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Professor Isobel Armstrong

Isobel Armstrong is a fellow of the British Academy, Senior Research Fellow of the Institute of English Studies and Professor Emeritus of what is now the Geoffrey Tillotson Chair.

During her time at Birkbeck, continuing the powerful tradition of nineteenth-century studies established by Geoffrey Tillotson, Barbara Hardy and Michael Slater, she founded the London seminar for Nineteenth-Century Studies and the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies (of whose committee she is still a member). She has published widely on nineteenth-century studies (in particular Victorian Poetry: Poetry, Poetics and Politics, 1996) and theory (see The Radical Aesthetic, 2000). Her latest book, Victorian Glassworlds. Glass Culture and the Imagination (2008) won the Modern Language Association's James Russell Lowell Prize in 2009. She gave the British Academy Warton Lecture on Poetry in 2011. She is working on a study of the nineteenth-century novel and the democratic imagination. During retirement she has taught at the universities of Harvard and Johns Hopkins and spoken at international conferences. She is a published poet.

Isobel has recently been elected to the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS).

You can read the college oration for Professor Isobel Armstrong here.