Dr Gregory Tate

Dr Gregory Tate

Director of Teaching

Researcher profile

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Greg Tate is a Senior Lecturer in Victorian Literature. He studied as an undergraduate at the University of Sheffield, and as a postgraduate at Linacre College, University of Oxford. He completed his doctorate in 2009, and subsequently worked as a college lecturer at St Anne’s and Trinity Colleges, Oxford. He then taught at the University of Surrey, before joining the School of English at St Andrews in 2015. In 2013 Greg was named as a BBC New Generation Thinker, and in 2017-18 he was a British Academy Mid-Career Fellow. He is the author of two monographs - The Poet's Mind: The Psychology of Victorian Poetry (2012) and Nineteenth-Century Poetry and the Physical Sciences: Poetical Matter (2020) - and the editor of a volume of the poetry and prose of Arthur Hugh Clough in Oxford University Press's 21st-Century Oxford Authors series. He has published essays on Alfred Tennyson, Robert Browning, May Kendall, Jane Austen, John Keats, Humphry Davy, and science in the nineteenth-century periodical press. He is currently writing a book about English grammar and literary style in Victorian poetry and prose.

Research areas

Greg Tate specialises in nineteenth-century literature. Particular research interests include Romantic and Victorian poetry; grammar and linguistics in the nineteenth century; literature and science; literature and philosophy; literature and psychology; the periodical press; and the connections between literary form and gender in the nineteenth century. He welcomes applications from postgraduates interested in pursuing doctoral research in any of these areas.

PhD supervision

  • Rachel Zimmerman
  • Roisin Neenan
  • Anna Pearson

Selected publications

  • Open access

    Superlative Clough

    Tate, G., 11 Apr 2022, In: Essays in Criticism. 72, 1, p. 25-52

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  • Open access

    Thomas Hardy's pure English

    Tate, G. P., 4 Mar 2021, (Accepted/In press) In: Victorian Literature and Culture.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  • 21st-Century Oxford Authors: Arthur Hugh Clough

    Tate, G. P., 29 Sep 2020, Oxford University Press. (21st-Century Oxford Authors)

    Research output: Book/ReportScholarly edition

  • Open access

    Evolution, idealism, and individualism in May Kendall's comic verse

    Tate, G., 16 Mar 2020, In: English Literature in Transition 1880 - 1920. 63, 3, p. 429-451

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  • Nineteenth-century poetry and the physical sciences: poetical matter

    Tate, G., Jul 2020, Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. 271 p. (Palgrave studies in literature, science and medicine)

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Open access

    Arthur Hugh Clough's pedigree

    Tate, G. P., Jul 2019, In: Journal of Victorian Culture. 24, 3, p. 323-328

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  • Open access

    Humphry Davy and the problem of analogy

    Tate, G. P., 1 Jul 2019, In: Ambix: The Journal of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry. 66, 2-3, p. 140-157 18 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  • Poetry and Science

    Tate, G. P., 18 May 2017, The Routledge Research Companion to Nineteenth-Century British Literature and Science. Holmes, J. & Ruston, S. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 101-114 14 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review

  • Researching Science and Periodicals: Satire and Scientific Jargon in Punch

    Tate, G. P., 26 Jun 2017, Researching the Nineteenth-Century Periodical Press: Case Studies. Easley, A., King, A. & Morton, J. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 161-174 14 p. 11

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review

  • The Experimental Self: Humphry Davy and the making of a man of science

    Tate, G., 2017, In: Annals of Science. 74, 4, p. 335-336 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article reviewpeer-review


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