Dr Uttara Natarajan

Staff details

Position Reader in English Literature
Email u.natarajan (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 7919 7435
Dr Uttara Natarajan

Academic qualifications

  • B.Sc. Mathematics, University of Madras, 1986
  • BA (Hons), Cambridge University, 1988
  • M.Phil, English Romantic Studies, Oxford University, 1991
  • D.Phil., Oxford University, 1995
  • Research Fellow, University of Liverpool, 1996-99 


Dr Uttara Natarajan currently convenes ‘Literary London, c. 1800-1900'.  She also teaches on 'Literature of the Victorian Period', 'Sensibility and Romanticism' and 'Shakespeare'.

She was appointed at Goldsmiths in 1999.


Research Interests

My research interests are primarily in the area of Romantic and Victorian literature, especially non-fictional prose and the history of ideas. I have a particular expertise in the writings of the early nineteenth-century critic, William Hazlitt.  I am currently studying the transmission of Romantic models in Victorian aesthetics and criticism, and have published on Hazlitt, Keats, Shelley, Ruskin, Dickens, and Pater.  Another (unrelated) area of study is south Indian culture and caste politics.

Areas of supervision

Uttara is interested in supervising doctoral projects in any aspect of Romantic  or Victorian literature.  She currently supervises doctoral research on the Brontës, on Golden Age detective fiction, and on the contemporary novelist, Elena Ferrante. ' 



Natarajan, Uttara . 2015. The Connell Guide to Charles Dickens's Hard Times. London: Connell Guides Publishing. ISBN 9781907776281

Natarajan, Uttara . 1998. Hazlitt and the Reach of Sense. Oxford: Clarendon Press. ISBN 978-0198184379

Edited Book

Natarajan, Uttara ; Paulin, Tom and Wu, Duncan, eds. 2015. Metaphysical Hazlitt: Bicentenary Essays. London: Routledge. ISBN 978-1138010253

Natarajan, Uttara , ed. 2007. The Romantic Poets: A Guide to Criticism. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-0631229315

Natarajan, Uttara , ed. 2007. Plain Speaking: A Sudra’s Story. Delhi: Permanent Black. ISBN 978-8178241814

Book Section

Natarajan, Uttara . 2010. William Hazlitt. In: Adrian Poole, ed. Great Shakespeareans, Volume IV: Lamb, Hazlitt, Keats. 4 London: Continuum, pp. 64-108. ISBN 9780826424365

Natarajan, Uttara . 2005. Circle of Sympathy: Shelley's Hazlitt. In: Uttara Natarajan; Tom Paulin and Duncan Wu, eds. Metaphysical Hazlitt: Bicentenary Essays. Oxon: Routledge, pp. 111-122. ISBN 9781138010253


Natarajan, Uttara . 2020. Ordinary Styles: Dickens's Realism and the Romantic Essayists. SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, 60(4), ISSN 0039-3657

Natarajan, Uttara . 2017. Ruskin on Imagination: A Via Negativa. Philological Quarterly, 96(3), pp. 373-394. ISSN 0031-7977

Natarajan, Uttara . 2012. The Spirit of His Age: Hazlitt and Pater on Lamb. Nineteenth-Century Literature, 66(4), pp. 449-64. ISSN 0891-9356

Natarajan, Uttara . 2009. Hazlitt's Common Sense. Nineteenth-Century Prose, 36(1), pp. 13-26. ISSN 1052-0406

Natarajan, Uttara . 2006. Pater and the genealogy of Hardy's modernity. SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, 46(4), pp. 849-61. ISSN 1522 9270

Natarajan, Uttara . 2003. The veil of familiarity: Romantic philosophy and the familiar essay. Studies in Romanticism, 42(1), pp. 27-44. ISSN 00393762