Dr Philip Connell, Selwyn



Biographical Information

Philip Connell is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of English, and a Fellow and Director of Studies in English at Selwyn College. He was educated at the University of Liverpool and completed his Ph.D. at King's College, Cambridge. He has held Research Fellowships at St John's College, Cambridge and the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CRASSH).

Research Interests

Principal research interests in literature, politics, and intellectual history between 1650 and 1840. Previous publications have included studies of the political and economic thought of British Romantic writers; popular culture in the early nineteenth century; the history of the book; poetry and national identity; literature and science; canon-formation and literary commemoration; poetry, politics and religion. Currently working on revolution and cultural memory in Romantic Britain.

Areas of Graduate Supervision

Dr Connell has supervised Ph.D. candidates working on a wide range of topics in the long eighteenth century, and would welcome inquiries from prospective students; he also teaches on the Cambridge M.Phil. in Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies

Selected Publications


  • Secular Chains: Poetry and the Politics of Religion from Milton to Pope (Oxford University Press, 2016)
  • 'Hobbes and Davenant: Poetry as Civil Science' in The Poetic Enlightenment: Poetry and Human Science, 1650-1820, ed. Tom Jones and Rowan Boyson (Pickering and Chatto, 2013), 63-74.
  • 'Marvell, Milton and the Protectoral Church Settlement', Review of English Studies, 62 (2011), 562-93.
  • 'Newtonian Physico-Theology and the Varieties of Whiggism in James Thomson's The Seasons', Huntington Library Quarterly, 72 (2009), 1-28.
  • Romanticism and Popular Culture in Britain and Ireland, ed. Philip Connell and Nigel Leask (Cambridge University Press, 2009).
  • 'British Identites and the Politics of Ancient Poetry in Later Eighteenth-Century England', The Historical Journal, 49 (2006), 161-92.
  • 'Death and the Author: Westminster Abbey and the Meanings of the Literary Monument', Eighteenth-Century Studies, 38 (2005), 557-85.
  • Romanticism, Economics and the Question of 'Culture' (Oxford University Press, 2001).
  • 'Wordsworth, Malthus, and the 1805 Prelude', Essays in Criticism, 50 (2000), 242-67.
  • 'Bibliomania: Book Collecting, Cultural Politics and the Rise of Literary Heritage in Romantic Britain', Representations, 71 (2000), 24-47