Peter Kitson

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Peter J. Kitson is a British academic and author specializing in the literary history of the Romantic era. He is currently Professor of English Literature at the University of East Anglia, having moved there from the University of Dundee in 2013. His doctoral thesis was on 'The Seventeenth-century Influence on the Early Religious and Political Thought of S. T. Coleridge, 1790-1805'. Kitson has authored and edited many books and many articles on Romantic era literature, and has specialised in theories of race, slavery, and empire in the period. His publications include the important Slavery, Abolition and Emancipation: Writings in the British Romantic Period, which provided modern readers with a substantial body of eighteenth-century writings about race and slavery. Kitson has served as President of the English Association (2007–10) and President of the British Association for Romantic Studies (2007-2011). He has received numerous research awards and Fellowships including awards from the Leverhulme Trust, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the British Academy, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, the Huntington Library and the Carnegie Trust for Scotland. He is an Honorary Fellow of the English Association.


Forging Romantic China: Sino-British Cultural Exchange, 1760-1840. New York: Cambridge University Press. 2013. ISBN 978-1-107-04561-3. 

Romantic Literature, Race, and Colonial Encounter. New York: Palgrave. 2008. ISBN 978-1-4039-7645-1. 

Slavery and the Cultures of Abolition: Essays Marking the British Abolition Act of 1807 (Essays and Studies in Romanticism Series, 2007). Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer. 2007. ISBN 1-84384-120-7.  (Edited with Brycchan Carey)

Literature, Science and Exploration in the Romantic Period: Bodies of Knowledge. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2004. ISBN 978-0-521-03995-6.  (Edited with Tim Fulford and Debbie Lee)

Placing and Displacing Romanticism. London: Ashgate. 2001. ISBN 978-0-7546-0602-4. 

Slavery, Abolition and Emancipation: Writings from the Romantic Period 1780-1830. London: Pickering and Chatto. 1999. ISBN 978-1-85196-513-7.  (Edited with Debbie Lee)

Romanticism and Colonialism: Writing and Empire, 1780-1830. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1998. ISBN 978-0-521-59143-0.  (Edited with Tim Fulford)

Coleridge, Keats and Shelley: New Macmillan Casebook. Basingstoke: Macmillan. 1996. ISBN 978-0-333-60890-6. 

Coleridge and the Armoury of the Human Mind: Essays on His Prose Writings. London: Routledge. 1991. ISBN 978-0-7146-3426-5.  (Edited with Thomas N. Corns)

Romantic Criticism, 1800-25 (Key documents in literary criticism). London: Batsford. 1989. ISBN 978-0-7134-5803-9. 

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