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Research Associate (The Political Works of Richard Brinsley Sheridan) and Teaching Fellow

Do you have a research interest in the interconnection of eighteenth-century politics and culture? Would you like to join a team of researchers working to develop a scholarly edition of one of the most important parliamentarians of the Georgian era? 

Richard Brinsley Sheridan was a Member of Parliament for nearly thirty years. During that long career, he was regarded as one of the greatest orators the Commons had yet seen and a significant opposition voice. Sheridan’s talents ensured that newspapers printed lengthy extracts from his speeches, clearly aware that his verbal skills and political acuity made for good copy. Sheridan was therefore prominent not only in the House of Commons, but on the pages of the morning and evening papers. One of the most demanding episodes of Sheridan’s career was his prominent role in the impeachment of the former Governor of Bengal, Warren Hastings. Sheridan was an equally tenacious advocate of liberal causes, including parliamentary reform. Sheridan’s speeches now survive in many competing forms. Our aim is to discover, edit and publish the entirely of Sheridan career, culminating in The Political Works of Richard Brinsley Sheridan to be published by Oxford University Press. 

Your role will be to identify and collect speeches and other material; undertake textual collation of printed books, newspapers, and manuscripts; assist in the preparation of copy-text; compile contextual materials for the edition, and assist with the work of editorial checking and correction. In addition, the role will involve seminar teaching and lecturing on two undergraduate core modules, ‘Eighteenth-Century Literature’ and ‘Literature of the Romantic Period’.

You will have a doctorate in eighteenth-century British Literature with experience of working with eighteenth-century books, newspapers, and manuscripts. Knowledge of British politics and political culture, including parliamentary debates, during the period 1780-1816 is essential. 

In addition, this role will also provide you with the opportunity to participate in teaching, as a Teaching Fellow in the School. 

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Professor Robert W Jones

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 4747, email:

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Cultures
School/Institute:  School of English
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £33,199 to £39,609 p.a.
Working Time:  100%
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (from 1 September 2019 to 31 August 2020)
Release Date:  Friday 28 June 2019
Closing Date:  Friday 19 July 2019
Interview Date:  Tuesday 06 August 2019
Reference:  AHCEN1026
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  

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