Penny Fielding


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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 Robert Irvine she is co-director of the Research Project Scottish Writing in the Nineteenth Century (SWINC).  With Simon Cook and David Sorfa she is co-director of the Edinburgh Network for Studies in Secrect (ENSiS)


Research Interests

British Literature 1750 to 1890

Scottish Literature

Place and Space in Literature

Fiction and Espionage

Education/Academic qualification

English Language and Literature, Bachelor of Arts, University of Oxford

English Literature, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Oxford


  • PR English literature

College Research Themes

  • Cultural Heritage


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