Dr Madeleine Callaghan


Dr Madeleine CallaghanRoom 2.24, Jessop West
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I joined the School of English as a lecturer in September 2010. My research specialty is the poetry of Wordsworth, Byron, Shelley, and Yeats. I also have research interests in Milton, Coleridge, and other Romantic poets and prose writers, and in post-war British and Irish poetry, particularly that of Louis MacNeice and W. H. Auden.

I read English at Durham University, and where I then took a Masters and a PhD. Though I focused on Romantic poetry during my degrees, I continue to pursue my interests in twentieth-century poetry, and have co-edited a book with Professor Michael O´Neill in the Blackwell Guides to Criticism series, entitled Twentieth Century British and Irish Poetry: Hardy to Mahon.


My primary area of interest is Romantic and post-Romantic poetry, and I have recently completed a monograph (published by Liverpool University Press) on Percy Bysshe Shelley, entitled Shelley’s Living Artistry: Letters, Poems, Plays. I have written about the poetry of the Romantic period, particularly on Wordsworth, Byron, Shelley, and Yeats, and I also have research interests in Milton, Coleridge, and in post-war British, American, and Irish poetry, particularly that of W. H. Auden and John Berryman.

I am particularly interested in the role and responsibility of the poet from the Romantic period to the present day. This was a point of serious debate in the Romantic period, from Shelley's sense of the "unacknowledged legislator" to Byron's mocking yet intense questioning of the place of poetry and the poet in culture. My work aims to pay close attention to the workings of poetry to consider the contested significance and singularity of the poet to their culture.


My research and teaching interests are closely related. I teach on the English Literature BA course and the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Masters programmes. Modules that I contribute to at undergraduate level include 'Romantic and Victorian Poetry', 'Restoration and Eighteenth Century Literature', and  'Modern Literature', plus my approved modules, 'The Elegy' and 'Byron and Shelley'.
At graduate level, I contribute to 'Interdisciplinary Approaches to Nineteenth-Century Studies', the MA in Eighteenth Century Studies, and I convene a module entitled 'Poetry and History'.


I am currently supervising doctoral theses on Owen and the Romantic elegiac tradition (funded by WRoCAH), Keats and pleasure and pain (funded by the Wolfson Foundation), Percy Bysshe Shelley and androgyny, and pastoral poetry in the Romantic period, and a project on the second-generation Romantic poets and quest has successfully passed the PhD viva (AHRC funded). I am interested in supervising PhD candidates in any of my research interests, especially in Romantic or post-Romantic poetry.

