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Professor Alan Downie

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PositionEmeritus Professor of English
Email a.downie (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7919 7447
Professor Alan Downie

BA (Hons), MLitt, PhD, University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Stott Fellow, University of Wales, 1975-7; Lecturer in English Literature, Leeds University, 1977-8; appointed Goldsmiths College, 1978.

Teaching

  • Detective Story to Crime Fiction
  • Engaging Poetry
  • Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature

Areas of supervision

  • The novel, especially between 1660 and 1820
  • Detective/crime fiction
  • Literature and politics between 1590 and 1832
  • Satire

Research Interests

My research interests range from literature and politics c. 1590 to c. 1832, including the history of the book, newspapers, and pamphlets to the early novel, and Defoe, Swift, and the Scriblerian satirists. I have recently published on Christopher Marlowe, Henry Fielding and Jane Austen. Currently, I am editing The Oxford Handbook of the Eighteenth-Century Novel.

Publications

Book

Jonathan Swift: Political Writer (Routledge Revivals)
Downie, Alan (J. A.) . 2015. Jonathan Swift: Political Writer (Routledge Revivals). London: Taylor and Francis. ISBN 978-1-13-881309-0

A Political Biography of Henry Fielding
Downie, Alan (J. A.) . 2009. A Political Biography of Henry Fielding. London, UK: Pickering & Chatto. ISBN 9781851969159

Robert Harley and the press: propaganda and public opinion in the age of Swift and Defoe
Downie, Alan (J. A.) . 2008. Robert Harley and the press: propaganda and public opinion in the age of Swift and Defoe. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521070744

Religious and Didactic Writings of Daniel Defoe: Volume 6
Downie, Alan (J. A.) . 2007. Religious and Didactic Writings of Daniel Defoe: Volume 6. Pickering & Chatto.

Public opinion and the political pamphlet
Downie, Alan (J. A.) . 2005. Public opinion and the political pamphlet. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0521781442

Public and Private: The Myth of the Bourgeois Public Sphere
Downie, Alan (J. A.) . 2005. Public and Private: The Myth of the Bourgeois Public Sphere. Blackwell. ISBN 1405101172

Religious and Didactic Writings of Daniel Defoe, Vol. 6: 'The Poor Man's Plea' (1698) and 'The Great Law of Subordination Consider'd' (1724)
Downie, Alan (J. A.) . 2005. Religious and Didactic Writings of Daniel Defoe, Vol. 6: 'The Poor Man's Plea' (1698) and 'The Great Law of Subordination Consider'd' (1724). Routledge. ISBN 978-1851967384

Political and Economic Writings of Daniel Defoe, Vol. 2: Party Politics
Downie, Alan (J. A.) . 2000. Political and Economic Writings of Daniel Defoe, Vol. 2: Party Politics. London: Pickering & Chatto.

Shakespeare: Hamlet
Downie, Alan (J. A.) . 1999. Shakespeare: Hamlet. London: Goldsmiths College. ISBN 978-0902986534

I'd Rather Be Reading Jane Austen: The Appeal of the Augustans
Downie, Alan (J. A.) . 1995. I'd Rather Be Reading Jane Austen: The Appeal of the Augustans. Goldsmiths, University of London. ISBN 978-0901542830

To Settle the Succession of the State: Literature and Politics, 1678-1750
Downie, Alan (J. A.) . 1994. To Settle the Succession of the State: Literature and Politics, 1678-1750. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-0333495971

Shakespeare: Amleto
Downie, Alan (J. A.) . 1991. Shakespeare: Amleto. Lindau.

Swift, Temple and the Du Cros Affair Part II: 'A Letter from Monsieur de Cros' (1693) and 'Reflections upon Two Pamphlets (1693)
Downie, Alan (J. A.) . 1987. Swift, Temple and the Du Cros Affair Part II: 'A Letter from Monsieur de Cros' (1693) and 'Reflections upon Two Pamphlets (1693). The Augustan Reprint Society.

Jonathan Swift, Political Writer
Downie, Alan (J. A.) . 1985. Jonathan Swift, Political Writer. Routledge. ISBN 978-0710207692

Edited Book

The Oxford Handbook of the Eighteenth-Century Novel
Downie, J. A., ed. 2016. The Oxford Handbook of the Eighteenth-Century Novel. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 970-0-19-956674-7

Henry Fielding In Our Time: Papers Presented at the Tercentenary Conference
Downie, Alan (J. A.) , ed. 2008. Henry Fielding In Our Time: Papers Presented at the Tercentenary Conference. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. ISBN 9781847189875

Constructing Christopher Marlowe
Downie, Alan (J. A.) and Parnell, Tim, eds. 2006. Constructing Christopher Marlowe. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0521030519

Constructing Christopher Marlowe
Parnell, Tim and Downie, Alan (J. A.) , eds. 2006. Constructing Christopher Marlowe. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0521030519

