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Dr Joseph Crawford

Senior Lecturer


01392 725491

My work to date has focussed primarily on the literature of the eighteenth century and Romantic periods, and on the history of Gothic fiction from its earliest origins to the present day. More recently I have also carried out research into the history of popular fiction, and the literary history of the south-west of England. My first book, Raising Milton's Ghost, was published in 2011; my second, Gothic Fiction and the Invention of Terrorism, came out in 2013. My third book, The Twilight of the Gothic, was published in 2014 by University of Wales Press as part of their Gothic Literary Studies series.

My teaching at Exeter is primarily on poetry, and the literature of the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. I also teach an optional third-year module on the history of romance fiction. 

My office is Queens 239. Office hours can be booked by email, or via the sign-up sheet on my office door.

Research interests

British Romanticism, especially William Blake.

Gothic fiction, from the eighteenth century to the present day.

The history of popular fiction, especially romance fiction.

Literature and politics in the long eighteenth century.

Occultism and conspiracy theory.

The supernatural in literature, from the Renaissance to the present day.

The cultural history of altered states of consciousness in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

Research supervision

I am happy to supervise students who wish to work on literary-historical topics relating to British Romanticism, Gothic fiction, and/or the literature of the long eighteenth century. I also have an interest in contemporary popular fiction. I have particular interests in topics relating to religion, nationalism, radical politics, the French Revolution, the occult, the supernatural, madness, the history of popular fiction, and the aesthetics of the sublime.


I took my BA in English Literature at Cambridge, and my Masters and DPhil at Oxford. Before coming to Exeter, I held a research fellowship at Cambridge University. My first book, Raising Milton's Ghost, was published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2011; my second, Gothic Fiction and the Invention of Terrorism, was published in 2013. My third book, The Twilight of the Gothic, was published by the University of Wales Press in 2014 as part of their Gothic Studies series. I am presently researching altered states of consciousness in the early nineteenth century.