Lucy Johnson

Visiting Lecturer

Lucy completed her BA at the University of Chester and her MA at the University of Warwick.


BA (Hons) in English Literature (University of Chester).
MA in The Culture of the European Renaissance (University of Warwick).


Lucy is currently working on her PhD at the University of Chester under the supervision of Dr Sally West.  Her thesis examines representations of the ‘metaleptic echo’ in the writings of Mary Shelley and Percy Bysshe Shelley.


Lucy has taught on the following modules:

  • 2013-2014: EN7203 Research Methods
  • 2014-2016: EN4002 Approaches to Literature
  • 2014: EN6022 Nineteenth Century Literature and Culture
  • 2015-2016: EN4001 Studying Literature
  • 2017-18: EN4004 Poetry


Lucy’s thesis focuses on Mary Shelley and Percy Bysshe Shelley’s literary relationship, with emphasis on representations of the ‘metaleptic echo’ in their writings.  Her thesis argues that the ‘metaleptic echo’, or an image that alters as it is repeated between texts, represents a primary ideological preoccupation of both Shelleys as writers: the power of proliferation through destruction.  Her research emphasises the Shelleys’ ‘collaboration of ideas’ that begins with their shared journal and earliest love letters, and culminates in Mary Shelley’s Valperga and Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Prometheus Unbound.

Published work

‘Take me - one kiss - ': The Active Silence in the Shelleys' 1814 Love Letters’.

Romantic Textualities: Literature and Print Culture, 1780-1840, blog post, 20 April 2015.

(Under Review)

‘‘It seems to float ever – forever—’: The Dispersing Ocean in Valperga and Prometheus Unbound’, for Literature and the Sea, edited by Ben P. Robertson, Katona D. Weddle, Ekaterina V. Kobeleva, and Shannon Thompson (publication date to be confirmed).