Series Editors:

Timothy Whelan (Georgia Southern), series editor


Professor of English, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA.

Visiting Fellow of the School of English and Drama, Queen Mary University of London

Queen Mary Distinguished Visiting Fellow (May-June 2015)

Senior Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for Baptist History and Heritage, Regent’s Park College, Oxford University


Personal website

Timothy Whelan is co-editor with James Vigus of the Reminiscences, the introductory essay collection, and the Diary.

I have been teaching Early American Literature since 1989. My early research interests concerned the poetry and prose of Anne Bradstreet, as well as American religious history. Since 1998, however, my research has focused on British nonconformity (primarily Baptist and Unitarian), 1750-1850, and its intersection with literature and culture. This research has led to articles on numerous Romantic figures, including Coleridge, Wordsworth, Joseph Cottle, George Dyer, William Godwin, and Henry Crabb Robinson, as well as several dissenting writers, such as the political pamphleteer William Fox, radical newspaper editor Benjamin Flower, the Baptist essayist John Foster, and the Baptist minister Robert Hall. My work has also led to recovering the lives and writings (both published and unpublished) of numerous nonconformist women writers and booksellers (mostly Baptist), including Maria de Fleury, Martha Gurney, Mary Lewis, Anne Steele, Mary Steele, Mary Scott, Elizabeth Coltman, Maria Saffery, and the controversial novelist, Mary Hays. I am general editor of the eight-volume Nonconformist Women Writers, 1720-1840 (Pickering & Chatto, 2011), which presented the published and unpublished writings and letters of a remarkable literary circle of women writers in Hampshire, Wiltshire, and Somerset that revolved around Anne and Mary Steele of Broughton. A monograph on four writers of that circle, Other British Voices: Women, Poetry, and Religion, 1766-1840 (Palgrave Macmillan), appeared in 2015.

Selected recent publications:

  • Other British Voices: Women, Poetry, and Religion, 1766-1840 (New York and Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)
  • ‘Crabb Robinson and Questions of Pre-Existence and the Afterlife in the 1830s’, Coleridge Bulletin, n.s. 46 (Winter 2015), 1-16, and online
  • ‘Mary Steele, Mary Hays, and the Convergence of Women’s Literary Circles in the 1790s’, Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies. 38.4 (2015), 511-24
  • ‘Mary Hays and Henry Crabb Robinson’, The Wordsworth Circle, 46.3 (2015), 176-90
  • ‘Coleridge, Jonathan Edwards, and the “edifice of Fatalism”’, Romanticism 21.3 (2015), 80-100
  • ‘Wilhelm Benecke, Crabb Robinson, and “rational faith”, 1819-1837’, Transactions of the Unitarian Historical Society 26.1 (2015), 51-78
  • ‘Mary Scott, Sarah Froud, and the Steele Literary Circle: A Revealing Annotation to The Female Advocate’, Huntington Library Quarterly 77.4 (2014), 435-52
  • ‘“When kindred Souls unite”: The Literary Friendship of Mary Steele and Mary Scott, 1766-1793’, Journal of Women’s Studies 43 (2014), 619-40
  • ‘“My dearest friend”: Crabb Robinson’s Correspondence with Mary Wordsworth’, Wordsworth Circle 45.1 (Winter 2014), 11-21
  • The Letters of Henry Crabb Robinson, Wordsworth Library, Grasmere, transcribed and edited by Timothy Whelan (Dr Williams’s Centre for Dissenting Studies, 2013)
  • ‘Nonconformity and Culture, 1650-1850’, in Companion to Nonconformity, ed. Robert Pope (Edinburgh and London: T & T Clark, 2013), 329-52
  • ‘Defoe, Daniel (ca 1660-1731)’, in Companion to Nonconformity, ed. Robert Pope (Edinburgh and London: T & T Clark, 2013), 585-87
  • ‘Baptist Autographs at the John Rylands University Library, Manchester’, Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester 89.2 (2013), 203-25
  • ‘An Evangelical Anglican Interaction with Baptist Missionary Society Strategy: William Wilberforce and John Ryland, 1807-1824’, in Interfaces: Baptists and Others, ed. David Bebbington and Martin Sutherland. Studies in Baptist History and Thought, vol. 44 (Milton Keynes: Paternoster Press, 2013), 56-85
  • ‘Informal Writings and Literary History: The Case of a Provincial Women’s Literary Circle, 1799-1814.’ Informal Romanticism,ed. James Vigus. Studien zur Englischen Romantik, vol. 11 (Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2012), 173-88.
  • ‘West Country Nonconformist Women Writers, 1720-1840’, The Wordsworth Circle 43 (2012), 44-55.
  • ‘George Dyer and Dissenting Culture, 1777-1796’, The Charles Lamb Bulletin N.S. 155 (2012), 9-30.
  • ‘William Hazlitt and Radical West Country Dissent’, Coleridge Bulletin N.S. 38 (2011), 111-27
  • ‘The Godwin and Crabb Robinson Diaries, 1813: A Study in Contrasts’, Bodleian Library Record 24 (2011), 98-104
  • ‘Martha Gurney and the Anti-Slave Trade Movement, 1788-94’, Women, Dissent and Anti-Slavery in Britain and America, 1790-1865, ed. Elizabeth J. Clapp and Julie Roy Jeffrey (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011), 44-65
  • ‘Coleridge and Some Bristol Baptists, 1794-96’, Wordsworth and Coleridge in the West Country, ed. Nicholas Roe (Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). 99-114
  • ‘William Fox, Martha Gurney, and Radical Discourse of the 1790s’, Eighteenth Century Studies 42 (2009), 397-411
  • Baptist Autographs in the John Rylands University Library of Manchester, 1741-1845 (Macon, GA: Baptist History Series, Mercer University Press, 2009)
  • Politics, Religion, and Romance: The Letters of Benjamin Flower and Eliza Gould Flower, 1794-1808 (Aberystwyth: National Library of Wales, 2008)


