Prof Angela Leighton, Trinity



Biographical Information

Angela Leighton is currently Senior Research Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge.  She has worked mainly on nineteenth and twentieth-century literature, on women's writing, on aestheticism and the aesthetic, and on poetry generally.  She has published many articles and various critical books, as well as four volumes of poetry, most recently Spills (2016), which includes a memoir, short stories and translations, as well as new poetry.

Research Interests

Currently working on a book about listening in literature, with chapters on Tennyson,  the Rossettis, Pater, W. S. Graham, Walter de la Mare, Robert Frost, Edward Thomas, Seamus Heaney, Les Murray, Marilyn Robinson, Alice Oswald, as well as mixed chapters on the idea of knowing and listening.

Also a short book on Walter de la Mare.

Areas of Graduate Supervision

Main supervision areas: poetry of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, aesthetics and form, and the sounds of literature.  In the past I have supervised theses on, for examples, De Quincey, Keats, Christina Rossetti, nineteenth-century aestheticism, Michael Field, Virginia Woolf, Elizabeth Bishop, Anne Stevenson, among others.  

Selected Publications

Some books:

          Angela Leighton, Spills (poetry), Carcanet, 2016.

  • Angela Leighton, The Messages (poetry), Shoestring Press, 2012.
  • Angela Leighton, On Form: Poetry, Aestheticism and the Legacy of a Word, Oxford University Press, 2007.
  • Angela Leighton, (ed) Voyages Over Voices: Critical Essays on Anne Stevenson, Liverpool University Press, 2010
  • Angela Leighton, Sea Level (poetry) Shoestring Press, 2007.
  • Angela Leighton (with Margaret Reynolds), Victorian Women Poets: An Anthology, Blackwell, 1995.
  • Angela Leighton, Victorian Women Poets: Writing Against the Heart, Virginia University Press, 1992.
  • Angela Leighton, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Harvester Press, 1986.
  • Angela Leighton, Shelley and the Sublime, Cambridge University Press, 1984; 2009.

Some recent essays:

‘About About: On Poetry and Paraphrase’, in Midwest Studies in Philosophy, ed. Ernie Lepore, 33(2009), 167-76.

‘On “the hearing ear”: Some Sonnets of the Rossettis’, Victorian Poetry, 47(2009), 505-16.

‘Tennyson’s Hum’, Tennyson Research Bulletin, 9(2010), 315-29.

‘Thresholds of Attention: On Listening in Literature’, in Thinking on Thresholds: The Poetics of Transitive Spaces, ed Subha Mukherji, Anthem Press, 2011, 199-212.

‘Lyric and the Lyrical’, The Cambridge History of Victorian Literature, ed. Kate Flint, CUP, 2012, 151-71.

‘Something in the Works: Frost, Bishop, and Idea of Beauty ’, in The Persistence of Beauty, ed. Michael O'Neill, Pickering and Chatto, 2015.

‘Poetry’s Knowing: So what do we know?’ in The Philosophy of Poetry, ed. John Gibson, Oxford University Press, 2015.

'Incarnations in the Ear: On Poetry and Presence', in Poetic Revelations, ed. Mark S. Burrows et al, Routledge, 2016.