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Penny Fielding

Grierson Chair of English Literature

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Willingness to take PhD 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 Robert Irvine she is co-director of the Research Project Scottish Writing in the Nineteenth Century (SWINC).  With Simon Cooke, Jane McKie and David Sorfa 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. Eels, words and water: Shetland’s coastal geographies and amphibious writing

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. Graham Greene's "Stamboul Train"

    Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

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Research activities & awards

  1. Edinburgh Spy Week 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Festival/Exhibition

  2. External examiner of PhD

    Activity: Examination typesExternal Examiner or Assessor

  3. International Association for the Study of Scottish Literatures 2019 Conference

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

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