Dr Rosie Whitcombe

School of English

MHRA Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Dr Rosie Whitcombe
School of English
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I am an MHRA Postdoctoral Research Associate working in the School of English on the forthcoming CUP edition of the collected works of Ann Radcliffe. I studied for my BA and MA at the University of Sheffield, before taking a PhD at Birmingham City University. I am an Associate Fellow of the HEA. I was awarded a STEAM scholarship from Birmingham City University to undertake my doctoral research into the letters of John Keats. My thesis examines Keats’s letters within an historical and literary critical framework and studies the cultures and forms of letter writing in the long-eighteenth century. I am particularly interested in Keats’s epistolary negotiation of death and grief and how he uses the letter to merge (often literally in a material sense) verse and prose to achieve new meaning. My essay, ‘Connection, Consolation, and the Power of Distance in the Letters of John Keats’, won the 2020 Keats-Shelley Essay Prize and was published in the spring 2021 issue of The Keats-Shelley Review. Alongside Professor Dawn Hadley (University of York) and Dr Vicky Crewe (University of Sheffield), I am co-editor of The Life and Adventures of Harvey Teasdale, The Converted Clown and Man-Monkey, with his Remarkable Conversion in Wakefield Prison. The text is a rare example of nineteenth-century working-class autobiography.

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Research interests

My primary research interest is eighteenth/nineteenth-century letters and letter writing. I specialise in Romantic period letter writing and poetry, and I have a strong interest in Gothic fiction. My current research project focuses on the reception of Gothic writer Ann Radcliffe. I am assisting the editorial team working on The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ann Radcliffe, which will be the first full edition of Radcliffe's works. I am very interested in how her reputation was shaped and manipulated by the press, and how she was treated by the literary establishment after her death. I am excited to be part of a project that will further enhance Radcliffe's reputation and make her writing more accessible to a wider range of readers.


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