Professor Margaret Reynolds, MA (Oxford) PhD (London)
I was born in Australia but did my first degree at Oxford and my PhD at London University. My thesis was a critical edition of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s verse novel Aurora Leigh which had been a ‘forgotten’ text re-discovered by important feminist critics like Cora Kaplan. My Ohio University Press edition of this work won the British Academy’s Rose Mary Crawshay Prize in 1993. I have taught at the University of Leeds, at King’s College, London, at Birmingham University and I was a Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge where I am a Life Member. With Angela Leighton (Trinity College, Cambridge) I produced an anthology Victorian Women Poets (1999). My other work includes The Sappho Companion (2000), The Sappho History (2003) and the Penguin edition of George Eliot’s Adam Bede (2008). I review regularly for The Times and write comment for The Guardian. I worked for a year as a writer and presenter for BBC Radio 3 and 4 and I am the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Adventures in Poetry.
In the 2015-16 academic year, I am teaching on:
- C18-21 literature
- Transmission of Classics
- Imagination of adoption
ed., George Eliot, Adam Bede (London: Penguin, 2008)
The Sappho History (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2003)
Vintage Living Texts: The Essential Guide (with Jonathan Noakes),14 titles: Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie, Toni Morrison, AS Byatt, Iris Murdoch, Roddy Doyle, Susan Hill, Sebastian Faulks, Ian McEwan, Jeanette Winterson, American Fiction, Martin Amis, Louis de Bernieres, John Fowles (London: Vintage, 2002-)
The Sappho Companion (London: Chatto and Windus, 2000)
with Angela Leighton, eds, Victorian Women Poets: An Anthology (Oxford: Blackwell, 1995)
I would welcome enquiries from potential doctoral students interested in any of the areas of my research.
I have recently supervised the following successful PhD projects:
- Sinead O’Neill, 'A History of Opera in Performance: Verdi’s Macbeth at Glyndebourne, 1938 to 2007' (2010)