Professor Daniel Karlin is Winterstoke Professor of English Literature at the University of Bristol. His primary field of research is Victorian poetry, especially the work of Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Other research interests include 19th-century American literature and the work of Rudyard Kipling, Marcel Proust and Bob Dylan.
Q. What projects are you currently working on?
I've just completed a book on the 'figure of the singer' in English poetry which will be published in 2012. I am also engaged on a long-running scholarly edition of Robert Browning's poems, volume 4, also to be published next year.
Q. What first attracted you to studying the Arts?
The memory of my father reading poetry to me when I was a child.
Q. How did you come to work in the Arts as a career?
I had a talent for it, and was lucky to find support for that talent at school and university from dedicated teachers and generous institutions.
Q. What advice do you have for anyone thinking about studying in the Arts?
Don't do it for the reward!
Q. If you could be any fictional character, who would you be and why?
The nightingale from Keat's Ode, free from the spectacle of human suffering.