Robert Irvine

Reader in Scottish Literature


Bob Irvine holds an Honours MA in English and Philosophy from the University of Aberdeen, and a PhD from Edinburgh. He taught at Brunel University in London before returning to his current post in 1999.

Postgraduate teaching

My ongoing commitment in this area is to organising and teaching on our taught MSc programme, 'Literature and Society 1688-1900'. I am always happy to give advice on PhD proposals in my area of interest: see under 'Research'.

Research summary

Dr Irvine’s doctoral thesis was on gender and genre in the novels of Walter Scott, looking at Scott’s creative engagement, in his fiction, with the female-authored domestic novel of his time.

His current interests lie in the relation between literature (particularly fiction) and political ideas (particularly ‘liberal’ ones, broadly conceived) from the late seventeenth century to the end of the nineteenth; and especially in Scottish writers in this period.

Dr Irvine welcomes research proposals in any area that overlaps with the above.

Project activity

Dr Irvine is in the early stages of two scholarly editions: of The Lord of the Isles (1815) by Walter Scott, for the new AHRC-funded Edinburgh Edition of Scott's Poetry; and of The Member and The Radical (both 1832) by John Galt, for the Edinburgh University Press edition of Galt's works

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