Professor Will Christie

BA (Sydney), DPhil (Oxford), FAHA
Head, Humanities Research Centre
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
T: +61 2 6125 0151

Areas of expertise

  • British And Irish Literature 200503
  • Other Literatures In English 200508
  • Comparative Literature Studies 200524
  • Literary Theory 200525
  • Cultural Theory 200204
  • Australian Literature (Excl. Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Literature) 200502
  • British History 210305
  • Biography 210304
  • European History (Excl. British, Classical Greek And Roman) 210307
  • History And Philosophy Of Specific Fields 2202

Research interests

  • British Romantic literature and culture
  • Public lecturing during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries
  • Modern Scottish intellectual and cultural history
  • The culture of science in Romantic Britain
  • The Edinburgh Review 1802-1829 and its ediitor, Francis Jeffrey
  • Cultural relations between Britain and China in the Qing dynasty
  • Poetry and poetics
  • Literary influence
  • Shakespeare in critical and cultural history
  • William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • Jane Austen
  • Dylan Thomas



A graduate of the universities of Sydney and Oxford, Professor Will Christie is Director of the Humanities Research Centre at the ANU. He is founding President of the Romantic Studies Association of Australasia and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. His scholarly work in Romantic studies has been widely published and his Samuel Taylor Coleridge: A Literary Life (2006) awarded the NSW Premier’s Biennial Prize for Literary Scholarship in 2008. Editor of The Letters of Francis Jeffrey to Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle (2008), his other publications include The Edinburgh Review in the Literary Culture of Romantic Britain: Mammoth and Megalonyx (2009), Dylan Thomas: A Literary Life (2014) and The Two Romanticisms, and Other Essays (2016). With the aid of Discovery grants from the Australian Research Council, he is currently researching a critical biography of the Scottish critic, politician, and judge, Francis Jeffrey, editor of the early nineteenth-century Edinburgh Review, and a major study of public lecturing in the Romantic period.

Professor Christie is a reader for the Australian Research Council, a member of the Advisory Group for the University of Edinburgh/Duke University Carlyle Letters Project, and is on the Advisory Board of Carlyle Studies Annual and the International Advisory Board of the journal European Romantic Review

For many years president of the Dylan Thomas Society of Australia and an active member of a number of literary societies, Professor Christie is also the author of Under Mulga Wood (2004), an award-winning play for voices that has enjoyed performances around Australia and been broadcast and recorded by the ABC.


Researcher's projects

  • Liberal culture in the long 19th century
  • The Edinburgh Review under Francis Jeffrey: A website
  • Cultural relations between Britain and China in the Qing dynasty
  • An Open University: Public lecturing in the Romantic period
  • The Periodical Enlightenment of the early 19th century
  • Better Strangers: Complexity and creativity in the teaching of Shakespeare
  • The life and correspondence of Francis Jeffrey
  • 'Eating Their Words': a study of literary influence
  • A critical study of the writings of Dylan Thomas
  • The novels of Jane Austen



Projects and Grants

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