Andrew Raven


Previous Education

BA, British Literature, University of Cumbria.
MA, Literary Studies, Lancaster University.

Title of Thesis

The Intertexture of Literature: Wordsworth, Shelley and Compositional Intertextuality


Professor Sally Bushell

Research Summary

My research is concerned with the interpretation of literary production; it seeks to show how theories of intertextuality have always been concerned with literary production, despite the fact that they have often overlooked draft materials as such. The project is a response to recent calls, in Romantic criticism and in other fields, for a closer alignment of textual criticism and literary criticism. My thesis provides readings of literary draft materials by Wordsworth, Shelley and their respective collaborators. As well as Romanticism and literary production, I am also interested in the life and work of the American poet Gene Derwood, and in ‘the sublime’ and its relevance to technological modernity.


In addition to an AHRC NWCDTP +3 Full-Time Award, I have been a recipient of an Everett Helm Visiting Scholarship, which enabled me to undertake a fellowship at the University of Indiana. Also in 2016, my essay ‘In the Archives with Lamb, Shelley and Disraeli’ came second in the Keats-Shelley Essay Prize.

I have worked as an ‘online mentor’ for Lancaster University’s MOOC ‘Wordsworth: Poetry, People and Place’, and I have lectured on ‘The Poetry of WWI’ for Lancaster University’s ‘International Summer School’.

Research Interests

Romanticism, Wordsworth, Shelley, Keats, Disraeli, Textual Process, Draft Materials, Textual Production, Intertextuality, Textual Criticism, Manuscripts


Forthcoming in Keats Shelley Review, ‘In the Archives with Lamb, Shelley and Disraeli: Romantic Attitudes to Literary Draft Materials’.