- Mr William St Clair
- FBA, FRSL
- Position/Fellowship type:
- Senior Research Fellow
- Institute of English Studies
- Room 256 Senate House Malet Street London WC1E 7HU
- 0207 664 4877
- Email address:
Research Summary and Profile
- Research interests:
- Archaeology, Classics, English Literature, History of art, History of the book, Romanticism
- Europe, United Kingdom
- Publication Details
Date Details 01-Oct-2014 'Looking at the Acropolis from Modern Times to Antiquity'
Constantine Sandis, ed. Cultural Property Ethics, Open Book October 2014
30-May-2014 Review of The Parthenon Enigma by Joan Breton Connelly
Review of The Parthenon Enigma by Joan Breton Connelly, Times Literary Supplement (30 May 2014)
31-Jan-2014 Review of Aspects of Book Culture in Early Modern England
Review of Tim Birrell, Aspects of Book Culture in Early Modern England in Times Literary Supplement.
17-Jul-2013 Review of 'Byron's War' by Roderick Beaton
Review of 'Byron's War' by Roderick Beaton in Literary Review.
01-Sep-2012 'Imperial Decadence: The making of the myths in Edward Bulwer Lytton's Last Days of Pompeii'
2012 Article, with Annika Bautz, 'Imperial Decadence: The making of the myths in Edward Bulwer Lytton's Last Days of Pompeii', Victorian Literature and Culture, September 2012.
01-Jan-2011 "The Publication of William Godwin's Letters and Diaries" The Literary Review
01-Jan-2010 "History of the Book"
International Conference: Language, Culture and Society in Russian / English Studies, Senate House London.
01-Jan-2010 'Metaphors of Intellectual Property'
'Metaphors of Intellectual Property' in Privilege and Property. Essays on the History of Copyright, eds. Lionel Bently, Ronan Deazley & Martin Kretschmer (Open Book 2010).
01-Jan-2010 'At the Boundaries of the Reading Nation'
'At the Boundaries of the Reading Nation', in The History of Reading, edited by Shafquat Towheed, Rosalind Crone & Katherine Halsey (Routledge, 2010).
01-Jan-2010 Review of Lucia Patrizia Gunning, The British Consular Service in the Aegean and the Collection of Antiquities for the British Museum; in History Today
Review of Lucia Patrizia Gunning, The British Consular Service in the Aegean and the Collection of Antiquities for the British Museum; in History Today, July 2010, 62-63.
01-Jan-2010 'Taking care of Keats': Sue Brown, Joseph Severn, A Life, the Rewards of Friendship
'Taking care of Keats': Sue Brown, Joseph Severn, A Life, the Rewards of Friendship, in Literary Review, May 2010, 31-32.
01-Jan-2010 'With Feeling': Tim Blanning
'With Feeling': Tim Blanning, The Romantic Revolution, in Literary Review, September 2010, 26-7.
By such remarks, Romanticism, which started as a revolt against the empire of cant - a protest that the world did not fit the stories told about it - risks being co-opted as an ally of the currently modish attack on Enlightenment values, with its atavistic, reactionary agenda built on some fantasy of a pre-modern agrarian society, anti-science, anti-modernity, and ultimately anti-intellectual.'
01-Jan-2009 'Following up The Reading Nation'
'Following up The Reading Nation' in The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain, Volume VI, 1830-1914 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009).
01-Jan-2009 'Imperial Appropriations of the Parthenon'
'Imperial Appropriations of the Parthenon', in Imperialism, Art and Restitution , ed. John Henry Merryman (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006). Chinese translation published by Tongji University Press, 2009.
01-Jan-2008 Goethe's Faust and Coleridge.
A Review Essay', with Roger Paulin and Elinor Shaffer (London: Institute of English Studies, 2008)
01-Jan-2008 'Publishing, Authorship, and Reading'
'Publishing, Authorship, and Reading' in The Cambridge Companion to Fiction of the Romantic Period (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008).
01-Jan-2008 'The Spirit of his Age': Duncan Wu, William Hazlitt: The First Modern Man
'The Spirit of his Age': Duncan Wu, William Hazlitt: The First Modern Man, in Literary Review, November 2008, 9-10.
