Professor Peter J Kitson
E-Mail : P.J.Kitson@dundee.ac.uk
Telephone: (01382) 38-4411
Room Location: 3.15, Tower Extension
Profile and Research Interests
Professor Peter Kitson is the Academic and Research Leader of the English programme of the School of Humanities at the University of Dundee which he joined in March 2000. He holds one of the two established Chairs in English. He is currently a holder of a Philp J. Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship (2010-2012) for his project on China and the Far East in the Romantic Imagination 1780-1840.
Professor Kitson was the Head of the School of English and Linguistics at University of Wales, Bangor, (1997-2000), Head of the former Department of English at the University of Dundee (2002-2005), and Chair of the School of Humanities Research Committee at Dundee from 2005 to 2009. Professor Kitson received his BA and PhD from the University of Hull. His doctoral thesis was on 'The Seventeenth-century Influence on the Early Religious and Political Thought of S. T. Coleridge, 1790-1805'.
Professor Kitson was elected President of The English Association in May 2007 and President of the British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS) in July 2007 and again in July 2009. He is the Chair of the Higher Education Committee of the English Association, the Series Editor of Essays and Studies (D.S. Brewer/The English Association) (2000-2009); and he is a member of the editorial boards of the journals: Romanticism, the Keats-Shelley Journal, the John Clare Society Journal, and the Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies. He acted as Panel Judge for the Keats-Shelley Essay and Poetry Prize from 2002-2008. He is also a member of the AHRC Peer Review College and a member of the Advisory Panel of the English Subject Centre. In 2009 he was awarded a Huntington Library Fellowship.
Professor Kitson's research interests include:
- Coleridge and romantic period literature, 1780-1830;
- literature and science in the romantic period, especially anatomy;
- the historical contexts 1780-1830;
- politics and religion 1780-1830;
- ideas of race and colonialism and imperialism;
- travel writing 1770-1900;
- orientalism and representations of China in the period 1750-1850;
- Gothic writing 1760 to the present.
He has recently published a major study of ideas of Race and human variety in the Romantic Period and is working on a study of Romantic-period representations and exchanges concerning China and the 'Far East' in Romantic period writing.
Romantic Literature, Race, and Colonial Encounter (New York: Palgrave, 2007), ix + 270 pp.
Slavery and the Cultures of Abolition: Essays Marking the British Abolition Act of 1807, ed. with Brycchan Carey (Cambridge: Boydell and Bewer, 2007), viii + 227 pp.
Literature, Science and Exploration in the Romantic Period: Bodies of Knowledge, (with Tim Fulford and Debbie Lee) (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004), 400 pp.
Travels, Explorations and Empires: Writings from the Era of Imperial Expansion 1770-1835. Vol 5, The South Seas: Writings from the Southern and Central Pacific, ed. (London: Pickering and Chatto, 2002), xxxiv + 445 pp.
Travels, Explorations and Empires: Writings from the Era of Imperial Expansion 1770-1835. Vol 4, China, Japan and South-East Asia, ed. with Tim Fulford (London: Pickering and Chatto, 2001), xxxii + 406 pp.
Travels, Explorations and Empires: Writings from the Era of Imperial Expansion 1770-1835. Vol 3, The North and South Poles, ed. (London: Pickering and Chatto, 2001), xxxvii + 406 pp.
Placing and Displacing Romanticism ed. (London: Ashgate, 2001), 230 pp.
Slavery, Abolition and Emancipation: Writings from the Romantic Period 1780-1830, ed. with Debbie Lee, 8 vols (London: Pickering and Chatto, 1999), 1600 pp.
The Debate on the Abolition of the Slave Trade, Vol 2, ed. (London: Pickering and Chatto, 1999), xxxii + 402 pp.
Theories of Race, Vol 8, ed. (London: Pickering and Chatto, 1999), xxxiii + 400 pp.
Romanticism and Colonialism: Writing and Empire, 1780-1830, ed. with Tim Fulford (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998), 317 pp.
Coleridge, Keats and Shelley: New Macmillan Casebook, ed. (London: Macmillan, 1996), viii + 240 pp.
Coleridge and the Armoury of the Human Mind: Essays on His Prose Writings, ed. with T. N. Corns (London: Frank Cass, 1991), xvii + 180 pp.
Romanticism in Britain 1800-25: Key Documents in Literature (London: Batsford, 1989), xxv + 200 pp.
