Professor Simon Bainbridge

Professor in English and Creative Writing

Research Interests

Professor Bainbridge's main research interest is in the relationship between the writing of the Romantic period and its historical contexts. He is the author of Napoleon and English Romanticism (Cambridge University Press, 1995) and British Poetry and the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars (Oxford University Press, 2003) and the editor of Romanticism: A Sourcebook. He has published his research in journals such as Romanticism, Romanticism on the Net and The Byron Journal and has written essays and entries for An Oxford Companion to The Romantic Age: British Culture 1776-1832, Romanticism: An Oxford Guide, The Blackwell Companion to European Romanticism, and The Oxford Handbook to English Literature and Theology. He is currently continuing his research into the cultural responses to the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars and also working on the literature and culture of mountaineering in the Romantic period.

From 2001-2003 Professor Bainbridge was the President of the British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS) having also edited the organisation's Bulletin and Review for a number of years and acted as its secretary. He organised the BARS Biennial International Conference on 'Romantic Revelations' in 1999.

Professor Bainbridge has supervised graduate students in a number of areas, including: Blake and slavery; women's travel writing and Italy in the early nineteenth century; Mary Shelley and romance; women writers and the French Revolution; the cutural history of Dove Cottage. His current doctoral students are working on the following: women writers and gardens in the Romantic period; Romantic collecting; Joanna Hutchinson. He would be delighted to supervise graduate projects on any of the following: writing of the Romantic period in relation to its historical contexts; Wordsworth; Walter Scott's poetry; the writing of the Byron-Shelley Circle and later representations of it; writing and war; women's poetry of the Romantic period (esp. Charlotte Smith and Felicia Hemans); the literature of mountaineering.

Mountaineering and British Romanticism: The Literary Cultures of Climbing, 1770-1836
Bainbridge, S. 1/04/2020 Oxford : Oxford University Press.

At Play in the Mountains: The Development of British Mountaineering in the Romantic Period
Bainbridge, S.J.J. 2018 In: Sporting Cultures, 1650-1850. Toronto : University of Toronto Press p. 196-218. 23 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

'The Columbus of the Alps': Rousseau and the Writing of Mountain Experience in British Literature of the Romantic Period
Bainbridge, S.J.J. 5/12/2017 In: Jean-Jacques Rousseau and British Romanticism. London : Bloomsbury Academic p. 51-74. 24 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Walking with Wordsworth: Exploring Leadership as purpose through The Prelude
Bainbridge, S.J.J., Kempster, S.J. 2017 In: Field Guide to Leadership Development. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar ISBN: 9781785369919. Electronic ISBN: 9781785369902.

Bainbridge, S.J.J. 23/11/2015 In: The Routledge Companion to Travel Writing. London : Routledge p. 444-453. 10 p. ISBN: 9780415825245.

Battling Bonaparte after Waterloo: re-enactment, representation and 'The Napoleon bust business'
Bainbridge, S.J.J. 25/09/2015 In: Tracing War in British Enlightenment and Romantic Culture. Houndmills : Palgrave Macmillan p. 132-150. 19 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

A 'melancholy occurrence' in the Alps: Switzerland, Mont Blanc, and an early critique of mountaineering
Bainbridge, S.J.J. 30/04/2015 In: Romanticism, Rousseay, Switzerland. Houndmills : Palgrave Macmillan p. 150-167. 17 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Wordsworth's political odyssey
Bainbridge, S.J.J. 22/01/2015 In: The Oxford handbook of William Wordsworth. Oxford : Oxford University Press p. 116-135. 16 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Bainbridge, S.J.J. 2015 In: William Wordsworth in Context. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press p. 199-207. 9 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Wordsworth, War and Waterloo
Bainbridge, S.J.J., Cowton, J. 2015 Grasmere : Wordsworth Trust. 91 p.

