My Current Research

Pamela Clemit

William Godwin (1756-1836) was a protean figure of the English Enlightenment and a precursor of the modern social thinker. His most famous works are An Enquiry concerning Political Justice (1793), a foundational text of philosophical anarchism, and the novel Caleb Williams (1794). Political Justice was a focal point for English supporters of the French Revolution, and continues to engage and inspire scholars and political activists up to the present day. Godwin also wrote biographies, essays, works of educational theory, children’s books, and historiography. His first wife was Mary Wollstonecraft, the early advocate of women’s rights. Their daughter Mary grew up to marry Percy Bysshe Shelley, and to write Frankenstein (1818). Godwin is at the centre of my current work. I am the General Editor and the principal Volume Editor of the Oxford University Press edition of The Letters of William Godwin, 6 vols. (2011-). My research interests are in English literature of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, and they intersect with history, politics, and philosophy. Much of my research is archival. I have worked extensively on the Abinger Collection at the Bodleian Library and on the Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle at the New York Public Library.

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New Publication: ‘Chathill Station’, in Archipelago (1/27/2023) - Pamela Clemit has published an essay, ‘Chathill Station’, in Andrew McNeillie’s eco-literature magazine Archipelago, 2.2 (Spring 2023), pp. 152-61. The essay is a recollection of her early childhood years as a stationmaster’s daughter, and an elegy for a way of life that disappeared with the restructuring and privatisation of British Rail towards the end of … Continue reading New Publication: ‘Chathill Station’, in Archipelago
New Publication: ‘Reloading the British Romantic Canon: The Historical Editing of Literary Texts’ (1/3/2023) - An essay by Pamela Clemit, ‘Reloading the British Romantic Canon: The Historical Editing of Literary Texts’, has just been published in the Cambridge University Press volume, History in the Humanities and Social Sciences, edited by Richard Bourke and Quentin Skinner (pp. 306-28). The essay analyzes the historical recovery of Romantic-era literary texts through scholarly editing, … Continue reading New Publication: ‘Reloading the British Romantic Canon: The Historical Editing of Literary Texts’
New Post: Walking with the Romantics in the Idler (6/22/2021) - This piece by Pamela Clemit was first published in the Idler, No. 48 (February 2016), 58-61: Freedom of the Road: Walking with the Romantics Travelling on foot had a subversive edge in the age of the French Revolution. The educated classes aspired to the slow life and took to the road. They wanted to step off the social ladder, … Continue reading New Post: Walking with the Romantics in the Idler

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