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Prof Gregory Dart
FC 238
Foster Court
Malet Place
Tel: 0794 116 3588
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  • Professor of English
  • Dept of English Lang & Literature
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities

I am married with two children and live in Clerkenwell (2013). 
Research Summary

My first book, my thesis book, was on the influence of the French Revolution upon English Romanticism, as mediated through Rousseau, and, crucially, the writings and speeches of Maximilien Robespierre. It was then turned into a book in 1999 by Cambridge University Press.

Since then I have been working on metropolitan, Romantic and essayistic themes, publishing on F. M. Ford's Hampstead painting 'Work', writing an essay/memoir on stalking, and publishing widely on Hazlitt, Lamb, Soane, De Quincey, Haydon, et al. Some of this work was collected in a new monograph, called Cockney Adventures, also published by Cambridge University Press in 2012. 

Some of it found its way into separate articles and book chapters, on Thorold Dickinson the UCL film-maker, Thomas De Quincey, and on urban dreaming and daydreaming. In 2010 I edited a collection of essays with Matt Beaumont, called 'Restless Cities', and my essay on day/dreaming was a contribution to this. 

Looking forward, I have a contract with OUP to produce a 6 volume edition of Charles and Mary Lamb's Works. I am also contributing chapters to other Romantic collections, and am discussing a new collection of essays on Hazlitt with CUP. 

I am Chair of the Hazlitt Society and a member of the Lamb Society. 
Teaching Summary

Like all my colleagues in the English Department at UCL I teach intensively and extensively across a wide range of English Literature, from Shakespeare to the present day. I teach on Period Papers and non-period papers, I also teach on our current Shakespeare and Moderns MAs. I have examined theses on topics from the eighteenth-century to the present. Strictly speaking I remain a Romanticist in terms of my research expertise, and am especially qualified to teach and research in the period 1780-1830. But in practice my range has to be much broader and I relish the variety and the challenge of this. 

Being currently engaged on an edition of Lamb, who was himself deep in seventeenth and eighteenth-century literature, I find the broad range of teaching at UCL extremely useful for tapping into my subject's interests. 

Academic Background
1996   Doctor of Philosophy University of Cambridge
1989   Bachelor of Arts University of Cambridge
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