James Vigus (Queen Mary University of London), series editor

James Vigus working on Henry Crabb Robinson at Dr Williams’s Library. Photograph by Jorge Esteveo.
James Vigus working on Henry Crabb Robinson at Dr Williams’s Library. Photograph by Jorge Esteveo.

Senior Lecturer in Romanticism, School of English and Drama, Queen Mary University of London

Departmental profile:


I am co-editor with Timothy Whelan of the Reminiscences, the introductory essay collection, and the Diary.

My research focuses on the literature and philosophy of the period of European Romanticism, especially the early reception of German thought in Britain. Inspired by Henry Crabb Robinson, I have written on the early reception of German philosophy among English writers, and on attitudes to religious dissent in the Coleridge circle in the Romantic period. In particular, I am interested in the love-hate relationship several Romantics had with Unitarianism and Quakerism. My doctorate on the philosophical writing of Samuel Taylor Coleridge in relation to Kant and Plato, completed in 2006, formed the basis of my monograph Platonic Coleridge. After that, as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute for Philosophy, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, and at the Department of English and American Studies, Ludwig-Maximilian-University Munich, I have concentrated above all on Robinson. My critical edition Henry Crabb Robinson: Essays on Kant, Schelling, and German Aesthetics was published by the MHRA in 2010. I am reviews editor of the Coleridge Bulletin. I co-directed the Dr Williams’s Centre for Dissenting Studies, a research collaboration between the School of English and Drama, Queen Mary University of London, and Dr Williams’s Library, from 2013 to 2015, organising many of the events described below.

Selected publications (for full list please see my departmental profile):

  • ‘The Owlet Atheism in the 1790s: An Essay on Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Henry Crabb Robinson’, in Les philosophes et la libre pensée, ed. Gianenrico Paganini and Lorenzo Bianchi (Paris: Champion, forthcoming)
  • ‘“You surely don’t wish to cure Anglomania with Anglophobia”: Henry Crabb Robinson’s Debate on National Character and the English Reception of German Literature in the Neue Berlinische Monatschrift in 1803′, Angermion 9:1 (December 2016), 43-70
  • Continental Romanticism in Britain’, in The Oxford Handbook of British Romanticism, ed. David Duff (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming)
  • ‘Conscience is God: Macbeth and Coleridge’s Translation of the Wallenstein Plays of Friedrich Schiller’, Coleridge Bulletin, n.s. 46 (Winter 2015), 17-36
  • ‘Coleridge’s View of the Daimonion of Socrates and its Unitarian Context’, The Coleridge Bulletin, n.s. 43 (Summer 2014), 15-28
  • ‘Literary Reporter or Dissenting Autobiographer? Editing Henry Crabb Robinson’s Reminiscences, paper for the Séminaire de recherche sur les îles Britanniques XVIIe–XVIIIe  siècles, Aix Marseille université (2014)
  • ‘“That which people do trample upon must be thy food”: The Animal Creation in The Journal of George Fox’, in Ethical Perspectives on Animals in the Early Modern Period, ed. by Cecilia Muratori and Burkhard Dohm (Florence, 2013), 193-211
  • ‘“Do ‘Friends’ allow puns’? Lamb on Quakers, Language and Silence’, in The Charles Lamb Bulletin, n.s. 157 (Spring 2013), 2-17
  • ‘“All are but parts of one stupendous whole”? Henry Crabb Robinson’s Dilemma’, and ‘The Spark of Intuitive Reason: Coleridge’s “On the Prometheus of Aeschylus” ’, in Symbol and Intuition: Comparative Studies in Kantian and Romantic-Period Aesthetics, ed. Helmut Hühn and James Vigus (Oxford, 2013), 123-57
  • ‘Informal Religion: Lakers on Quakers’, in Informal Romanticism, ed. James Vigus (Trier, 2012), 97-114
  • ‘Hazlitt and Hume: Personal Identity as Imaginative Narration’, in Romantic Explorations, ed. Michael Meyer (Trier, 2011), 199-208
  • The Romantic Fragment and the Legitimation of Philosophy: Platonic Poems of Reason’, Leopardi Centre website, University of Birmingham, 2011
  • Henry Crabb Robinson: Essays on Kant, Schelling, and German Aesthetics, ed. James Vigus (London, 2010)
  • ‘Henry Crabb Robinson’s Initiation into the “Mysteries of the New School”: A Romantic Journey’, in Romantic Localities, ed. Jacqueline Labbe and Christoph Bode (London, 2010), 145-156
  • Platonic Coleridge (Oxford, 2009)
  • ‘Zwischen Kantianismus und Schellingianismus: Henry Crabb Robinsons Privatvorlesungen über Philosophie für Madame de Staël 1804 in Weimar’, in Germaine de Staël und ihr erstes deutsches Publikum, ed. Gerhard R. Kaiser and Olaf Müller (Heidelberg: Winter, 2008), 357- 93
  • Coleridge’s Afterlives, ed. James Vigus and Jane Wright (Basingstoke, 2008)


