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Professor Robert Mayhew

Professor Robert Mayhew

Professor Robert Mayhew
B.A., D.Phil.(Oxon.), Ph.D.(Cantab.)

Professor of Historical Geography and Intellectual History

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Office 2.19n
University Road,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1SS
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Tel. +44 (0) 117 331 7307

Research summary

My main areas of research interest to date have been twofold. First, deriving from my doctoral work in Oxford, I am interested in the ways in which landscape was represented in English literature. I have sought to show in a number of articles the extent to which landscape was a theological category in eighteenth century thought. This work has led me to write about a range of canonical authors in the “long” eighteenth century including Addison, Pope, Fielding, Gilpin and Radcliffe.My main focus, however, has been on the work of Samuel Johnson, and this has resulted in a monograph ...

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I was an undergraduate and graduate student in the School of Geography at the University of Oxford, a (then) wonderful place which tolerated my eccentricities, whilst the good offices of my tutors at Hertford College and especially Jack Langton at St John's College downright encouraged me to think and pursue my interests wherever they might lead me. “Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive,/ But to be young was very heaven.”

I then held a British Academy research fellowship at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, another centre of spirited and independent thought long associated with a scholarly ...

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