Dr Erin Lafford

Dr Erin Lafford

Before coming to Oxford, I studied at the University of Warwick (BA Hons) and the University of Glasgow (MLitt). I completed my doctorate (on ‘Forms of Health in John Clare’s Poetics’) at Oxford in 2016, and came to teach at St Peter’s in 2017.


I currently teach Paper 5: Literature in English 1760-1830 to second-year undergraduates at St Peter’s and across other Oxford colleges, and supervise third-year dissertations on specialist subjects. I also organise tutorials for Visiting Students taking English literature at St Peter’s.


My main research interests are the poetry of John Clare, eighteenth- and nineteenth-century poetry and aesthetics, and the medical and environmental humanities. I also pursue interests in sound and voice in literature, lyric theory, and poetry and poetics of all periods. My current research projects explore Romantic period literature in light of its relationship to aesthetics and medical and environmental thought. My doctoral thesis considered the centrality of health to John Clare’s poetics, and I have also recently begun working on a new project that explores the relationship between aesthetics and ecology in relation to ideas of ‘atmosphere’ and contagion in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature.

I have published articles in The John Clare Society Journal, Literature and Theology, and Literature Compass, as well as review articles in Romanticism, The John Clare Society Journal and for The British Society of Literature and Science. I currently have two articles on Clare under review at Romanticism and the European Romantic Review.