Telling People What to Think: Early-Eighteenth-Century Periodicals from 'The Review' to 'The Rambler'
Downie, Alan (J. A.) and Corns, Thomas N, eds. 1993. Telling People What to Think: Early-Eighteenth-Century Periodicals from 'The Review' to 'The Rambler'. Frank Cass. ISBN 978-0714645087

Book Section

Authorial Contexts: Connections between Fielding's Novels and His Legal and Journalistic Writing
Downie, Alan (J. A.) . 2015. Authorial Contexts: Connections between Fielding's Novels and His Legal and Journalistic Writing. In: Jennifer Preston Wilson and Elizabeth Kraft, eds. Approaches to Teaching the Novels of Henry Fielding. 139 New York: The Modern Language Association of America, pp. 48-53. ISBN 978-1-60329-223-8

Printing for the Author in the Long Eighteenth Century
Downie, Alan (J. A.) . 2013. Printing for the Author in the Long Eighteenth Century. In: Sandro Jung, ed. British Literature and Print Culture. 2013 London: Boydell & Brewer, pp. 58-77. ISBN 978-1-84384-343-6

The Topicality of A Tale of a Tub
Downie, Alan (J. A.) . 2013. The Topicality of A Tale of a Tub. In: Kirsten Juhas; Herman J Real and Sandra Simon, eds. Reading Swift: Papers from The Sixth Münster Symposium on Jonathan Swift. Munich: Wilhelm Fink, pp. 133-147. ISBN 978-3-7705-5430-0

The Topicality of A Tale of a Tub 2013
Downie, Alan (J. A.) . 2013. The Topicality of A Tale of a Tub 2013. In: Kirsten Juhas; Hermann J Real and Sandra Simon, eds. Reading Swift: Papers from the Fourth Münster Symposium on Jonathan Swift. Wilhelm Fink, pp. 133-148. ISBN 978-3770554300

Biographical Form in the Novel
Downie, Alan (J. A.) . 2012. Biographical Form in the Novel. In: Robert L. Caserio and Clement Hawes, eds. The Cambridge History of the English Novel. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 30-45. ISBN 978-0-251-19495-2

'Reviewing What We Think We Know about Christopher Marlowe, Again'
Downie, Alan (J. A.) . 2010. 'Reviewing What We Think We Know about Christopher Marlowe, Again'. In: Sarah K Scott and M L Stapleton, eds. Christopher Marlowe the Craftsman. Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate, pp. 33-46. ISBN 978-0754669838

Henry Fielding, Magistrate
Downie, Alan (J. A.) . 2008. Henry Fielding, Magistrate. In: , ed. Henry Fielding In Our Time: Papers Presented at the Tercentenary Conference. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 113-131. ISBN 9781847189875

“Gulliver’s Travels, the Contemporary Debate on the Financial Revolution, and the Bourgeois Public Sphere”
Downie, Alan (J. A.) . 2008. “Gulliver’s Travels, the Contemporary Debate on the Financial Revolution, and the Bourgeois Public Sphere”. In: , ed. Money, Power, and Print: Interdisciplinary Studies on the Financial Revolution in the British Isles. Newark, Delaware: University of Delaware Press, pp. 115-134. ISBN 978-0-87413-027-0

“Gulliver’s Fourth Voyage and Locke’s Essay concerning Human Understanding”
Downie, Alan (J. A.) . 2008. “Gulliver’s Fourth Voyage and Locke’s Essay concerning Human Understanding”. In: , ed. Reading Swift: Papers from the Fifth Münster Symposium on Jonathan Swift. Munich, Germany: Wilhelm Fink, pp. 453-464. ISBN 978-3-7705-4402-8

'Literature and Drama'
Downie, Alan (J. A.) . 2006. 'Literature and Drama'. In: H T Dickinson, ed. Eighteenth Century Britain (Blackwell Companions to British History). John Wiley & Sons; New Ed, pp. 329-343. ISBN 978-1405149631

'Marlowe: Facts and Fictions'
Downie, Alan (J. A.) . 2006. 'Marlowe: Facts and Fictions'. In: Tim Parnell, ed. Constructing Christopher Marlowe. Cambridge University Press, pp. 13-29. ISBN 978-0521030519

Public opinion and the political pamphlet
Downie, Alan (J. A.) . 2005. Public opinion and the political pamphlet. In: J. Richetti, ed. The Cambridge History of English Literature, 1660-1780. Cambridge University Press, pp. 549-571. ISBN 0521781442

Public and Private: The Myth of the Bourgeois Public Sphere
Downie, Alan (J. A.) . 2005. Public and Private: The Myth of the Bourgeois Public Sphere. In: C. Wall, ed. A Concise Companion to the Restoration and the Eighteenth Century. Blackwell, pp. 58-79. ISBN 1405101172

'The Political Significance of Gulliver's Travels'
Downie, Alan (J. A.) . 2002. 'The Political Significance of Gulliver's Travels'. In: Alberto J Riverio, ed. Jonathan Swift, 'Gulliver's Travels': A Norton Critical Edition. NY and London: W. W. Norton & Co, pp. 334-352. ISBN 978-0393957242

