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
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.
- Eighteenth and Nineteenth-century women writers
- Gothic Fiction
- Popular culture in the Romantic period
- Popular Fiction
- ENG2GOT: Gothic Literature
- ENG3NOV: The History of the Novel
- 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.
- 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
- Knowles, Claire. “Charlotte Dixon.” Irish Women Poets of the Romantic Period. Ed. Stephen Behrendt. Alexandria, VA: Alexander Street Press, 2008. http://asp6new.alexanderstreet.com/iwrp/
- Knowles, Claire. “Catherine Luby.” Irish Women Poets of the Romantic Period. Ed. Stephen Behrendt. Alexander Street Press, 2008. http://asp6new.alexanderstreet.com/iwrp/
- 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.
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.