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Professor Sally Bushell


Sally Bushell

Lancaster University

County College



Tel: +44 1524 592249

Research overview

My  research interests are in two main fields: draft process and the interpretation of the compositional process in nineteenth century writers and interpreting spatial meaning, maps and mapping in texts. I also have a particular interest in Wordsworth and writings about the Lake District.  I am interested in interpreting the text in all its states (visual, material and verbal).  My current research is on literary cartography and the mapping and reading of literary works for which a map appears alongside the text. 

PhD supervision

I am interested in receiving proposals from doctoral students in two main areas that form the focus of my own research. These are: explorations of draft materials and process in relation to Romantic and Victorian writers and poets; projects concerned with literary geography or literary mapping in the same period. I am also interested in digital projects centred on these same fields. More traditionally I am able to supervise projects on Romantic writers, particularly Wordsworth, or on the region of the Lake District.

Current Teaching

My research specialism is in Nineteenth Century Literature (Romantic and Victorian) with particular interests in  spatial and material forms of interpretation.  In the second year I normally teach on the British Romanticism core course which runs for 22 weeks right across the year. In the third year I teach a number of specialist half unit courses drawing on my research expertise, including: "Victorian Popular Fiction" and "Where do Poems Come from?" At graduate level I teach on the MA in Romantic and Victorian Studies with a module called  "On Location in the Lakes". I also supervise PhD projects on Romanticism, textual criticism and space and place in poetry.


Dr Sally Bushell PhD (Queens' College, Cambridge), BA (London), MA (York), MA (Lancaster), PGCE (Cambridge), is Professor of Romantic and Victorian Literature; Head of Department (2013-1018) and co-director of the Wordsworth Centre.

Her major publications are: Re-Reading The Excursion (Ashgate, 2002); The Excursion ([co-edited] Cornell University Press, 2007); and Text as Process: Creative Composition in Wordsworth, Tennyson and Dickinson (University Press of Virginia, 2009).


Her research seeks to open up new modes of interpretation for the literary work by enlarging the focus of literary criticism from interpretation of semantic content onto comparative understanding of other aspects of the literary work in ways that not only illuminate traditional models but, potentially, re-determine them.   She is also interested in future ways of reading and spatialising literature through the digital medium and is PI on a major (£900,000) AHRC project: “Creating a Chronotopic Ground for the Mapping of Literary Texts” (2017-2020) which enables the generation of a map or spatial visualisation out of the text itself for any work of literature (with or without real-world correspondence) and adapts gaming platforms to create new ways of reading literature in digital space that combine text and image in an iterative way.

Recent and Current postgraduate students:

Loren Cafferty, "Wordsworth and the Development of Moral Poetry." (MA by Research 2002-3).

David Cooper, "Norman Nicholson and the Poetics of Place and Space" (PhD. 2004-07).

Zoe Bolton, "Travel and Textuality: Representations of Place from Gray to Byron" (PhD 2005-09).

Andrew King, "Romantic Collections: Parts into Whole" (PhD 2008-2013)

Gordon Bottomley "Editing Joanna Hutchinson's Letters" (PhD 2011-)

Kate Ingle, "Personal Cartographies in Wordsworth, Lamb and Blake" (PhD 2012-)

Andrew Raven "Intertextuality in Process" (PhD 2013-)

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