Isobel Armstrong

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Isobel Armstrong FBA (born 1937) is a British academic. She is Emeritus Professor of English at Birkbeck, University of London and a Senior Research Fellow of the Institute of English Studies at the University of London. She is a Fellow of the British Academy.[1]

She is a critic of nineteenth-century poetry, literature and women's writing. Her publications include The Radical Aesthetic (2000), Women's Poetry, Late Romantic to Late Victorian: Gender and Genre (1999) and Victorian Poetry: Poetry, Politics and Poetics (1993). She is also a published poet.

Possession: A Romance, the 1990 Booker Prize-winning novel by A. S. Byatt, was dedicated to Armstrong.[2]

Armstrong is the younger sister of writer Diana Wynne Jones.[3]


  1. ^ "Fellows Directory: A". British Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Byatt, A. S. (2001). "A. S. Byatt, The Art of Fiction No. 168". The Paris Review (Interview). Interview with Philip Hensher. Retrieved 14 April 2017. I only knew one person in the world who really thought Victorian poetry was great poetry and that was Isobel Armstrong ... The book’s dedicated to her. 
  3. ^ Craig, Amanda (March 2005). "Diana Wynne Jones interview". Retrieved 28 April 2013. 

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