Dr Anna Camilleri

Fixed Term Student (Career Development Fellow) in English


 BA English Language and Literature (Durham, 2006); MA in English Literary Studies (Durham, 2007); D.Phil. (Oxford, 2012)

Academic Background

2003-2007: University College, Durham; 2007-2013: Balliol College (College Lecturer in English from 2009).

Undergraduate Teaching

Literature in English 1650 to the Present.

Research Interests

My research is focused on poetry of the Romantic Period, primarily Byron. I have a particular interest in poetic form and theories of genre from antiquity to modernity. Additionally, my research, teaching, and general reading is preoccupied with writings on gender and sexuality from the eighteenth to twenty-first centuries.

I am in the final stages of preparing my first book, Byron, Gender, and the Heroic, for submission to the Oxford English Monograph series. The study offers a much-needed reappraisal of Byron’s treatment of gender and the heroic, contending that they emerge as interrelated and mutually responsive categories throughout Byron’s oeuvre. Specifically, I argue that the poet’s interest in gender and the heroic as unstable categories is motivated by his commitment to the poetic possibilities of mobilité.

My second book, Byron: the Man, the Myth, the Poet, is under contract with Harvard University Press.

Publications include

‘Lyric’ in Byron in Context, ed. Clara Tuite (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018)

‘Byron’s Ars Politica’, Critical Quarterly (Autumn 2017)

‘Out of Romanticism: Byron's Verse Romances’ in Byron and the Margins of Romanticism, ed. Norbert Lennartz (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017)

‘Byron’s Cunning Poetics’. Essays in Criticism (April 2016), pp. 221-241.




Adventuring with quadrupeds and automobiles (not necessarily simultaneously).