Carl Thompson

Dr Carl Thompson

Reader in English Literature
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Academic and research departments

School of Literature and Languages.


Affiliations and memberships

British Association for Romantics Studies (BARS)
Raymond Williams Society
Member (previously secretary)


Research interests



Books (as author):

  • Travel Writing (Routledge, 2011)
  • The Suffering Traveller and the Romantic Imagination (Oxford University Press, 2007)

Books (as editor):

  • Jemima Kindersley: Letters from Teneriffe, Brazil, the Cape of Good Hope and the East Indies (1777) & Maria Graham: Journal of a Residence in India (1812) (new editions, with introductions, forming Volume 1 of Women’s Travel Writings in India; Chawton House Library / Taylor and Francis, 2020)
  • Routledge Companion to Travel Writing (Routledge, 2015)
  • Sarah Wilson: The Fruits of Enterprize (in the Chawton House Library's 4-vol. series Women's Travel Writings in Africa and the Middle East; Pickering and Chatto, 2014)
  • Shipwreck in Art and Literature: Images and Interpretations from Antiquity to the Present Day (Routledge, 2013)
  • Romantic-Era Shipwreck Narratives: An Anthology (Trent Editions, 2007)

Articles and chapters

  • ‘Maria Graham and the Chilean Earthquake of 1822: Contextualizing the First Female-Authored Article in Transactions of the Geological Society’, in C.V. Burek and B.M. Higgs (eds), Celebrating 100 Years of Female Fellowship of the Geological Society: Discovering Forgotten Histories (Geol. Soc. Special Publications, 2021)
  • ‘Producing and Protesting Imperial Map-Mindedness: Multimodal Pedagogy and Feminist Frustration in Sarah Atkins Wilson’s Geographical Primers’, in Sally Bushell, Julia Carlson, and Damian Walford Davies (eds), Romantic Cartographies: Literary Mapping and Romantic Britain (Cambridge University Press, 2020)
  • 'Women Travellers, Romantic-Era Science, and the Banksian Empire', Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science (2019), available online at
  • 'Nineteenth-Century Travel Writing', in Nandini Das and Tim Youngs (eds), The Cambridge History of Travel Writing (2019)
  • 'Journeys to Authority: Reassessing Women's Early Travel Writing 1763-1862', Introduction to SI of Women's Writing 24.2 (2017)
  • 'Sentiment and Scholarship: Hybrid Historiography and Historical Authority in Maria Graham's South American Journals', in SI of Women's Writing 24.2 (2017)
  • 'Des Exploratrices: Genre Féminin, Voyage et Decouverte Dans La Tradition Britannique, 1780-1850', in Des Voyages Vers L'Inconnu Entre 1630 et 1880 (ed. Florence D'Souza; Editions L'Harmattan, 2016)
  • 'Introduction', in The Routledge Companion to Travel Writing (ed. Carl Thompson; Routledge, 2015)
  • 'Travel Writing Now', in The Routledge Companion to Travel Writing (ed. Carl Thompson; Routledge, 2015)
  • '“Only the Amblyrhynchus”: Maria Graham's Scientific Editing of the Voyage of the Blonde', Journal of Literature and Science, 8.1 (2015)
  • 'Shipwrecks, Mutineers and Cannibals: Maritime Mythology and the Political Unconscious in Eighteenth-Century Britain', in Framing the Ocean, 1700 to the Present: Envisaging the Sea as Social Space (ed. Tricia Cusack; Ashgate, 2014)
  • 'Shipwreck and the Forging of the Commercial Nation: the 1786 Wreck of the Halsewell', in Shipwreck in Art and Literature (ed. Carl Thompson; Routledge, 2013)
  • 'Introduction: Shipwreck, Modernity, Postmodernity', in Shipwreck in Art and Literature (ed. Carl Thompson; Routledge, 2013)
  • 'The Explorer as Saint: Mungo Park in West Africa'. Extract from The Suffering Traveller and the Romantic Imagination, reprinted in Travel Writing: Critical Concepts in Literary And Cultural Studies, 4 vols. (eds. Tim Youngs and Charles Forsdick; Routledge, 2012)
  • 'Earthquakes and Petticoats: Maria Graham, Geology, and Early Nineteenth-Century 'Polite' Science', Journal of Victorian Culture, 17.3 (2012)
  • 'The Grosvenor Shipwreck and the Figure of the Female Crusoe: Hannah Hewit, Mary Jane Meadows and Romantic-Era Feminist and Anti-Feminist Debate', English Studies in Africa, 51.2 (2008)
  • 'Romantic Travel Writing', in Romanticism: An Oxford Guide (ed. Nicholas Roe; Oxford University Press, 2004)
  • 'The Heroic Age of the Tin Can: Technology, Ideology and Exploration in the Arctic, 1818-1835', in Maritime Empires (eds. D. Killingray, M. Lincoln and N. Rigby; Boydell and Brewer, 2004)
  • 'The Double Voice of James Bruce, Abyssinian Traveller' in Eastern Deserts: Minerals, Missionaries and Explorers (eds. Janet Starkey and Okashi El-Daly; Astene Books, 2001).
  • 'Redmond O'Hanlon: A Critical Appraisal and Bibliography', Post-War Literatures in English (March, 2000)