Carly Stevenson


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BA (Hons) in English, University of Lincoln, 2011. MA English Studies, University of Lincoln, 2012.


Prof Angela Wright, Prof Andrew Smith

Research interests

Gothic Literature; John Keats; Romanticism



My research examines the influence of Gothic Literature on John Keats. In particular, I am interested in the the ways in which Keats’s engagement with the Gothic mode interacts with medical discourses within his poetry. My first chapter is concerned with uncanny figurations of severed or reanimated hands in a selection of Keats’s poetry and letters. I am currently working on my second chapter, which focuses on blood in Keats’s ‘vampiric poems’: ‘Lamia’ and ‘La belle dame sans merci’.

Research groups


Publications and professional associations

  • ‘Keats’s pretty paganism’ (Keats Foundation Conference, 2017)
  • ‘Touch has a memory: Keats’s dead hands and living letters’ (Keats Foundation Conference, 2016)
  • ‘Warm and capable: Keats and the life of blood’ (Summer of 1816: Creativity and Turmoil, University of Sheffield, 2016)
  • ‘That paleness warms my grave: Keats’s poetics of vitality’ (Keats Foundation Conference, 2015)
  • ‘Keats and mother Radcliffe’ (Ann Radcliffe at 250, University of Sheffield, 2014)