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Anna Mercer

Dr Anna Mercer


School of English, Communication and Philosophy

+44 29208 75410
John Percival Building, Room 2.05, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU
Available for postgraduate supervision


I am a Romanticist, interested in literary relationships, women writers, and manuscript studies (1770-1830). My main area of research is the works of Mary Shelley and Percy Bysshe Shelley.

I am involved in the following projects alongside my research and teaching as a Lecturer at Cardiff:

  • I work with Keats House in Hampstead. I co-curated their current exhibition 'Young Romantics in the City' (funded by Innovation for All in collaboration with Cardiff University), and I support their events programme. 
  • Board of Directors, Keats-Shelley Association of America (K-SAA).
  • Advisory Board, The Shelley Conference 2024.
  • Committee Member, 'The Year of Gothic Women' Conference, Dundee, 2023. 
  • International Collaborator, Inter-University Center for the Study of Romanticism (CISR).

Former appointments:

  • Lead Organiser of Cardiff BookTalk 2020-22. 
  • Director of Communications for the Keats-Shelley Association of America (K-SAA) 2017-22.
  • Communications Officer for the British Association of Romantic Studies (BARS) 2019-23.
  • Blog Editor for the British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS) 2015-2019.
  • Director, BARS Digital Events series 2020-22.









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My current research projects include:

  • Editing the selected works of Mary Shelley for Oxford University Press (Series Editor: Professor Seamus Perry).
  • Writing three articles, ‘The Shelleys, Beatrice, and the pernicious mistakes of women’ for Romanticism on the Net; ‘Collaboration, the first Frankenstein of 1818, and the Shelleys’ creative processes behind History of a Six Weeks’ Tour' for Nineteenth Century Literature in Transition: the 1810s ed. Emma Mason (Cambridge University Press); ‘Mary Shelley’ in Percy Shelley in Context ed. Ross Wilson (Cambridge University Press).
  • Writing a piece for Romanticism on a new discovery relating to Sara Coleridge in the Keats House Archives. 
  • Co-editing with Professor Cian Duffy the Shelleys' History of a Six Weeks' Tour for Oxford University Press.
  • A collaborative project with Professor Nora Crook and Dr Bysshe Coffey to edit and publish the only notebook containing Percy Bysshe Shelley's hand that has not appeared in facsimile print edition: MSS 13,290 in the Library of Congress.
  • Co-editing a special issue of Romanticism with Dr Amanda Blake Davis with papers from The Shelley Conference 2022.


I have taught on the following modules

Undergraduate teaching:

  • 'Bluestockings, Britannia and Unsex'd Females: Women in Public Life 1770-1800'
  • 'Fictive Histories/Historical Fictions'
  • 'Jane Austen in Context'
  • 'Romanticism, Politics, Aesthetics'
  • 'Second-generation Romantic Poets'
  • 'Introduction to Romantic Poetry'
  • 'Romantic Circles: Collaboration, Radicalism and Creativity 1770–1830'
  • Dissertation

Postgraduate teaching:

  • 'Narrative and Nation: Politics, Gender, History, 1780-1830'
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation


I joined ENCAP in October 2018. I have previously taught in the Department of English and Related Literature at the University of York.

I completed my AHRC-funded PhD at the University of York in 2017. I have also studied at Jesus College, University of Cambridge and the University of Liverpool. 

Honours and awards

  • Innovation for All Project Grant 2022, working with Keats House Museum.
  • Keats-Shelley Essay Prize (Runner-up) 2015 for the essay ‘Beyond Frankenstein’. 
  • Awarded AHRC Travel Award Scheme grant to travel to the USA to study manuscripts in Washington D.C. and New York City, October/November 2015.
  • Recipient of BARS Stephen Copley Postgraduate Research Award 2015 for the same research trip as above.
  • Recipient of a full AHRC Doctoral Award.
  • Essay entitled ‘Shelley and Mary in 1816’ shortlisted for the Keats-Shelley Prize 2012.
  • Awarded Jesus College University of Cambridge Graduate Scholarship 2012.

Speaking engagements

Recent and forthcoming 

  • “Women and Inconstancy in Shelley’s ‘The Bride of Modern Italy’ and Valperga, The Year of Gothic Women Conference, University of Dundee, 29-31 August 2023. 
  • ‘Young Romantics: Romantic Localities’, public lecture at Keats House with Professor Nicholas Roe,18 May 2023.
  • ‘The Keats House Collections’, invited speaker at the Keats-Shelley House, Rome, 2 February 2023. 
  • ‘Shelley’s Beatrice Cenci as Romantic Heroine – Then and Now’, invited speaker at the P. B. Shelley’s Contemporaneity/ies conference, Bologna and Ravenna, 20-22 October 2022.
  •  ‘Teaching Gothic Women’, Roundtable at BARS/NASSR Conference ‘New Romanticisms’, Edge Hill University, 2-5 August 2022.
  • ‘Mary Shelley and a new History of a Six Weeks’ Tour (1817 in 2022)’, BARS/NASSR Conference ‘New Romanticisms’, Edge Hill University, 2-5 August 2022.
  • ‘The Shelleys in Lerici’, invited speaker at the Shelley200 public festival in Lerici, Italy, June 2022.
  •  ‘The Shelleys’, invited speaker at Research Seminar, Lancaster Words (online) 25 February, 2022.
  • ‘Mary Shelley, John Keats and Romantic Circles’, Keynote Address, The Keats Bicentenary Conference 2022, London, 20-22 May 2022.
  •  ‘Mary Shelley and Percy Bysshe Shelley as collaborators’, invited research talk at the Romanticism Research Seminar, Balliol College, University of Oxford, 9 November 2021.
  • Romantic interaction in London: Hazlitt, Keats and the Shelleys’, invited speaker at The Hazlitt Day School, London, September 2021.

Committees and reviewing

  • Reviewer of articles submitted for publication in The ESSE Messenger (2023). 
  • Reviewer of articles submitted for publication in The Keats-Shelley Review (2020).
  • Reviewer of articles submitted for publication in the European Romantic Review (2020).
  • Reviewer of papers submitted for publication in the American Journal of Political Science (2017).
  • Blog Editor/Communications Officer, British Association for Romantic Studies Executive Committee (2016-present).
  • Editor of the University of York poetry journal Eborakon (2015-2017). Assistant Editor and founding team member (2013-2015).


Romantic literature, in particular the writings of Mary Shelley and Percy Bysshe Shelley.