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Prof Penny Fielding

Grierson Chair of English Literature

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Willingness to take Ph.D. students: Yes

Education / Academic qualification

Bachelor of Arts, University of Oxford
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Oxford


Professor Penny Fielding is Grierson Chair of English Literature. Penny  studied for her BA and DPhil at the University of Oxford.  Before coming to Edinburgh she held lectureships at the University of Bristol and Trinity College Dublin and a visiting appointment at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2016 she was a Visiting Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford.

She has written books on theories of language and theories of space and place in Scotland, and is currently a General Editor of the New Edinburgh Edition of the Works of Robert Louis Stevenson.  Penny is now at work on a project on fiction and espionage from the French Revolution to the Cold War.

With Alex Thomson she is co-director of the Research Project Scottish Writing in the Nineteenth Century (SWINC).  With Simon Cooke she is co-director of Edinburgh Spy Week.


Research Interests

British Literature 1750 to 1890

Scottish Literature

Place and Space in Literature

Fiction and Espionage

Research outputs

  1. 'Glencore Tower; or the Feuds of Scotland'

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

  2. 'Scotch Lawsuits: A Tale of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries'

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

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Research activities & awards

  1. "Robert Louis Stevenson: the Author and the Editors"

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

  2. University College Cork (External organisation)

    Activity: MembershipMembership of peer review panel or committee

  3. "Spies, Dynamite and Victorian Terrorism"

    Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Public lecture/debate/seminar

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Research projects

  1. The Literature of Shetland and Orkney

    Project: Funded ProjectResearch

  2. Spy Week

    Project: Other ProjectUniversity Awarded Project Funding

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