Nicky Lloyd

Dr Nicky Lloyd is Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Centre for Editorial and Intertextual Research, currently working on the AHRC-funded project Lost Visions: Retrieving the Visual Element of Printed Books from the Nineteenth Century. She completed her PhD, entitled ‘Sensibility, Enlightenment and Romanticism in British Fiction, 1789–1820’ at Cardiff University in January 2014. She is also Associate Editor of the online journal, Romantic Textualities: Literature and Print Culture, 1780–1840, and is currently preparing a number of publications relating to Romantic literature, the gothic and national identity.


Nicky’s thesis examined the impact of sensibility on the development of the novel in the late Romantic period. Countering the notion of the ‘crisis’ and ultimate failure of sentiment as a model for social cohesion in the 1790s, it considered the ways in which Enlightenment models of sympathy and sensibility influenced the formal transformation of the novel that took place in the early 19th century.

She is currently preparing a new edition of Mary Julia Young’s Scottish gothic novel, Donalda; or, the Witches of Glenshiel (1805), to be published by the Udolpho Press. Nicky has recently completed an article on Walter Scott, sympathy and the picturesque, and is finishing off an article on the use of canals in representing Ireland and China in Romantic fiction. This will itself will flow into a new monograph project that will focus on Romantic geography, environment and place, by considering the implications of the relationship between geographical landscapes, human transport networks and the moral-philosophic discourse of sympathy in constructions of national identity during the era. She is also collaborating with Anthony Mandal and Franz Potter on a 230,000-word reference work, The Palgrave Guide to Gothic Publishing: The Business of Gothic Fiction, 1764–1835, due for completion in summer 2015.


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