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About Dr Sally West

Sally is Senior Lecturer in English  and completed her BA, MA and PhD at the University of Liverpool. She joined the University of Chester in 2006.


Sally has taught modules in English literature from the Renaissance to the present day. She specialises in nineteenth-century literature, especially Romanticism, and in crime fiction. Undergraduate modules she currently teaches on include:

  • Studying Literature
  • Romantic Literature
  • Comparative Literature
  • Crime Fiction

She also teaches on several modules on the Department's MA in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture.

Postgraduate supervision:

She welcomes enquiries about research projects on:

  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • Crime fiction, especially Sherlock Holmes and ‘golden-age' detective fiction



Sally's research interests are in Romantic literature and crime fiction. She has presented a number of papers on poetic influence in the Romantic period. She is currently working on Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories in the context fin-de-siècle literature and culture and on Mary Wollstonecraft's influence on the poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley.


Published Work

Recent publications:

  • Coleridge and Shelley: Textual Engagement (Ashgate, 2007).
  • ‘The Limits of "Perfect Solipsism": Bloom's Map and the Origins of Shelley's Dejection', inReading, Writing and the Influence of Harold Bloom, ed. Alan Rawes and Jonathon Shears (Manchester University Press, 2010).



BA, MA, PhD, PGC Learning and Teaching (HE), FHEA.