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Prof Brycchan Carey


Department: Humanities

Brycchan -Carey ,-Northumbria -Uni

I spent my childhood in the west of Cornwall before leaving in the mid-1980s without much of a life plan! After several years trying out various jobs including local radio and the wine trade, I returned to education to study English and History at Goldsmiths’ College, University of London, before specialising in eighteenth-century literature for my MA and PhD at Queen Mary, University of London. I taught at Kingston University London from 2001 where I became a Reader in 2006 and a Professor in 2013. I left Kingston to take up my current position as Professor of English at Northumbria in 2016.

I specialise in the literature and culture of the Atlantic world and I have published extensively on the cultures of slavery and abolition, colonial America, and discourses of science and exploration in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, especially natural history and the early life sciences. To help develop my scientific understanding, I took a BSc in Natural Sciences with the Open University, which concluded with an ecological study of seaweed species on the Northumberland coast!

I am active within the scholarly community and have been Conference Organiser, Treasurer, and, most recently, International Officer of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Chair of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (UK and Ireland), and President of the Literary London Society. You can find more information about my research and career, as well as many free resources for studying literature, slavery, and empire, on my website.

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Northumbria University
Lipman Building, Room 017
Newcastle upon Tyne


English Literature PhD June 12 2013

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Abolishing Cruelty: The Concurrent Growth of Antislavery and Animal Welfare Sentiment in British and Colonial Literature, Carey, B. 1 Jun 2020, In: Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies
  • Slavery and the Novel of Sentiment, Carey, B. 21 Mar 2019, The Sentimental Novel in the Eighteenth Century, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press
  • Literary Histories of the Early Anglophone Caribbean, Aljoe, N., Carey, B., Krise, T. 14 Apr 2018
  • Anthony Benezet, Antislavery Rhetoric and the Age of Sensibility, Carey, B. 6 Jan 2017, In: Quaker Studies
  • Olaudah Equiano, The Interesting Narrative, Carey, B. Dec 2017
  • ‘“A new discovery of a new world”: the Moon and America in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century European literature’, Carey, B. 20 Jan 2016, Literature in the Age of Celestial Discovery: From Copernicus to Flamsteed, Basingstoke, Macmillan
  • From Guinea to Guernsey and Cornwall to the Caribbean: Remembering Slavery in the Western English Channel, Carey, B. 27 Oct 2016, Britain’s Memory of Slavery: Local Nuances of a ‘National Sin’, Liverpool, Liverpool University Press
  • Deserted Village and Animated Nature: An Ecocritical Approach to Oliver Goldsmith, Carey, B. 18 Aug 2015, Voice and Context in Eighteenth-Century Verse: Order in Variety, Basingstoke, Macmillan
  • ‘The Poetics of Radical Abolitionism: Ann Yearsley’s Poem on the Inhumanity of the Slave Trade’, Carey, B. 1 Apr 2015, In: Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature
  • Quakers and Abolition, Carey, B., Plank, G. 25 May 2014

PGR Supervision

  • Jennifer Coleman Start: 01/10/2018
  • Jennifer Coleman Start: 01/10/2018


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