Articles & Book Chapters
‘Refusing to kowtow: Romantic-period Representations of Asian Ceremonials from Macartney to Byron’, in Coleridge, Romanticism and the Orient: Cultural Negotiations ed. by Kaz Oishi, Seamus Perry and David Vallins (New York: Continuum, forthcoming 2013).
‘“Reason in China is not Reason in England”: Horace Walpole’s Chinese Writings and Arthur Murphy’s The Orphan of China’, in Romantic Adaptations, ed. by Cian Duffy (Basingstoke: Palgrave-Mamillan, forthcoming 2013).
‘Wordsworth, Opium, and China,’ The Wordsworth Circle, 43:1 (2012).
‘Fictions of Slave Resistance and Revolt: Robert Southey’s Poems on the Slave Trade (1797) and Charlotte Smith’s “The Story of Henrietta” (1801)’, in Race, Romanticism and the Transatlantic, ed. by Paul Youngquist (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2012), pp. 25-50.
‘The Strange Case of Dr White and Mr De Quincey: Manchester, Medicine, and Race,’ Romanticism 17:2 (2012)
'Robert Southey and the Romantic Failure of China', The Wordsworth Circle, 42:iv (2011), 20-35
‘Romantic Explorations of China’ in Romantic Explorations. Studien zur Englischen Romantik, vol. 6, ed. by Michael Meyer (Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2011), pp. 1-27.
‘Mapping the Current Critical Landscape’, in Romanticism: A Handbook, ed. by Joel Faflak and Susan Chaplin (New York: Continuum, 2011), pp. 185-99.
‘Race’, in The Blackwell Companion to Theory and Criticism of Romanticism, ed. by Joel Faflak and Julia Wright (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011), pp. 36-60.
'John Thelwall in Saint Domingue: Race, Slavery and Desire in The Daughter of Adoption (1801)', Romanticism, 16:2 (2010), 1-27
'Coleridge's Bristol and West Country Radicalism', in English Romantic Writers and the West Country, ed. by Nicholas Roe (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).
'The Lectures 1795 on Politics and Religion', in The Oxford Handbook of Coleridge, ed. by Frederick Burwick (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008), pp. 127-42.
'The Romantic Period', in English Literature in Context, ed. by Paul Poplawski (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008), pp. 306-402.
'Debating China: Romantic Fictions of the Qinq Empire, 1779-1830', in Romanticism's Debateable Lands, ed. by Claire Lamont and Michael Rossington (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2007), pp. 211-23.
'Byron and Post-Colonial Criticism', in Palgrave Advances in Byron Studies, by Jane Stabler (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2006), pp. 52-76.
'Romantic Afterlives', in An Oxford Guide to Romanticism, ed. by Nicholas Roe (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004), pp. 675-85.
'Sustaining the Romantic and Racial Self: Eating People in the South Seas', in Eating Romanticism: Cultures of Taste/Theories of Appetite, ed. by Timothy Morton (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2004), pp. 77-96.
'Candid Reflections: The Race Issue in the Discourse of Slavery and Abolition', in Discourses of Slavery and Abolition: Britain and its Colonies, 1760-1838, ed. by Markman Ellis and Brycchan Carey (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2003), pp. 11-25.
'To Milton's Trump: Coleridge and the Unitarian Sublime', in Romanticism and Millenarianism, ed. by Tim Fulford (New York: Palgrave, 2001), pp. 37-52.
'Not a Reformer but an Ambitious Tyrant: Representations of Oliver Cromwell in the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth-century', in From Revolution to Revolution, ed. by Nigel Smith and Timothy Morton (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001).
'Coleridge and the Orang-Utan Hypothesis: Romantic Theories of Race', in Coleridge and the Science of Life, ed. by Nicholas Roe (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001), pp. 91-116.
'Coleridge as Political Thinker', in The Cambridge Companion to Coleridge, ed. by Lucy Newlyn (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001), pp. 156-69.
'Milton: the Romantics and After', in The Blackwell Companion to Milton, ed. by Thomas N. Corns (Oxford: Blackwell, 2001).
'Bales of Living Anguish: Representations of Race and the Slave in Writing of the Romantic Period', ELH, 67:2 (2000), 515-37
''The Eucharist of Hell'; or, Eating People is Right: Romantic Representations of Cannibalism', Romanticism on the Net, 17 (2000)
'Coleridge, Cromwell and Southey', The Coleridge Bulletin, n.s. 16 (2000), 87-92
'Romanticism and Colonialism, Races, Places, Peoples, 1785-1800', in Romanticism and Colonialism: Writing and Empire, 1780-1830, ed. by T.J. Fulford and P. Kitson (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998), pp. 13-34.
