Ian Campbell

Ian Campbell

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Professor Ian Campbell joined the department in 1964 as a postgraduate, and the lecturing staff in 1967.  He has been Reader since 1981, and Professor since 1992; he also had visiting appointments in Canada, USA (most frequently at UCLA), in Europe and in Japan.  He retired till September 2009 but is an honorary fellow as well as emeritus professor.

Research Interests

These are in two main areas.  He has been involved since arrival with the development of Scottish literature teaching, mostly since the time of Burns.  The subject is now taught at every level in the department, and coincident with this is the provision of teaching texts and critical material in what was until recently a little-resourced field.  The other area is the life and work of Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), above all through the Duke-Edinburgh edition of the Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle, a massive international collaborative project which has now reached 40 volumes out of a projected 43.  The editing work by the team involves a great deal of biographical and textual research and new documents are regularly coming to light,  His other research interests include nineteenth century Scottish and English fiction, twentieth century Scottish fiction and poetry, and most of all the Bible and literature, on which he is working at present.  He has also taught in  the fields of popular culture and in science fiction.

Research activity

In July 2012 there was an international conference in Edinburgh to mark the publication of volume 40 of the Carlyle Letters; he was one of the joint organisers.  He also gave a public lecture on 15 November 2012 to mark the arrival of volume 40 from the USA entitled "Thomas Carlyle and the University of Edinburgh".


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