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Professor Porscha Fermanis


Porscha Fermanis

School of English, Drama and Film
716 8530
University College Dublin, School of English Drama and Film, Newman Building Belfield Dublin 4


Prof. Fermanis completed her undergraduate degree in English and Law at the University of Western Australia, and her PhD in English at the University of Oxford. Her research interests are in Romantic poetry and poetics; the relationship between Romanticism and Enlightenment; historicism and historical fiction; nineteenth-century colonial book history; global Romanticisms and the history of globalisation; and settler fiction in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa . Prof. Fermanis's books include: 'John Keats and the Ideas of the Enlightenment' (Edinburgh, 2009); 'Rethinking British Romantic History' (Oxford, 2014; ed. with John Regan); 'Romanticism: A Literary and Cultural History' (Routledge, 2016; with Carmen Casaliggi); and 'Early Public Libraries and Colonial Citizenship in the British Southern Hemisphere' (Palgrave 2019; with Lara Atkin et al). Forthcoming books include: 'Wording the South: Nineteenth-Century Literary Culture and the British Southern Colonies' (Manchester, 2020; ed. with Sarah Comyn) and 'Romantic Pasts: History, Fiction, and Feeling in Britain and Ireland, 1770-1850' (Edinburgh 2020/2021). Prof. Fermanis is the Principal Investigator of a European Research Council-funded project on literary modernity in the southern hemisphere: and She is currently working on a monograph entitled: 'Southern Settler Fiction and the Transnational Imaginary, 1820-1890'. For further details, see:


  • VP for Research
    UCD, College of Arts and Humanities, Dublin, Ireland1 Sep 2014 - 31 Aug 2016


  • Permanent Lectureship
    University College Dublin1 Sep 2007
  • Head of Postgraduate Studies, School of English, Drama and Film
    University College Dublin1 Sep 2007
  • Temporary Lectureship
    University College Dublin1 Sep 2005 - 1 Aug 2006
  • Tutor in English Literature
    St. John's College Oxford1 Mar 2004 - 1 Jun 2004
  • Research Assistant
    University College Oxford1 Apr 2001 - 1 May 2001
  • Tutor in English Literature
    University of Western Australia1 Mar 1997 - 1 Nov 1997


  • Postdoctoral Fellow
    Irish Research Council1 Oct 2006 - 1 Sep 2007
  • Solicitor in Commercial Litigation Division
    Malleson Stephen Jaques (Sydney Office)1 Jan 1999 - 1 Sep 2000


  • BA
  • BL
  • PhD
    Oxford University UK