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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. Scotland and the North

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  2. "Earth and Stone": Improvement, entailment, and geographical futures in the novel of the 1820s

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

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Research activities & awards

  1. Edinburgh Spy Week 2019

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

  2. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (External organisation)

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee

  3. 'The Secret of Literature'

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

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