Project Team

Prof. Porscha Fermanis

Prof. Porscha Fermanis (Principal Investigator)

Porscha Fermanis is Professor of Romantic Literature at University College Dublin. Her research interests include global Romanticisms; Romantic-era historiography and historical fiction; the philosophy of history; the relationship between Enlightenment and Romanticism; the Godwin-Shelley circle; and the work of John Keats. She is the author of John Keats and the Ideas of the Enlightenment (2009); Rethinking British Romantic History, 1770-1845 (ed. with John Regan, 2014); Romanticism: A Literary and Cultural History (with Carmen Casaliggi, 2016); and Romantic Pasts: History, Fiction, and Feeling in Britain and Ireland, 1790-1850 (forthcoming 2019). Prof. Fermanis is currently working on a study of literary institutions and taste-formation in the Straits Settlements (Singapore, Penang, and Malacca) from 1800-1870.

Dr. Sarah Comyn

Dr. Sarah Comyn (ERC Postdoctoral Fellow)

Sarah Comyn is an ERC Postdoctoral Fellow at University College Dublin. She completed her PhD in English at the University of Melbourne. Her thesis explores the complex relationship between political economy and the novel over a 250-year period, and will be published with Palgrave Macmillan in 2018 as Political Economy and the Novel: A Literary History of ‘Homo Economicus’. In 2016 she held a Chawton House Library Visiting Fellowship where she researched the political economic writings of Jane Marcet, Maria Edgeworth, and their literary networks. Her research interests are in Romanticism; Victorian literature; the transhistorical relationships between political economy and literature; and literary institutions in colonial Australia. Dr. Comyn is currently researching the cultural and literary history of Mechanics’ Institutes during the gold rush in colonial Victoria.

Dr. Nathan Garvey

Dr. Nathan Garvey (ERC Postdoctoral Fellow)

Nathan Garvey is an ERC Postdoctoral Fellow at University College Dublin. He completed his PhD in English at the University of Sydney. His research interests are in colonial book history and print cultures in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He has published, among other things, The Celebrated George Barrington: A Spurious Author, the Book Trade, and Botany Bay (2008). In 2008, Dr Garvey was the C. H. Currey Memorial Fellow at the State Library of New South Wales. In 2012 he was awarded a three-year Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) for his project ‘The Australian Penal Colonies and British Print Culture, 1786-1900’. Dr Garvey is currently working on literary patronage in colonial New South Wales, and institutions of knowledge in NSW and Van Diemen’s Land.

Dr. Lara Atkin

Dr. Lara Atkin (ERC Postdoctoral Fellow)

Lara Atkin is an ERC Postdoctoral Fellow at University College Dublin. She completed her PhD in English at Queen Mary, University of London in 2017. Her thesis, entitled ‘“The Truest Native of South Africa”: The ‘Bushman’ in Early Nineteenth-Century British and Settler Culture’ looks at representations of the southern African ‘Bushman’ in Anglophone literature between 1795 and 1850. Her research interests are in Romantic and Victorian literature; missionary writing; ethnography and displayed peoples; and the literatures and institutions of colonial South Africa. She has published articles on Brett Bailey’s Exhibit B and H. G. Wells. Dr. Atkin is currently working on literary institutions and settler newspaper poetry in 1820s colonial South Africa.

Dr. Sarah Sharp

Dr. Sarah Sharp (IRC Postdoctoral Fellow)

Sarah Sharp is an IRC Postdoctoral Fellow at University College Dublin. She completed her PhD in English at the University of Edinburgh where she looked at the representations of burial in the writings of the ‘Blackwood’s Group’ associated with Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine and the publisher William Blackwood and Sons. Prior to coming to UCD, Dr. Sharp was a Leverhulme Visiting Postdoctoral Research at the University of Otago working within the Centre for Irish and Scottish studies. Her research interests are in Romantic and Victorian literature; national identity; Scottish writing; emigration and colonialism; and death and burial. Her current book project, ‘In Foreign Soil: Death Abroad in Scottish Literature and Travel Narratives 1790-1900’, looks at the ways in which death abroad informs ideas of national identity in Scottish writing of the Romantic and Victorian periods.