'New Wine in Old Bottles: The "New Historicism" and the Eighteenth Century'
Downie, Alan (J. A.) . 2001. 'New Wine in Old Bottles: The "New Historicism" and the Eighteenth Century'. In: Kevin Cope and Rudiger Ahrens, eds. Talking Forward, Talking Back: Critical Dialogues with the Enlightenment (AMS Studies in the Eighteenth-Century). AMS Press, pp. 265-279. ISBN 978-0404635350

'Johnson's Politics'
Downie, Alan (J. A.) . 2000. 'Johnson's Politics'. In: Paul J Korshin and Jack Lynch, eds. The Age of Johnson: A Scholarly Annual, Vol. 11. Ams Pr Inc, pp. 81-104. ISBN 978-0404627614

'Swift and Locke's Two Treatises of Government'
Downie, Alan (J. A.) . 1998. 'Swift and Locke's Two Treatises of Government'. In: Rudolf Freiburg; Arno Löffler; Wolfgang Zach and Jan Schnitker, eds. Swift: The enigmatic dean : Festschrift for Hermann Josef Real (Studies in English and comparative literature). Stauffenburg, pp. 27-34. ISBN 978-3860573129

Article

The Chronology of Mansfield Park
Downie, Alan (J. A.) . 2014. The Chronology of Mansfield Park. Modern Philology, 112(2), pp. 427-434. ISSN 0026-8232

Paying for Poetry at the Turn of the Eighteenth Century, with Particular Reference to Dryden, Pope, and Defoe
Downie, Alan (J. A.) . 2014. Paying for Poetry at the Turn of the Eighteenth Century, with Particular Reference to Dryden, Pope, and Defoe. Digital Defoe, 6(1), pp. 1-18. ISSN 1948-1802

Defoe's Birth
Downie, Alan (J. A.) . 2013. Defoe's Birth. The Scriblerian and the Kit-Cats, 45(2), pp. 225-230.

English Literature: Early Novelists, Historicism and the World Wide Web
Downie, Alan (J. A.) . 2011. English Literature: Early Novelists, Historicism and the World Wide Web. Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 34(4), pp. 471-478. ISSN 1754-0194

Disappointed Swift
Downie, Alan (J. A.) . 2011. Disappointed Swift. Eighteenth-Century Ireland, 26, pp. 11-23. ISSN 0790-7915

Rehabilitating Sir Thomas Bertram
Downie, Alan (J. A.) . 2010. Rehabilitating Sir Thomas Bertram. SEL Studies in English Literature, 50(4), pp. 739-758. ISSN 0039-3657

Periodicals, the Book Trade, and the 'Bourgeois Public Sphere'
Downie, Alan (J. A.) . 2008. Periodicals, the Book Trade, and the 'Bourgeois Public Sphere'. Media History, 14(3), pp. 261-274. ISSN 1368-8804

Marlowe, May 1593, and the 'Must-Have' Theory of Biography
Downie, Alan (J. A.) . 2007. Marlowe, May 1593, and the 'Must-Have' Theory of Biography. The Review of English Studies, 58(235), pp. 245-267. ISSN 0034-6551

Who Says She's a Bourgeois Writer? Reconsidering the Social and Political Contexts of Jane Austen's Novels
Downie, Alan (J. A.) . 2006. Who Says She's a Bourgeois Writer? Reconsidering the Social and Political Contexts of Jane Austen's Novels. Eighteenth-Century Studies, 40(1), pp. 69-84. ISSN 1086315X

'What if Delarivier Manley Did Not Write The Secret History of Queen Zarah?'
Downie, Alan (J. A.) . 2004. 'What if Delarivier Manley Did Not Write The Secret History of Queen Zarah?'. Library, 5(3), pp. 247-264. ISSN 0024-2160

How useful to eighteenth-century English studies is the paradigm of the 'bourgeois public sphere'?
Downie, Alan (J. A.) . 2003. How useful to eighteenth-century English studies is the paradigm of the 'bourgeois public sphere'? Literature-Compass, 1(18C 02), pp. 1-18.

'Mary Davys's "Probable Feign'd Stories" and Critical Shibboleths about "The Rise of the Novel"'
Downie, Alan (J. A.) . 2000. 'Mary Davys's "Probable Feign'd Stories" and Critical Shibboleths about "The Rise of the Novel"'. Eighteenth-Century Fiction, 12(2-3), pp. 309-326.

'Swift and Jacobitism'
Downie, Alan (J. A.) . 1997. 'Swift and Jacobitism'. ELH: English Literary History, 64(4), pp. 887-901. ISSN 0013-8304

'The Making of the English Novel'
Downie, Alan (J. A.) . 1997. 'The Making of the English Novel'. Eighteenth-Century Fiction, 9(3), pp. 249-266.

'Defoe's Early Writings'
Downie, Alan (J. A.) . 1995. 'Defoe's Early Writings'. The Review of English Studies, XLVI(182), pp. 225-230. ISSN 1471-6968