'Coleridge, The French Revolution and The Ancient Mariner: A Reassessment', The Coleridge Bulletin, n.s. 7 (1996), 30-48
'The Whore of Babylon and the Woman in White: Coleridge's Radical Unitarian Language', in Coleridge’s Visionary Languages, ed. by T. J. Fulford and Morton D. Paley (London: Boydell and Brewer, 1993), pp. 1-14.
'Our Prophetic Harrington: Coleridge, Pantisocracy and Puritan Utopia', The Wordsworth Circle, 24:2 (1993), 97-102
'Sages and Patriots that being Dead do yet Speak: Readings of the English Revolution in the Late Eighteenth-century," Prose Studies, 14:3 (1991), 205-30
'The Electric Fluid of Truth: The Ideology of the Commonwealthsman in Coleridge: The Plot Discovered', in Coleridge and the Armoury of the Human Mind: Essays on His Prose Writings, ed. by P. Kitson and T. N. Corns (London: Frank Cass, 1991), pp. 36‑62.
'Coleridge, the French Revolution and The Ancient Mariner: Collective Guilt and Individual Salvation', The Yearbook of English Studies: The French Revolution in Literature and Art, Special Number 19 (1989), 197‑207
- Series Editor, Essays and Studies (London: English Association/Boydell and Brewer, 2001-2007)
- The Year’s Work in English Studies 1998, Vol 79 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001), lxxv + 1,038 pp.
- The Year’s Work in English Studies 1997, Vol 78 (Oxford: Blackwell, 2000), 1,200 pp.
- The Year’s Work in English Studies 1996, Vol 77 (Oxford: Blackwell, 1999), 1,200 pp.
- The Year’s Work in English Studies 1995, Vol 76 (Oxford: Blackwell, 1998), 1,000 pp.
- The Year’s Work in English Studies 1994, Vol 75 (Oxford: Blackwell, 1997), 900 pp.
- (With Elaine Treharne) The Year’s Work in English Studies 1993, Vol 74 (Oxford: Blackwell, 1995), 900 pp.
- Associate Editor, The Year’s Work in English Studies 1992, Vol 73 (Oxford: Blackwell, 1994), lxvi + 814 pp.
- Associate Editor, The Year’s Work in English Studies 1991, Vol 72 (Oxford: Blackwell, 1993), lxvi + 688 pp.
- (With T. N. Corns) “The Armoury of the Human Mind”: Essays on Coleridge’s Prose Writings, Prose Studies, 13:3 (London: Frank Cass, 1990)
- Reviews Editor, Bulletin and Newsletter of the British Association for Romantic Studies 10 (March 1996), 11 (October 1996), 12 (October 1997) 13 (March 1998), 14 (October 1998), 15 (March, 1998), 16 (October 1999), 17 (March 2000), 18 (October 2000), 19 (May 2001), 20 (October, 2001), 21 (March 2002), 22 (October, 2002), 23 (March 2003)
Research Grants since 2001
- Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science, Asian Travel Writing: Invitation Fellowship Program for Research in Japan, July 2011
- Philip J Leverhulme Major Research fellowship, China and the Far East in the British Imagination 1780-1840, 2010-2012: £90,000
- Carnegie Trust for Scottish Universities, Joseph Banks, John Barrow and China (MS in the British Library), 2010: £1,900
- The British Academy/Huntington Exchange Fellowship, China in British Popular Drama, June 2009: £3,000
- Carnegie Trust for Scottish Universities, China in British Popular Drama, 2009: £1,900
- (collaborative with Gail Low et al), Royal Society of Edinburgh, Research Networks in the Arts and Humanities: Identity and Memory: An Interdisciplinary and Cross-sectoral Research Network in Scotland, 2008: £15,000
- British Academy, 2008, Romantic Diversity: £500
- British Academy, 2007-2008, The Far East and the British Imagination, 1770-1840: £7,000
- (Collaborative with Gail Low et al) Royal Society of Edinburgh Workshop Grant, 2007-8: £10,000
- AHRC Replacement Leave Scheme, Romantic Literature, Race and the Colonial Encounter, 2005-6: £14,000
- British Academy, Tartars and Circassians 2006: £2,632
- British Academy Overseas Travel Grant, 2005: £400
- British Academy, 2004-2005: £2,500
- British Academy, 2003-2004: £2,000
- British Academy Overseas Travel Grant, 2003: £560
- British Academy, 2002-2003: £2,000
- British Academy, 2000-2001: £2,000
- British Academy, 1999-2000: £1,300
- British Academy, 1998-99: £1,700