University Press in 2018. The book also deals with image and text in Lear's artistic work, with his self-elected membership of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, and with other neglected aspects of his self-invention, from his religious nonconformity to his life-long habit of self-caricature.

Research Interests

Sara is particularly interested in the relationship between literature and the visual arts. She has written on nineteenth-century poetry, periodical culture, comedy, and children’s literature. She welcomes PhD applications in any of these areas. She is the author of three books and over thirty articles and chapters on nineteenth-century literature.

Sara teaches a speechwriting module, unique in the UK, which has produced graduates who have written for MPs, Members of the House of Lords and of the American Senate. She is a contributor to the Network for Oratory and Politics and a member of the European Speechwriters' Network. Her work on Edward Lear has been funded by the Carnegie Trust, the Russell Trust, the Leverhulme Foundation and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. From October 2018, you can visit her page on Edward Lear's musical sound-world here.

She is organising a series of concerts, featuring Lear's words and music, at various venues throughout the UK in 2019-20. Her most recent research project is a book on Victorian women detectives.

Photo credit: © Michael Wharley

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Contact information

Room: KH 301
Phone: 2641

Consultation hours:
12-1 and 2-3 on Fridays

Research Profile on PURE

School role

Honours Adviser (S1)