Blue Grey

Dr Adrian J. Wallbank

Teaching Fellow

 Adrian Neu

Qualifications and awards

BA (Hons) English (Staffordshire University, 2001)

MA Romantic and Sentimental Literature, 1770-1830 (University of York, 2003)

PhD (University of Warwick, 2009)

Postgraduate Certificate in Academic and Professional Practice (PCAPP) (University of Warwick, 2015)

Telephone +44 (0) 1784 276 432
Profile Before arriving at Royal Holloway I taught for over 7 years at the University of Warwick where I specialised in teaching Romantic and Victorian poetry, critical theory and academic writing. Much of my work for ‘The Writing Centre’ entailed delivering workshops and lectures in academic composition to students in departments ranging from English, Warwick Business School, Physics, Computer Science, Law and Economics. I have studied at the University of Warwick's Learning and Development Centre and the internationally renowned Centre for Creativity and Performance in Teaching and Learning (CAPITAL). I also hold a City & Guilds 7302 Certificate in Delivering Learning and have the University of Warwick’s teaching qualification for Higher Education (Postgraduate Award: Academic and Professional Practice). I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of both the Institute for Professional Tutors and The Tutors' Association. Here at Royal Holloway I am Programme Leader for Academic Writing and Communication and Chair of the CeDAS Scholarship Committee. 
Research interests
  • Didacticism, pedagogy and print culture throughout the ‘long’ eighteenth century / Romantic period.
  • The collation, organization, dissemination and consumption of knowledge during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, especially in the form of encyclopedias and dictionaries.
  • The work of Anna Letitia Barbauld.
  • Literary genres (primarily during the Romantic period), especially poetry, the intersections between literature and philosophy / science / dialectic and academic writing)
  • Academic writing, visual pedagogies and dyslexia
  • Academic writing and the commodification of education / power / alienation
  • Academic writing and rhetoric / style

Current / Future Projects:

  • Monograph provisionally entitled Picture This: Re-Thinking Academic Writing for Dyslexics in Higher Education (due for completion July 2018)
  • Major book project provisionally entitled: Universal Mentors: Encyclopaedias, Dictionaries and the Collation of Knowledge in an Age of Revolution.
  • Journal article on Anna Letitia Barbauld, poetics and ‘madness’.
Publications and conference papers
  • Academic Writing and Dyslexia: A Visual Guide to Writing at University (Routledge, January, 2018)
  • Monograph: Dialogue, Didacticism and the Genres of Dispute: Literary Dialogues in an Age of Revolution (London: Pickering & Chatto, March 2012). This book is a much expanded version of my doctoral thesis and examines the evolution of the dialogue genre in the Romantic period in relation to the notion of literary mentoring. Issues that are explored include propaganda, pedagogy, the communicability of ideas and knowledge, and the ‘impossibility’ of dialogic philosophizing. I conclude with an examination of the collapse of philosophical dialogue into satire, which incorporates an examination of the work of Peacock and Landor.
  • Book Chapter: ‘Coleridge’s “Deep Romantic Chasm: Kubla Khan, The Valley of Rocks and the Geomorphological Imagination’, in Romantic Sustainability: Endurance and the Natural World, 1780-1830, ed. Ben P. Robertson (Lexington Books, 2015), pp.3-20
  • Journal Article: ‘Literary Experimentation in Rowland Hill’s Village Dialogues (1801): Transcending “Critical Attitudes” in the Face of Societal Ruination’, Nineteenth-Century Literature, 66:1 (June 2011), 1-36
  • Article: ‘Keats on Women: Whores, Madonnas and the Male Gaze’, The English Review, 22:3 (February 2012), 30-2
  • Article: ‘Coleridge’s Kubla Khan and the Valley of Rocks, The English Review, 25:4 (April 2015), 26-9
  • Book Review: ‘Julian North, The Domestication of Genius: Biography and the Romantic Poet’. Modern Language Review, 106:1 (January 2011), 239-40
  • Book Review: ‘David Duff, Romanticism and the Uses of Genre’. Modern Language Review, 106:2 (April 2011), 528-9
  • Book Review: “Seth Rudy, Literature and Encyclopedism in Enlightenment Britain: The Pursuit of Complete Knowledge” (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), in The BARS Review, No 47 (Spring 2016), 474-5
  • Book Review: “Angela Esterhammer, Diane Piccitto and Patrick Vincent, eds. Romanticism, Rousseau, Switzerland: New Prospects” (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), in The BARS Review, No 48 (Autumn 2016), 566-7
  • The British Association for Romantic Studies
  • Founding member of the Dyslexic Academic Forum (DAN)
  • Editorial board member for Anthem Press (Gender and Culture in the Romantic Era Series)