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Lecturer in Victorian Literature, University of St Andrews

Greg Tate is a Lecturer in Victorian Literature. He studied as an undergraduate at the University of Sheffield, before completing masters and doctoral degrees at Linacre College, University of Oxford. He received his doctorate in 2009, and subsequently worked as a college lecturer at St Anne’s and Trinity Colleges, Oxford. He then taught at the University of Surrey as a Lecturer in English Literature, before joining the School of English at St Andrews in 2015. Greg is on the publications board of the Tennyson Society. In 2013 he was named as an AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinker.

Greg’s research interests are in Victorian literature, and in nineteenth-century literature and culture more broadly. Particular research interests include Romantic and Victorian poetry; literature and science; nineteenth-century writing about psychology; the periodical press; the links between literary form and gender in the nineteenth century; and British writing about European history and politics.

Greg’s first monograph, The Poet’s Mind: The Psychology of Victorian Poetry 1830-1870 (Oxford University Press, 2012), examines the ways in which Victorian poets borrowed from, disagreed with, and helped to shape the developing scientific discipline of psychology in the mid-nineteenth century. He has also published articles and chapters on Alfred Tennyson, Robert Browning, Jane Austen, and science in the nineteenth-century periodical press. He is currently writing his second monograph, Poetical Matter, which studies the exchange of methods, concepts, and language between poetry and the physical sciences in the nineteenth century.


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    Lecturer in Victorian Literature, St Andrews