Amanda Blake Davis

School of English

Research Student

  • MA in English, Queen's University Belfast, 2010
  • BA in English, Christopher Newport University, 2008
Research interests
  • Poetry and Poetics
  • Romanticism
  • Irish Studies
  • Gender Studies

My thesis analyses androgyny in the poetry and prose of Percy Bysshe Shelley alongside his readings and translations of Plato, with particular emphasis upon his translation of the ‘Symposium’.

Following Plato’s implication of the reader as interlocutor, androgyny in Shelley’s works expands from the traditional union of masculine and feminine to encompass the psychic union of poet and reader.

My broader research interests include sympathy, influence, and imitation in Romantic and post-Romantic poetry and prose, Plato and the Romantics, and modern and contemporary Irish and Northern Irish poetry.

Research group


  • Dr Madeleine Callaghan
  • Dr Anna Barton
Teaching activities
  • LIT108 Studying Poetry
  • LIT3100 Romantic and Victorian Poetry
Professional activities
  • Postgraduate Representative for the British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS)
  • Social Media Associate and Communications Fellow (2018-2019) for the Keats-Shelley Association of America
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Postgraduate Representative for the University of Sheffield’s Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies
Conference papers
  • Mysticism and Misdirection in Shelley’s ‘Alastor’ and ‘Peter Bell the Third’, The Wordsworth Summer Conference, August 2019
  • The Fantasy of Androgyny in P. B. Shelley’s ‘The Witch of Atlas’ and ‘Epipsychidion’, BARS Facts and Fantasies Conference, July 2019
  • The Optics of Glory in Coleridge, Shelley, and Wordsworth, The Wordsworth Summer Conference, August 2018
  • Echoes of Ambivalence: Shelleyan Laughter in the Poetry of Louis MacNeice, Romantic Regenerations, University of Tokyo, July 2018
  • ‘[T]hat I may read his written soul’: Mary Shelley's Editorial Framing of 'Prometheus Unbound', The Shelley Conference, September 2017
  • 'Healing thoughts’: Sympathy as Surgery in Wordsworth's 'Tintern Abbey' and Shelley's 'Dedication to Mary', The Wordsworth Summer Conference, August 2017
  • 'The ideal prototype’: Platonism and Love in Shelley's 'Alastor' and 'Prometheus Unbound', The Oxford English Graduate Conference, June 2017