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Professor Emma Mason

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emma dot mason at warwick dot ac dot uk

H5.25 Humanities Building, University Road
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL

With Eileen John in Philosophy, I convene the Philosophy and Literature BA; and teach on the English & Comparative Literary Studies BA and MA programs. I studied Critical & Cultural Theory and comparative literature at Cardiff University (BA/MA) and Warwick University (PhD); was a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at Corpus Christi, Oxford; and have been a Visiting Fellow at the University of Madison-Wisconsin, and the Huntington Library, California.

My research and teaching are focused on poetry and poetics 1750-present, religion and literature, philosophy and literature, ecology (plant studies), and affect theory. I am currently writing Christina Rossetti: Poetry, Ecology, Faith for Oxford University Press.

With Mark Knight, I edit the Bloomsbury monograph series New Directions in Religion and Literature; and with Neil Badmington, co-edit the Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory (Oxford University Press). I serve on the editorial boards of Literature and Theology (Oxford University Press) and the Romanticism pathway of Literature Compass (Blackwell); and am a member of the Arts Emergency network.

Recent publications (full list here)


Christina Rossetti: Poetry, Ecology, Faith (Oxford University Press, 2017).

‘"Whales and all that move in the waters": Christina Rossetti’s ecology of grace’, in Wendy Parkins, ed., Victorian Sustainability in Literature and Culture (Routledge, 2017).

Review essay, '"Every age is a Canterbury Pilgrimage": Art and the Sacred in Early Nineteenth-Century Britain', Marginalia: A Los Angeles Review of Books Channel, January 28, 2017

‘Devotional Poetry,’ in Jack Lynch, ed., The Oxford Handbook of British Poetry 1660-1800 (Oxford University Press, 2016), pp. 563-578.

‘"All green things": Christina Rossetti's Franciscan ecology’, Religioni e letteratura: nuove intersezioni, Studium, 4 (2016), 530-557.

‘Thinking with plants: ecological logos and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’, The Coleridge Bulletin, 47 (Summer 2016), 73-85.

‘Religion, the Bible and Literature in the Victorian Age,’ Juliet John, ed., The Oxford Handbook to Victorian Literary Culture (Oxford University Press, 2016), pp. 331-349.

‘Punctive grace: reading religion in Barthes’ Mourning Diary’, Textual Practice, 30.2 (2016), 327-343; republished in, Neil Badmington, ed., Deliberations: The Journals of Roland Barthes (Routledge, 2017).

'Wes Anderson's Messianic Elegies,' in Mark Knight, ed., The Routledge Companion to Literature and Religion (Blackwell, 2016), pp. 227-236.

‘Ecology with religion: kinship in John Clare’, in Simon Kövesi and Scott McEathron, New Essays on John Clare: Poetics, Culture and Community (Cambridge University Press, 2015), pp. 97-117.

Office hours


I am on research leave 2016-2017. Personal tutees: please check with the Senior Tutor (Pablo Mukherjee) to find out who your personal tutor is while I'm away. Graduate Studies: Prof Daniel Katz is Director of Graduate Studies 2016-2017.

Co-convenor, Philosophy & Literature BA