About this Fellow
- Emeritus Professor of English Literature, The University of Manchester
- Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Manchester, 1999 - 2002
- John Edward Taylor Professor of English Literature, University of Manchester, 1992
- John Edward Taylor Professor of English Literature and Dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of Manchester, University of Manchester, 1994
- Emeritus Professor of English Literature, University of Manchester, University of Manchester, 2002
The Holy Roman Empire in its European context from the fifteenth century to 1806; the legacy of the Holy Roman Empire in German-speaking central Europe from 1806 to the present
History and culture of Russia & Eastern Europe, Medieval & Early Modern; cultural and social history of information technologies
Renaissance philosophy, particularly the Platonism of Marsilio Ficino & Pica della Mirandola; Renaissance poetry, magic, mythology, iconography & hermeneutics; Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare.
Literature & culture of the 'long Romantic period', with a focus on empire, nation & travel writing. My recent focus is Scottish literature & thought 1750-1850, with a special emphasis on Robert Burns & his poetic & intellectual circle.