Dr Anna Barton


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I joined the University of Sheffield in September 2010 having worked for four years as a lecturer at Keele University.

I completed a BA in Comparative Literature at the University of Warwick in 2002, an MPhil in Romantic Literature at the University of Glasgow in 2003 and a PhD entitled Name and the Lyric in the Poetry of Tennyson at Glasgow in 2006.


My primary research interests lie in nineteenth-century literature, particularly Victorian poetry, and I have published work on a range of poets including Tennyson, Swinburne, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Arthur Hugh Clough and Edward Lear.

My doctoral research provided the basis for my first monograph, Tennyson´s Name, which was published by Ashgate in 2008 and which explores the changing relationship between naming, anonymity, signature and pseudonymity in Tennyson’s poetry. I am also the author of a reading guide to In Memoriam, which was published by Edinburgh University Press in 2012.

I am currently working on a research project that seeks to read the Victorian long poem through the lens of nineteenth-century liberalism.

I am co-Director of the Centre for Nineteenth Century Studies here at Sheffield (http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/nineteenthcentury/index) and I am also Series Editor of ‘Rethinking the Nineteenth Century’, published by Manchester University Press, Commissioning Editor of the Victorian Literature section of Literature Compass (http://literature-compass.com/victorian/ and member of the editorial board of the Tennyson Association.


I currently teach undergraduate modules on Romantic and Victorian Poetry and Prose and Nonsense Literature.

From January 2015 I will convene the MA in Nineteenth-Century Studies (http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/english/pgc/programmes/nineteenth)


I have supervised and examined doctoral work on the literature of the long nineteenth century and would welcome PhD applicants who are interested in Victorian poetry, with particular reference to its relationship with aspects of nineteenth-century identity and culture.


  • Tennyson’s Name : Identity and Responsibility in the Poetry of Alfred Lord Tennyson (Aldershot : Ashgate, 2008)
  • In Memoriam: A Reader’s Guide (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2012).
  • ‘By An Evolutionist: Poetic Language in Chambers and Tennyson’, in Nicholas Saul (ed.), The Evolution of Literature (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2011), pp. 87-100.
  • ‘Beautiful Things: Nonsense and the Museum’, in Jonathan Shears (ed.), Literary Bric-à-Brac: Victorian Oddities and Commodities (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2012), pp. 49-65. Co-authored with Dr Catherine Bates.
Journal Articles
  • ‘Long Vacation Pastorals: Tennyson, Clough and the Poetry of the Liberal University’, Victorian Literature and Culture 42.2 (2014), pp. 251-266.
  • ‘Delirious Bulldogs and Noisy Crockery: Tennyson as Nonsense Poet’, Victorian Poetry, 47. 1 (Spring, 2009) pp. 313-330.
  • ‘Boz, Ba and Derry Down Derry: Names and Pseudonyms in Victorian Literature’, Literature Compass (March, 2009).
  • ‘Letters, Scraps of Manuscript, and Printed Poems: The Correspondence of Edward FitzGerald and Alfred Tennyson’, Victorian Poetry 46.1, (Spring, 2008), pp. 19-35.
  • ‘Lyrical and Responsible Names in Maud’, Tennyson Research Bulletin 9.1 (November, 2007), pp. 42-60.
  • ‘Nursery Poetics: An Examination of Lyric Representations of the Child in Tennyson’s The Princess’, Victorian Literature and Culture 35 (2007), pp. 489-500.
  • ‘“What profits me my name?” the Aesthetic Potential of the Commodified Name in “Lancelot and Elaine”’, Victorian Poetry 44, (Summer, 2006), pp. 135-152.
  • ‘“Eternal honour to his name”: Ode on the Death of the Duke of Wellington and Victorian Memorial Aesthetics’, The Victorian Newsletter, No. 106 (Fall, 2004), pp. 1-8.
Selected Reviews
  • ‘Cornelia Pearsall, Tennyson’s Rapture’, Journal of Victorian Culture 13.2 (Autumn, 2008), pp. 331-4.
  • Emma Mason, Woman Poets of the Nineteenth Century, and Catherine Maxwell, Swinburne, and John Schad, Arthur Hugh Clough’, Journal of Victorian Culture (Autumn, 2007), pp. 326-329.
  • ‘Victorian Poetry’, Year’s Work in English Studies (Oxford University Press, 2007 onwards).