Dr Neil Ramsey

College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • British And Irish Literature 200503

Research interests

Romantic Literature and Print Culture; Early Victorian Literature; War Literature; Nineteenth-
Century Autobiography, Travel Writing and Labouring-Class Poetry; Masculinity and Literature.


Neil Ramsey received a PhD in 2008 from The Australian National University. His research is
concerned with the literary and artistic response to war during the Romantic era. His PhD thesis,
The Military Author and Romantic War, offers the first literary history of military memoirs
published in Britain during the period. In 2009 he was awarded a three year Australian
Postdoctoral Fellowship, War, Literary Culture and Masculinity in Romantic Period Britain, 1750-
1850, to commence in October 2010.

Researcher's projects

War, Literary Culture and Masculinity in Romantic Period Britain, 1750-1850: The aim of this
project is to broaden our understanding of the relationship between war and culture by providing
a literary analysis of Romantic period military and naval war writing. This was the first body of
military writing to have circulated widely within a civilian, commercial market and my project will
provide insight into its formative role in the development of a modern culture of war. I will
examine its influence on literary theory and practice of the period and will consider how it shaped
cultural and gender identities through its representations of military service. By recovering this
writing I will thrown new light onto our understanding of the militaristic dimensions of Romantic
and modern culture.

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