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Professor Angela Leighton FBA

English Language and Literature
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About this Fellow

Angela Leighton is Professor of English and Senior Research Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge. She has published many critical works on nineteenth and twentieth-century literature. Her books include Shelley and the Sublime (1984), Victorian Women Poets: Writing Against the Heart (1992), Victorian Women Poets: A Critical Anthology (1996), On Form: Poetry, Aestheticism, and the Legacy of a Word (2007), Voyages over Voices: Critical Essays on Anne Stevenson (2011) and Hearing Things: The Work of Sound in Literature (2018). In addition, she has published four volumes of poetry: Shoestring: A Cold Spell (2000), Sea Level (2007), The Messages (2012), and the most recent, Spills, with Carcanet (February 2016). This last consists of new poetry, a memoir of her English composer father and Italian mother, short stories and translations from the poetry of the Sicilian novelist, Leonardo Sciascia.



Current post

  • Professor of English and Senior Research Fellow, University of Cambridge

Past Appointments

  • Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader then Professor of English, University of Hull, 1979
  • Professor of English, Trinity College University of Cambridge, 2006


Spills 2016

Victorian women poets: a critical anthology 1995

The Messages (poetry) 2012

Elizabeth Barrett Browning 1986

Sea Level (poetry) 2007

Shelley and the sublime 1984

Victorian women poets: writing against the heart 1992

On Form: Poetry, Aestheticism, and the legacy of a word 2007

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Professor Catriona Kelly

Russian cultural and social history from the late 18th century; the history of childhood, and Russian national identity in the late Soviet and post-Soviet eras.

Professor Michael Bell

Literary studies from the Enlightenment to modernity; the interrelations of literature and philosophy

Professor Thomas Elsaesser

History and pre-history of cinema and moving image culture 1870s-1900s; European cinema since 1945; German cinema; ‘New Hollywood’ of the 1970s, ‘post-classical’ cinema since the 1990s; architecture and urbanism; avant-garde cinema and installation art

Professor Mary Jacobus

British Romanticism, especially Wordsworth; feminist literary theory and criticism; psychoanalysis; visual culture