Writing from 'the Perilous Ridge': romanticism and the invention of rock climbing
Bainbridge, S. 10/2013 In: Romanticism. 19, 3, p. 246-260. 15 p.
Journal article

Romantic Writers and Mountaineering
Bainbridge, S. 2012 In: Romanticism. 18, 1, p. 1-15. 15 p.
Journal article

William Wordsworth: Oxford Bibliographies Online
Bainbridge, S. 2012
Other contribution

'And Freedom's fame finds wings on every wind': Byron, Switzerland and the Poetics of Freedom
Bainbridge, S. 2011 In: Byron and the Politics of Freedom and Terror. Basingstoke and New York : Palgrave Macmillan p. 136-151. 15 p. ISBN: 023024646X, 9780230246461.

'Other Voices Speak': The Poetic Conversations of Byron and Shelley
Bainbridge, S. 2011 In: A Companion to Romantic Poetry. Oxford : Blackwells p. 197-216. 19 p. ISBN: 1405135549, 9781405135542 .

Politics and Poetry
Bainbridge, S. 2011 In: British Literature of the French Revolution in the 1790s. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press p. 190-205. 15 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Reframing Nature: The visual experience of early mountaineering
Bainbridge, S. 2011 In: The Handbook of Visual Culture. London : Berg 20 p. ISBN: 184788573X, 9781847885739.

'The Power of Hills': Romantic Mountaineering
Bainbridge, S. 2010
Conference contribution/Paper

'Poetry must be defended': post-Waterloo responses to 'Power's ode to itself'
Bainbridge, S. 2008 In: Foucault in an age of terror. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan p. 43-62. 19 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Romanticism: A Sourcebook
Bainbridge, S. 2008 New York and Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN: 0230000347 , 0230000355, 9780230000346 , 9780230000353 .

Invasion Threats and the Poetic Imagining of the Nation
Bainbridge, S. 2007 In: The Trafalgar Chronicle. 17, p. 146-61. 15 p.
Journal article

Bainbridge, S. 2007 In: The Dictionary of Alternatives. Zed Books
Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Wordsworth and Coleridge: Theological Ways of Reading Literature.
Bainbridge, S.J.J. 2007 In: The Oxford Handbook of Literature and Theology. Oxford University Press 465 p. ISBN: 978-0-19-927197-9.

Lord Ruthven's Power: Polidori's "The Vampyre", Doubles, and the Byronic Imagination.
Bainbridge, S.J.J. 1/01/2006 In: The Byron Journal. 34, 1, p. 21-34. 14 p.
Journal article

Napoleon and European Romanticism.
Bainbridge, S.J.J. 2005 In: A Companion to European Romanticism. Blackwell 450 p. ISBN: 978-1-4051-1039-6.

The historical context.
Bainbridge, S.J.J. 2005 In: Romanticism: an Oxford guide. Oxford : Oxford University Press p. 15-27. 13 p. ISBN: 0199258406.

Was it for this […]?: the poetic histories of Southey and Wordsworth.
Bainbridge, S.J.J. 11/2003 In: Romanticism on the Net. 32-33
Journal article

British Poetry and the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars: Visions of Conflict.
Bainbridge, S.J.J. 2003 Oxford University Press. ISBN: 0-19-818758-0.

'Of war and taking towns': Byron's Siege Poems
Bainbridge, S. 2000 In: Romantic War. Aldershot : Ashgate p. 161-84. 23 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

'Men are we': Wordsworth's 'Manly' Poetic Nation
Bainbridge, S. 1999 In: Romanticism. 5, 2, p. 216-231. 15 p.
Journal article

From Nelson to Childe Harold: The Transformations of the Byronic Image
Bainbridge, S. 1999 In: The Byron Journal. p. 13. 25 p.
Journal article

Peace of Amiens, Peninsular War, Napoleon, Waterloo
Bainbridge, S. 1999 In: An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age. Oxford University Press
Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Napoleon and English Romanticism
Bainbridge, S. 1995 Cambridge : Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 0-521-47336-5.

'To Sing it Rather Better': Byron, the Bards and Waterloo
Bainbridge, S. 1994 In: Romanticism. 1, 1, p. 68-81. 13 p.
Journal article