  • 2017. Callaghan, Madeleine. Shelley's Living Artistry: Letters, Poems, Plays. At press with Liverpool University Press; Forthcoming in May 2017.
  • 2017. O’Neill, Michael and Madeleine Callaghan. The Blackwell Handbook to Romantic Poetry. Forthcoming, 2017.
  • 2012. O’Neill, Michael and Tony Howe, ed., with the assistance of Madeleine Callaghan. The Oxford Handbook of Percy Bysshe Shelley. Oxford: Oxford UP.
  • 2011. O’Neill, Michael and Madeleine Callaghan, eds. Twentieth-Century British and Irish Poetry. Blackwell Guides to Criticism. Oxford: Blackwell.
Chapters in Edited Collections
  • "Keats’s Letters." John Keats in Context, ed. Michael O'Neill. Cambridge: Cambridge UP (forthcoming).
  • "Byron, Shelley, and Keats, and the Limits of Letters," ed. Madeleine Callaghan and Anthony Howe. London: Palgrave (under contract).
  • 2015. "'Any thing human or earthly': Shelley's Letters and Poetry." Letter Writing Among the Poets. Ed. Jonathan Ellis. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP. 111-25.
  • 2012. "Louis MacNeice and the Struggle for Romantic Identity," Legacies of Romanticism: Literature, Culture, Aesthetics. Carmen Casaliggi and Paul March-Russell, eds. Routledge Studies in Romanticism 17. London: Routledge, 2012. 149-164.
  • 2012. "Shelley and Milton.” Michael O'Neill and Tony Howe, ed., with the assistance of Madeleine Callaghan. The Oxford Handbook of Percy Bysshe Shelley. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2012. 478-94.
  • 2012. "Strong Ghosts: Romantic Presences in Yeats’s Poetry." Romantic Presences in the Nineteenth Century. Mark Sandy, ed. Nineteenth Century Studies Series. Farnham: Ashgate, 2012.
  • 2011. "'And first a little crucifix he kiss'd': Byron and the Language of Sacrifice." Byron and Religion. Peter Cochran, ed. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2011. 173-180.
  • 2009. "This soul out of my soul: The Trial of the Hero in Shelley's Epipsychidion." Grasmere 2008: Selected Papers from the Wordsworth Summer Conference. Compiled Richard Gravil. Penrith: Humanities-Ebooks, 2009. 146-54.
Articles in Refereed Journals
  • Callaghan, Madeleine. "Byron and Shelley's Poetry of 1816." The Wordsworth Circle (accepted, forthcoming).
  • 2017. Callaghan, Madeleine. "Chosen Comrades': Yeats’s Romantic Rhymes." Romanticism (accepted, forthcoming).
  • 2016. Callaghan, Madeleine. "Shelley and the Ambivalence of Idealism." Keats-Shelley Journal 64. 92-104.
  • 2015. Callaghan, Madeleine. "Forms of Conflict: Byron's Influence on Yeats’s Poetry." English 64 (245). 81-98.
  • 2011. Callaghan, Madeleine. "'With unimpeded and insatiate sight': The Poetics of Perception in Southey's The Curse of Kehama and Byron's The Giaour." The Wordsworth Circle.
  • 2010. Callaghan, Madeleine. "'His Mute Voice': The Two Heroes of Adonais." Keats-Shelley Review 24, 39-53.
  • 2010. Callaghan, Madeleine. "'Stumbling Stanzas’: Flawed Heroism and the Struggle with Language in Byron's Cain." Byron Journal 38.2, 125-135.
Invited Talks
  • 2016. "Byron and Shelley in 1816." Invited speaker at the New York Public Library at a symposium on the Geneva Summer for Romantic Bicentennials. Invited by Professor Andrew Stauffer and Professor Neil Fraistat on behalf of the Keats-Shelley Association and the Byron Society of America.
  • 2016. "'Us and Them': Byron Amongst Others." Invited speaker at the Newstead Abbey Byron Society. Invited by Ken Purslow, chairman of the Newstead Abbey Byron Society.
  • 2016. "The Poetic." Invited speaker at the Countertext Conference, Durham, UK. Invited by Ivan Callus and James Corby (University of Malta).
  • 2015. "Prometheus Unbound and Tyranny." Invited lecturer at Queen Mary University, London.
  • 2015. "Marino Faliero as an 'Experimental Play'." Invited lecturer at Durham University, one of the lectures given at the Inventions of the Text research group. Durham, UK (by invitation of the organiser, Chris Grove).
  • 2015. "Romanticism in the Classroom" Keynote speaker at the Prince's Trust Teaching Institute New Teacher Subject Day (by invitation of Sarah Darrall Shaw, event manager). Cambridge, UK.
  • 2014. "'A Dome of Many-Coloured Glass': Multi-Faceted Romanticism." Keynote speaker at the Prince's Trust Teaching Institute New Teacher Subject Day (by invitation of Sarah Darrall Shaw, event manager). Altrincham, UK.
  • 2014. "Forms of Conflict: Byron's Influence on Yeats's Poetry." Lecturer at the Yeats Summer School. Sligo, Ireland (by invitation from Professor Matthew Campbell).
  • 2013. "Shelley and the Ambivalence of Idealism." Invited lecturer at the University of Leeds, one of the lectures given at the Eighteenth-Century and Romantic research group. Leeds, UK (by invitation of the organiser, Dr Richard de Ritter).
  • 2013. "Milton and the Freedom of the Romantic Poet." Keynote speaker at an AHRC event, "Romantic Origins," part of the "Romantic Heirs: Receptions, Legacies, and Dialogues" series. Sheffield, UK (by invitation from Fern Merrills and Liam Firth: organisers).
  • 2010. "By Instinct of Sweet Music Driven': The Poetic Artistry of Keats and Shelley." Talk at Keats House. Hampstead, UK (by invitation from Sue Kirby, Chair of the Friends of Keats House).
  • 2008. "Byron’s Poetics of Conflict." Romantic Realignments Seminar Series. Oxford University. Oxford, UK (by invitation of the organiser, Dr Anna Camilleri).