Prof Nicholas Roe

Prof Nicholas Roe

Bishop Wardlaw Professor

Researcher profile

Phone
+44 (0)1334 46 2642
Email
nhr@st-andrews.ac.uk
Office
Room 42
Location
Castle House

 

Biography

Nicholas Roe is Wardlaw Professor of English Literature. He is the author of critically acclaimed biographies and studies including John Keats: A New Life, Fiery Heart: The First Life of Leigh HuntWordsworth and Coleridge: The Radical Years, and John Keats and the Culture of Dissent. He was born in 1955 in England's West Country, and lived for many years on the edge of Dartmoor at Yelverton and Clearbrook. He was educated at the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe (1967-74), and Trinity College, Oxford (1975-82), before joining the English Department at Queen's University, Belfast (1982-5). He joined the School of English at St Andrews University in September 1985 and soon afterwards founded the St Andrews Poetry Festival (now ‘StAnza’). In 1995 he was a co-founder of the scholarly journal Romanticism, which he continues to edit, now approaching its thirtieth anniversary. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, an Honorary Fellow of the English Association, and a Lifetime Member of the Japan Association for English Romanticism. In 2021 he was appointed Honorary Professor of English at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou, People’s Republic of China. Over the years he has given visiting lectures at numerous UK universities, and more widely in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Malta, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, and the US. He was a Trustee of The Keats-Shelley Memorial Association 1997-2015 and of The Wordsworth Trust 2010-2017. He is Chair of The Keats Foundation, and a trustee of The Wordsworth Conference Foundation. His two most recently published  books are an edited collection, John Keats and the Medical Imagination (2017) and a revised and updated second edition of Wordsworth and Coleridge. The Radical Years (1988; second edition 2018).

Research areas

My research interests are in Romantic literature, particularly Leigh Hunt, John Keats and their circle;  Samuel Taylor Coleridge;  Percy Bysshe Shelley;  William Wordsworth. My main writing activities are in the field of literary biography.

PhD supervision

  • Paul Thompson
  • Winifred Liu

Selected publications

  • John Keats and Romantic Scotland

    Garner, K. (ed.) & Roe, N. (ed.), 24 Mar 2022, Oxford: Oxford University Press. 256 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthology

  • John Keats, medicine, and poetry

    Roe, N., 13 Mar 2021, In: The Lancet. 397, 10278, p. 962-963 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

  • Open access

    John Keats at Winchester

    Roe, N., 21 Sep 2018, Keats’s Places. Turley, R. M. (ed.). Palgrave Macmillan, p. 225-243

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Wordsworth and Coleridge: the radical years

    Roe, N., 29 Nov 2018, 2nd ed. Oxford : Oxford University Press. 323 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Open access

    Charles Armitage Brown, John Keats and Plymouth

    Roe, N., Sep 2017, In: Keats-Shelley Review. 31, 2, p. 120-135 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  • Open access

    English restored: John Keats's To Autumn

    Roe, N., 11 Jul 2017, In: Essays in Criticism. 67, 3, p. 237-258 22 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  • Formative years and medical training

    Roe, N. H. & Ghosh, H., Jun 2017, John Keats in context. O'Neill, M. (ed.). Cambridge UK: Cambridge University Press, p. 19-27 9 p. (Literature in context).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • John Keats and the medical imagination

    Roe, N. H. (ed.), Dec 2017, Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. 262 p. (Palgrave studies in literature, science and medicine)

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Open access

    Last words

    Roe, N. H., 1 Feb 2017, Literary Review, 450, p. 22-23 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationBook/Film/Article review

  • Surgery, science and suffering

    Roe, N. H., Jun 2017, John Keats in context. O'Neill, M. (ed.). Cambridge UK: Cambridge University Press, p. 28-37 10 p. 3

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

 

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