01-Jan-2006 The Grand Slave Emporium: Cape Coast Castle and the British Slave Trade
The Grand Slave Emporium: Cape Coast Castle and the British Slave Trade (London: Profile, 2006). Published in the U.S. as The Door of No Return, The History of Cape Coast Castle and the Transatlantic Slave Trade (New York, N.Y.: Bluebridge, 2007). Based on a huge archive of original documents previously scarcely explored.
01-Jan-2004 'Rivals for the Ruined Piles'
Review article that discusses Robin Middleton's edition of Julien-David Le Roy, The Ruins of the Most Beautiful Monuments in Greece (Getty Research Institute Texts & Documents Series, translation) and Stuart and Revett; in TLS no. 5302, 12 November 2004.
01-Jan-2004 'The Parthenon in 1687: New Sources '
'The Parthenon in 1687: New Sources' with Robert Picken, in The Parthenon and its Sculpture , ed. Michael Cosmopoulos (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004).
01-Jan-2002 Mapping Lives: The Uses of Biography
Mapping Lives: The Uses of Biography , eds. Peter France & William St Clair (Oxford: Oxford University Press for the British Academy 2002). Essays on the nature of biography commissioned as part of the centenary celebrations of the British Academy. William St. Clair's essay is 'The Biographer as Archaeologist.'
01-Jan-2002 Conduct Literature for Women, 1640-1710
Conduct Literature for Women, 1640-1710 , eds. William St Clair & Irmgard Maassen (6 Volumes) (London: Pickering and Chatto, 2002).
01-Jan-2000 Conduct Literature for Women, 1500-1640
Conduct Literature for Women, 1500-1640 , eds. William St Clair & Irmgard Maassen (6 Volumes) (London: Pickering and Chatto, 2000).
01-Jan-1998 Lord Elgin and the Marbles
Lord Elgin and the Marbles (London: Oxford University Press, 1967; 3rd Revised Edition, 1998). Translated into Italian, French and Greek.
The Political Economy of Reading
The Political Economy of Reading, John Coffin Memorial Lecture in the History of the Book (London: School of Advanced Study, 2005). An edited printed version was published in the Times Literary Supplement, no 5380, 12 May 2006.
- Relevant Events
Date Details 18-May-2015 Re-enlightenment programme 15-Oct-2014 'New Questions in a New Age'
Invited speaker at public meeting, Unesco Societies, Cerameikos Centre, Athens
06-Jun-2014 'Towards a Political Economy of Book Illustration'
Lecture at the British Academy. 6 June 2014.
01-Jun-2014 'New Questions in a New Age'
Acropolis Museum, Athens, Greece. June 2014.
01-Jun-2014 Reenlightenment Programme
Member of the committee, Reenlightenment Programme
15-May-2014 'Towards a Political Economy of Book Illustration'
Book History Research Group. Stationers' Hall, London. May 2014.
21-Mar-2014 Panel Discussion
Royal Society of Edinburgh
20-Mar-2014 'Towards a Political Economy of Book Illustration'
University of St Andrews
12-Mar-2014 'Towards a Political Economy of Book Illustration'
University College London. March 2014
04-Mar-2014 the byron that people saw
University of Abderdeen. 4 March 2014
14-Jan-2014 Radio Debate with Joan Breton Connelly
National Public Radio (USA)
24-May-2012 'Looking at the Acropolis from Modern Times to Antiquity.'
Gaisford Lecture. University of Oxford. 24 May 2012
30-Apr-2012 Interview on Fivebooks.com
Interview on fivebooks.com
08-Feb-2012 'Romantic biography, conveying personality, immediacy, and authenticity'
Huntington Library. February 2012.
02-Feb-2012 'Looking at the Athenian Acropolis: from modern times to antiquity'
21st Runciman Lecture. King's College London. 2 February 2012
01-Jan-2011 'The political economy of literature,'
Humboldt-Universität and Großbritannienzentrum July 2011
01-Jan-2011 Television, 2010. Sky Greece. Talking head in the 8 part series on the Greek Revolution, '1821.' Published in 2011 as DVD 01-Jan-2010 'Lessons from the long history of copyright'
A talk given at 'Copyrights and Wrongs', an event hosted by the British Academy, 27 October 2010.
01-Jan-2010 'The perils of "book history"
Perils of Print Culture Conference, Trinity College, Dublin, September 2010