Professor Sally BushellHead of Department, Professor
My research specialism is in Nineteenth Century Literature (Romantic and Victorian) with particular interests in poetry and textual process. For second year students I I convene 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 Reader in British Romanticism, Director of Research (2011-2013) and co-director of the Wordsworth Centre. 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). She has undertaken a collaborative pilot project with The Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere, putting Wordsworth's manuscripts online for the first time. She is also General Editor (with Isobel Armstrong) of a new Reading Guides to Long Poems Series with Edinburgh University Press.
Dr Bushell's second critical book,Text as Process: Exploring Creative Composition in Wordsworth, Tennyson and Emily Dickinson(2009), connects literary critical with text-critical and philosophical ideas about poetic creativity and composition and aims to open up manuscript material to more creative critical interpretation. It is concerned with defining new ways of responding to text as process, or the "coming into being" of the literary work and with opening up draft materials to a wider readership.
A second area of research interest concerns the relationship of place, space and poetry as embodied in the manuscript object. In 2007 Dr Bushell explored such ideas in her own research through an AHRC funded collaborative project with The Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere. This project is primarily concerned with putting the manuscripts online in an accessible form. Click here for more details. Current research is on literary mapping, exploring the relationship between reading and mapping in fictional works and between visual and verbal meaning in literature.
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-)
My larger research interests are in the field of British Romanticism with a particular interest in Wordsworth and the Lake District as well as in the form of the long poem and in critical exploration of poetic process. 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 Interests
I am interested in receiving proposals from doctoral students in two main areas. My recent research has been concerned with place, space and poetry/ poetics - largely, but not exclusively, in relation to Romantic literature and the Lakes, so I would welcome studies in this area. I am also very interested in the study of textual process and the draft materials which precede the published work. I would therefore welcome projects on textual criticism, genetic criticism and the study of manuscripts for nineteenth or twentieth century literature where relevant. I have a secondary interest in Contemporary Poetry and Poetics. More traditionally I am able to supervise projects on Romantic writers, particularly Wordsworth.
Digital literary geography and the difficulties of locating 'Redgauntlet Country'
Donaldson, C.E., Bushell, S.C., Gregory, I.N., Rayson, P.E., Taylor, J.E. 30/11/2016 In: Studies in Scottish Literature. 42, 2, p. 174-183. 10 p.
Paratext or imagetext?: interpreting the fictional map
Bushell, S. 22/06/2016 In: Word and Image. 32, 2, p. 181-194. 14 p.
Mapping literature: spatialising the literary work
Bushell, S. 31/05/2016 In: Literary mapping in the digital age. Farnham : Ashgate ISBN: 9781472441300.
Mapping Victorian adventure fiction: silences, doublings, and the Ur-map in Treasure Island and King Solomon's Mines
Bushell, S. 3/02/2015 In: Victorian Studies. 57, 4, p. 611-637. 27 p.
Composition and revision
Bushell, S. 2015 In: William Wordsworth in context. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press ISBN: 9781107028418.
From "The Ruined Cottage" to The Excursion: revision as re-reading
Bushell, S. 2014 In: The Wordsworth Circle. XLV, 1, p. 75-83. 9 p.
The Slipperiness of Literary Maps: Critical Cartography and Literary Cartography
Bushell, S. 2012 In: Cartographica. 47, 3, p. 149-160. 12 p.
Teaching Romanticism in the Lakes
Bushell, S. 01/2010 In: Teaching romanticism. London : Palgrave Macmillan ISBN: 9780230224841, 9780230224858.
The mapping of meaning in Wordsworth's 'Michael' : textual place, textual space and spatialized speech acts.
Bushell, S. 2010 In: Studies in Romanticism. 49, 1, p. 43-78. 36 p.
The making of meaning in Wordsworth's home at Grasmere: speech acts, micro-analysis and 'Freudian Slips'
Bushell, S. 22/09/2009 In: Studies in Romanticism. 49, 3, p. 391-420. 30 p.
Text as process: creative composition in Wordsworth, Tennyson and Emily Dickinson
Bushell, S. 15/04/2009 Charlottesville, Virginia : University of Virginia Press. 302 p. ISBN: 9780813927749.
Cornell Edition: The Excursion by William Wordsworth.
Bushell, S.C., Butler, J., Jaye, M. 2007
From Goslar to Grasmere: Wordsworth's electronic manuscripts.
Bushell, S., Cowton, J., Light, R. 2007
Moods of my own mind : Wordsworth and the spontaneous.
Bushell, S. 2007 In: Charles Lamb Bulletin. N.S. 1, p. 122-133. 12 p.
Textual process and the denial of origins.
Bushell, S. 2007 In: Textual Cultures. 2, 2, p. 100-117. 18 p.
The Excursion by William Wordsworth.
Wordsworth, W., Bushell, S., Butler, J.A., Jaye, M.C. 2007 Ithaca, New York : Cornell University Press. 1226 p. ISBN: 978-0-8014-4653-5.
Making the reader active.
Bushell, S. 2006 In: Nineteenth Century Literary Criticism. 266
Teaching via genres and contexts.
Bushell, S. 03/2005 In: Living writers in the curriculum : a good practice guide. London : Higher Education Academy English Subject Centre p. 10-12. 3 p. ISBN: 0 902194 14 3.
Intention revisited : towards an Anglo-American genetic criticism.
Bushell, S. 2005 In: Text. 17, p. 55-91. 37 p.
Meaning in Dickinson's manuscripts : intending the unintentional.
Bushell, S. 2005 In: Emily Dickinson Journal. 14, 1, p. 24-61. 38 p.
Wordsworthian composition : the micro-prelude.
Bushell, S. 2005 In: Studies in Romanticism. 44, 3, p. 399-421. 23 p.
Bushell, S. 2004 In: English Subject Centre Newsletter. 7, p. 9-12. 4 p.
Wordsworth's Excursion : narrative memory and the 'Minds of Men'.
Bushell, S. 2004 In: Literature Compass. 1, 1
Reading below the surface : Wordsworth and a compositional method.
Bushell, S. 2003 In: The Wordsworth Circle. 34, 1, p. 9-13. 5 p.
Re-reading "The Excursion" : narrative, response and the Wordsworthian dramatic voice.
Bushell, S. 2002 Ashgate. 272 p. ISBN: 978-0754605768.
Retold tales and structured silences in The Excursion.
Bushell, S. 2002 In: Silence, Sublimity and Suppression in the Romantic Period. Edwin Mellen Press p. 211-226. 16 p. ISBN: 0-7734-7244-4.
[scripted and presented television programme] Wordsworth's spots of time
Bushell, S.C. 2002
Exempla in The Excursion : the purpose of the pastor's epitaphic tales.
Bushell, S. 1999 In: Charles Lamb Bulletin. n.s.10, p. 16-27. 12 p.
Geospatial Innovations in the Digital Humanities: A Deep Map of the English Lake District
19/10/2015 → 19/10/2018
AHRC Peer Review College Member
Membership of peer review panel or committee