Duncan Wu


Raymond Wagner Professor in Literary Studies


Department of English
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Spring 2017: T/Th 12:00-1:00pm


Duncan Wu came to Georgetown in 2008.

He began his career as Fellow by Special Election at St Catherine's College, Oxford, and Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the British Academy, in 1991. In 1995 he was appointed Reader in English Literature at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, where he became Professor of Romantic Studies in 1999. In 2000 he was appointed University Lecturer in English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford, and Tutorial Fellow in English at St Catherine's College. Three years later he was made Professor of English Language and Literature by the English Faculty at Oxford. In 2004 he was awarded a Senior Research Fellowship by the Leverhulme Trust. Nearly four years later, in January 2008, he left Oxford and came to Georgetown as Professor of English.

At various times he has taught at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio; the University of Oklahoma, Norman; and Otto-von-Guericke University in Magdeburg, Germany.

He has authored or edited a number of books, principally in the areas of Romantic Studies and Contemporary British Drama. These include Romanticism: An Anthology (four editions, 1994, 1998, 2007, 2012); A Companion to Romanticism (1998); Wordsworth's Reading 1770-1815 (2 vols., 1993, 1995); Wordsworth: An Inner Life (2000); Selected Writings of William Hazlitt (9 vols., 1998); and Making Plays: Interviews with Contemporary British Playwrights and Directors (2000).

Over the years he has written for British newspapers, including The Observer, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independent, the TLS, and Times Higher Education.

He is on the editorial boards of The Charles Lamb Bulletin and Romanticism on the Net, and is an editor of the scholarly journal Notes and Queries, published by Oxford University Press.

He is Vice-Chairman of The Charles Lamb Society and The Keats-Shelley Memorial Association, a founder member and former Chairman of The Hazlitt Society, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

For the website of Romanticism: An Anthology, go to


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  • D.Phil. (1991) University of Oxford, English Language and Literature
  • BA (1984) University of Oxford, English Language and Literature