Dr Claire

Dr Claire Knowles


College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

Humanities and Social Sciences

Bendigo: Arts 2.21 and Melbourne: HU2 Rm 506, Bendigo


BA Hons (Melbourne), PhD (Melbourne).



Membership of professional associations

North American Society for the Study of Romanticism. Keats-Shelley Association of America. Romantic Studies Association of Australia.

Area of study

Creative Arts

Brief profile

Claire received her PhD from the University of Melbourne, and taught there and at the University of Tasmania before taking up her position at La Trobe University in 2009. She has published numerous articles on female writers in the Romantic era, and her book, Sensibility and Female Poetic Tradition, 1780-1860, was published by Ashgate in 2009.

Research interests

Literary Studies

- Eighteenth and Nineteenth-century women writers

- Gothic Fiction

- Popular culture in the Romantic period

- Popular Fiction

Teaching units

  • ENG2GOT: Gothic Literature
  • ENG3NOV: The History of the Novel

Recent publications


  • Knowles, Claire. Sensibility and Female Poetic Tradition, 1780-1860: The Legacy of Charlotte Smith. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009.


  • Knowles, Claire and Ingrid Horrocks (eds.) Charlotte Smith: The Major Poems. Ontario: Broadview Press (forthcoming, 2016).


  • Knowles, Claire. "Hazarding the Press: Charlotte Smith, The Morning Post, and the Perils of Literary Celebrity." Romanticism 20:1 (2014): 30-42.
  • Knowles, Claire. "Celebrity, Femininity and Masquerade: Reading Letitia Landon's Romance and Reality." European Romantic Review 23:2 (2012): 247-263. 
  • Knowles, Claire. Ann Yearsley, Biography and the “Pow’rs of Sensibility Untaught!”, Women’s Writing 17:1 (May 2010): 166-184.
  • Knowles, Claire. “Poetry, Fame and Scandal: The Cases of Byron and Landon.” Literature Compass 4:4 (2007): 1109-1121.
  • Knowles, Claire. “Female Poetic Tradition in the Regency Period: Susan Evance and the Evolution of Sentimentality.” Keats-Shelley Journal 55 (2006): 199-225.

Book Chapter

  • Knowles, Claire. “Sensibility Gone Mad: Or, Drusilla, Buffy and the (D)evolution of the Heroine of Sensibility.” Postfeminist Gothic: Critical Interventions in Contemporary Culture. Eds. Benjamin A Brabon and Stéphanie Genz. Houndsmills: Palgrave, 2007. 140-153.

Essays in Online Edition

Book Reviews

  • Knowles, Claire. Rev. of Jacqueline Labbe, Writing Romanticism: Charlotte Smith and William Wordsworth, 1784-1807 and Daniel P. Watkins, Anna Letitia Barbauld and 18th-Century Visionary Poetics. European Romantic Review 25:1 (2014): 81-86.
  • Knowles Claire. Rev. of Diane Long Hoeveler, Gothic Riffs: Secularising the Uncanny in the European Imaginary, 1780-1820. Nineteenth-Century Contexts 34:1 (Feb. 2012): 63-66.


Research projects

Claire is currently working on an edition of Charlotte Smith’s major poems with Ingrid Horrocks (Massey University). She is also working on two large research projects. The first is a book-length study of Letitia Landon and Romantic celebrity culture and the second is the first extended examination of the history of the Della Cruscans, a much maligned Romantic literary coterie.