Mark Barr

Chair of English
Faculty of Arts

Faculty Member Information


The focus of my teaching and research is on British Romanticism, specifically the work of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Blake. Given my prior background as a practicing lawyer, I am especially interested in how these (and other Romantic writers) create a forum for justice in literature that pulls against and opposes the often-repressive judicial system of the 1790s and early 19th Century. My secondary interest is in fantastic literature, both its historical development and its range of modern manifestations in various media (including gaming and the graphic novel). However, these two areas of specialization are just a part of my broader love of the entire English literary tradition, the passion for which I look forward to sharing with my students each and every day.