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Dr Anthony Howell

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Professional biography

I began my association with the Open University as an Associate Lecturer in 2009 and am now based at the OU in Wales as Staff Tutor for the Arts. Before joining the English department here, I taught at the University of Wales, Lampeter, and Trinity University College Carmarthen.

Research interests

My main areas of interest are in the field of Romanticism, in particular the work of Sir Walter Scott, William Wordsworth and John Clare. I am currently working on a study of representations of Gypsy-Travellers and the origins of bohemianism in literature. In addition, I’ve recently developed interests in ecocriticism and Welsh Writing in English. I am currently supervising a research student working on James Boswell and travel writing and would welcome applications for postgraduate research related to Romantic literature and the long eighteenth century.

Teaching interests

My teaching interests are broadly based around British literature of the 18th and 19th centuries with a focus on the Romantic Period. In addition I have worked as an AL at the Open University teaching The Arts Past and Present (AA100) and the MA in English (A815/6). I currently sit on the module teams for each of these and look forward to contributing to new courses in the coming years.

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Romantic Period Research GroupGroupFaculty of Arts


Southey and itinerancy (2011-01)
Howell, Anthony
Wordsworth Circle, 42(1) (pp. 68-72)

Room to speak? A green voice for romanticism in John Clare's "Swordy Well" (2011-09)
Howell, Anthony
In: Heffernan, Nick and Wragg, David A. eds. Culture, Environment and Ecopolitics (pp. 137-155)
ISBN : 978-1-4438-3201-4 | Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing | Published : Newcastle upon Tyne