Editor of the Early Diaries:

Philipp Hunnekuhl (University of Leipzig and Queen Mary University of London), editor of the Early Diaries


Associate Lecturer in English, University of Leipzig

Visiting Fellow of the School of English and Drama, Queen Mary University of London


I am currently an Associate Lecturer in English at the University of Leipzig and a Visiting Fellow of the Queen Mary Centre for Religion and Literature in English (QMCRLE), Queen Mary University of London. Between April and July 2020, I was Guest Professor of English at the Department of English and American Studies, University of Hamburg, and between August 2015 and June 2019, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow of the German Research Foundation (DFG) at Hamburg. I was awarded this position for the editing of Henry Crabb Robinson’s Early Diaries (1790–1810) as part of the Henry Crabb Robinson Project. My doctoral thesis (fully funded by the AHRC and QMUL, and completed in 2012) examines Crabb Robinson’s role as a critic, comparatist, and ‘literator’. In the light of my work on Crabb Robinson’s Early Diaries, I have developed my PhD research into my monograph Henry Crabb Robinson: Romantic Comparatist, 1790–1811 (Liverpool: LUP, 2020). I am also a special subject area editor (‘Books and Writers’) for the Crabb Robinson Project, and have transcribed and enhanced the catalogue of the Crabb Robinson collection at Dr Williams’s Library. With James Whitehead at Liverpool John Moores University, I am assistant editor of the Hazlitt Review. At Hamburg, I designed and taught courses on British Romanticism generally, the essay, Abolitionist literature, William Hazlitt, John Milton’s influence on the Romantics, the East End of London, and twentieth-century British working-class literature. From 2014 to 2015, I was an Associate Lecturer in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London, where I taught on the modules ‘Sensibility and Romanticism: Revolutions in Writing and Society’, ‘Explorations in Literature’, and ‘Literature of the Victorian Period’. During my time as a PhD student at QMUL (2008–12), I taught on the modules ‘Poetry’ and ‘Reading, Theory and Interpretation’, and gave visiting lectures on William Hazlitt and Samuel Taylor Coleridge for ‘Imagination and Knowledge’. I hold an MSc (with Distinction, 2007) in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh, for which I received an Edinburgh University UK/EU Master’s Scholarship, and a PGCE (Modern Foreign Languages, Secondary, 2014) from Goldsmiths, University of London.

Selected Publications:


Special subject area editors and contributors to “All Our Knowledge is Reminiscence”: Essays on the Reminiscences of Henry Crabb Robinson:

Politics: Mark Philp (Warwick);

Law: Michael Lobban (London School of Economics);

the Victorians: Joanne Shattock (University of Leicester);

Autobiography: Eugene Stelzig (SUNY College at Geneseo, New York);

the Romantics: Stephen Burley (Headington School);

Theatre: David O’Shaughnessy (Trinity College Dublin);

Spain: Karen Racine (University of Guelph, Canada);

Travel: Karen Junod (University of Fribourg, Switzerland);

Books and writers: Philipp Hunnekuhl (Queen Mary University of London);

Germany: James Vigus;

Religion and dissenting culture: Timothy Whelan.

Advisory Board:

Rosemary Ashton (Professor Emeritus, University College London);

Dinah Birch (University of Liverpool);

Isabel Rivers (Queen Mary University of London);

David Wykes (Director, Dr Williams’s Library).