British Academy Global Professor, Queen's University, Ontario

Robert Morrison is British Academy Global Professor at Bath Spa University and Queen's National Scholar at Queen's University. His book, The Regency Years, During which Jane Austen Writes, Napoleon Fights, Byron Makes Love, and Britain Becomes Modern (2019), was published by W. W. Norton in North America. Under the title The Regency Revolution: Jane Austen, Napoleon, Lord Byron, and the Making of the Modern World, it was published by Atlantic in Britain. Morrison is the author of The English Opium-Eater: A Biography of Thomas De Quincey (2009), which was a finalist for the James Tait Black Prize for Biography. He edited Jane Austen's Persuasion for Harvard University Press, and Thomas De Quincey's Confessions of an English Opium-Eater for Oxford University Press. He has been including the words and music of The Beatles in his lectures for almost thirty years.

Experience

  • 2019–present
    Professor of English literature, Bath Spa University, UK
  • 2003–present
    Professor of English literature, Queen's University, Ontario
  • 1992–2003
    Professor of English literature, Acadia University, Nova Scotia

Education

  • 1991 
    University of Edinburgh, PhD
  • 1987 
    University of Oxford, MPhil
  • 1983 
    University of Lethbridge, BA

Publications

  • 2019
    21st-Century Oxford Authors: Thomas De Quincey, Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • 2019
    The Regency Revolution: Jane Austen, Napoleon, Lord Byron, and the Making of the Modern World, London: Atlantic
  • 2019
    The Regency Years: During which Jane Austen Writes, Napoleon Fights, Byron Makes Love and Britain Becomes Modern, New York: W. W. Norton
  • 2013
    Thomas De Quincey: Confessions of an English Opium-Eater and Other Writings, Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • 2011
    Jane Austen's Persuasion: An Annotated Edition, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press
  • 2009
    The English Opium-Eater: A Biography of Thomas De Quincey, London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson

Grants and Contracts

  • 2019
    The Literature of Addiction
    Role:
    Principal Researcher
    Funding Source:
    British Academy
  • 2012
    The British Regency, 1811-1820
    Role:
    Principal Researcher
    Funding Source:
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • 2006
    The English Opium-Eater: A Biography of Thomas De Quincey
    Role:
    Principal Researcher
    Funding Source:
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

Honours

British Academy Global Professorship (2019-23); W. J. Barnes Award for Excellence in Teaching (2017-18); Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (2017); Frank Knox Award for Excellence in Teaching (2014); The University of Lethbridge Distinguished Alumnus of the Year (2013); Frank Knox Award for Excellence in Teaching (2008); Queen’s National Scholar (2003).