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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

At Warwick, I convene the Philosophy and Literature BA with Eileen John in Philosophy, and teach on the English & Comparative Literary Studies BA and MA programs. After studying at Cardiff University (BA English Literature; MA Critical and Cultural Theory) and Warwick University (PhD Comparative Literature), I was a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at Corpus Christi, Oxford. I have held Visiting Fellowships at the University of Madison-Wisconsin, the Huntington Library, California, and Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona.

I work on late eighteenth and early nineteenth-century literature and religion, with a focus on poetry, and am broadly interested in religion and ecology, affect theory, and philosophy and literature. I'm currently writing Christina Rossetti: Poetry, Ecology, Faith for Oxford University Press; and Weird Faith in Nineteenth-Century Literature: Theologies at Work with Mark Knight, with whom I also edit the Bloomsbury monograph series New Directions in Religion and Literature.

With Neil Badmington, I am editor of the Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory (Oxford University Press); and serve on the editorial boards of Literature and Theology (Oxford University Press) and the Romanticism pathway of Literature Compass (Blackwell). I'm also a member of the Arts Emergency network.

Recent publications (full list here)


Christina Rossetti: Poetry, Ecology, Faith (Oxford University Press, 2018).

‘"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.

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Convenor: Philosophy and Literature

Senior Tutor (2017–2018)