Project Curators

Emily B. Stanback is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Southern Mississippi, having spent the 2013 – 4 academic year as Hass Postdoctoral Fellow at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia. She received her PhD in English literature from the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center.  She is author ofThe Wordsworth-Coleridge Circle and the Aesthetics of Disability (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). She has published in PedagogyThe Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, The Wordsworth Circle, Literature Compass, Romantic Circles: Praxis Series, and Grasmere 2009; she has an essay in the edited collection Disabling Romanticism.  Emily is interested in how concepts of embodiment–and especially non-normative embodiment–are evinced in epitaphs, particularly those related to medical care and cause of death.

Polly Rowena Atkin is a Teaching Associate in the Department of English and Creative Writing at Lancaster University, UK, where she recently completed a doctorate in English and Sociology, in collaboration with The Wordsworth Trust, and funded under the AHRC’s ‘Landscape and Environment Project.’ Her doctoral thesis, A Place Reimagined: The Cultural, Literary and Spatial Making of Dove Cottage, Grasmere, explores various contributions of meaning to place, from creative practices to touristic practices, the belief in the power of literature to influence the material world, to beliefs in the numinosity of objects and the genius loci. The work is influenced by theories of the role of both literary and touristic practices in constructing place, and the transmissibility of imagined/dreamt places through literatures and art. Most particularly it examines ecopoietic creation and reiteration of place through the writing, reading and dissemination of poetry. She is a poet, and blames a childhood steeped in Ballads, Romantic poetry and Gothic tales for her fascination with burial grounds and graves. She blames Wordsworth for her interest in epitaphs.

Page Curators

Jo Taylor, Grave Cartography Curator, is in the third year of a PhD at Keele University. Her thesis focuses on Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s children and grandchildren, and explores how they negotiated their anxieties of influence through the creation of imagined spaces. As part of that project, she looks at how some of those spaces interact cartographically with existing Romantic locations, and that is where her interest in mapping began. She is the editorial assistant for the Byron Journal and the Postgraduate Representative (2013-15) for the British Association for Victorian Studies, and was the lead organiser on the recently-completed AHRC-funded public engagement project Crossing the Bar: Public Engagement and Humanities Research.

Chris Washington, Grave Notes Curator, is Assistant Professor of English at Francis Marion University.

Project Collaborators & Contributors

Suzanne Barnett is a Visiting Assistant Professor in Manhattan College’s English department. She is currently at work on her first book, Romantic Paganism: Ecstasy and Excess in the Shelley Circle, and is co-editing an edition of William Godwin’s children books that will be released by Romantic Circles in 2014.

Nicholas Roe is the author of critically acclaimed biographies and studies including John Keats: A New Life, Fiery Heart: The First Life of Leigh Hunt, Wordsworth and Coleridge: The Radical Years, and John Keats and the Culture of Dissent. He was educated at Trinity College, Oxford (1975-82), before joining the English Department at Queen’s University, Belfast.  He is now Professor of English Literature at the University of St Andrews, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and Chair of The Keats Foundation, Keats House, Hampstead. He is a Trustee of The Wordsworth Trust, The Keats-Shelley Memorial Association, and The Wordsworth Conference Foundation.

Will Smith has a PhD in Canadian Studies from the University of Nottingham. His work develops an application of literary geography, and as such is deeply involved in the productions of space and place. His interest in graves and monuments is broad, and covers both Canadian and English burial sites.

Suzanne Webster is Associate Professor of English at Elizabethtown College.  She earned her MPhil in English Romantic Studies and her DPhil in English Literature from the University of Oxford, UK, both degrees being funded by a British Academy Postgraduate Studentship. Her book, Body and Soul in Coleridge’s Notebooks, 1827-1834: “What is Life?” was published in January 2010, by Palgrave Macmillan press.

Claire Wood, University of York

Val Derbyshire, University of Sheffield

Mary Fairclough, York University (UK)

Bruce Graver, Providence College

Benjamin Gross, Chemical Heritage Foundation

Joel A. Kline, Indiana University

Julian Knox, University of South Alabama

Laura Kremmel, Lehigh University

Kenneth Longden, University of Winchester

Emily Renee Lyons, University of Arizona

Charlotte May, University of Nottingham

Deven M. Parker, University of Colorado at Boulder

Alexandra Paterson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Claudia Pollok

Thomas Roche

Daniel Robinson, Widener University

Emily Sherwood, CUNY Graduate Center

Theodore Southern

Peter F. Spratley

Rose Tomassi, CUNY Graduate Center

Alan Vardy, Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center

Iain Watts, Princeton University

Tim Whittingham

Melissa M. Whalen, Fordham University

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