Professor Philip Shaw

Philip Shaw is Professor of Romantic Studies in the School of English at the University of Leicester. Philip maintains research interests in romanticism, literature, visual culture, and the representation of war.

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Professor of Romantic Studies

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In 2008 was elected a Fellow of the English Association. I am a former member of the Executive Committee of the British Association for Romantic Studies and of the AHRC Peer-Review College.



My main research interests are in representations of war in British culture in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

I am the author of an inter-disciplinary book, entitled Suffering and Sentiment in Romantic Military Art (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2013), which examines representations of the effects of war on men, women and children in paintings, sketches, poetry and prose in the long eighteenth century. This book engages with themes emerging from my earlier study, Waterloo and the Romantic Imagination (Houndmills: Palgrave, 2002). I am also the editor of a collection of essays on war and romanticism entitled Romantic Wars: Studies in Culture and Conflict, 1793-1822 (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2000).

In 2010 I completed an art historical project with the Tate gallery, entitled The Sublime Object. Drawing on research conducted for The Sublime (London & New York: Routledge, 2006) this three-year AHRC funded major research project gathered together a wide range of individuals under the umbrella of Tate's Collection to debate and collaborate on a series of interrelated events and research activities focused on the role of the sublime in our perceptions of the natural world.

Most recently I co-edited a volume of essays entitled Literature and Authenticity: 1780-1902 (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2011). I have also written a study of Patti Smith’s debut album, Horses for the series 33 1/3 (New York: Continuum, 2008). My practical interests in popular music are reflected in my contributions to the critically acclaimed band Alberteen.


I am currently working on several new research projects, including a collection of cross-disciplinary essays on war and visual culture during the revolutionary and Napoleonic wars, and a monograph on Wordsworth. I am also writing a revised and expanded edition of The Sublime.


As a dissertation supervisor for the MAs in English Studies, I welcome applications, s from prospective students, especially those with an interest in eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century topics.

In addition to MA dissertations, I currently doctoral theses on a range of literary and critical topics, including 'Theology and the Sublime', 'Byron and Religion', 'Wordsworth and War', 'Coleridge and Philosophical Idealism', 'Representations of the Crusades in Anglo-American Fiction from Walter Scott to the present day'.

I am interesting in supervising doctoral research on any of the following topics:

  • British Romantic Poetry and Prose
  • Wordsworth
  • Byron
  • Romanticism and War
  • Romanticism and the Visual Arts
  • Art and Aesthetics
  • Literature and Psychoanalysis

Funding Opportunities. The School of English seeks expressions of interest from prospective research students in the 2015 Midlands3Cities AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership. Details of the scheme, and how to apply, can be found here: Midlands Three Cities Doctoral Training Partnership. 2016 Entry. APPLY NOW.

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