Prof Heidi Thomson

Adjunct Professor
School of English, Film, Theatre, Media and Communication, and Art History

Emeritus Professor
Vice-Chancellor's Office

School of English, Film, Theatre, Media and Communication, and Art History


Heidi Thomson is an Emeritus Professor of English Literature at Victoria University of Wellington. She works primarily on topics in British Romanticism and has published widely on the life and works of Thomas Gray, Maria Edgeworth, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and John Keats. Her book 'Coleridge and the Romantic Newspaper: The Morning Post and the Road to Dejection' appeared in 2016. She is the editor of Maria Edgeworth’s The Absentee, co-editor of Volume 5 of the Pickering and Chatto edition of Maria Edgeworth, a contributor to The Cambridge History of English Poetry, Keats in Context, and The Thomas Gray Archive. A native speaker of Dutch and fluent in French, she is also interested in multilingual and multicultural dimensions of Romanticism and poetry. She welcomes supervisions on topics and texts from the Age of Sensibility and Romanticism.


PhD University of Illinois

MA University of Illinois

Current Doctoral Supervisions

The Behaviour of Silence in Romantic Poetry

A History of Light Verse

Trust: A literary investigation into the influence of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis in the creative process of memoir

Selection of publications


Keats's Places (2018). . Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-92243-0

Thomson, H. (2016). Coleridge and the Romantic Newspaper: The 'Morning Post' and the Road to 'Dejection'. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-31978-0

Thomson, H. (2012). Romanticism (Vol. 18). Edinburgh, Scotland: University of Edinburgh Press. Retrieved from

Thomson, H., & Lauwereyns, J. (2012). DW B (Vol. 157). Leuven, Belgium: Dietsche Warande & Belfort. Retrieved from

The Cambridge History of English Poetry (2010). . Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/chol9780521883061

Scholarly editions

Thomson, H. (2006). The Absentee. London: Penguin Classics.

Thomson, H. (2000). The Absentee. Harmondsworth: Penguin Classics UK.

Thomson, H., & Walker, K. (1999). The Novels and Selected Works of Maria Edgeworth. London: Pickering and Chatto.

Further publications