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Estelle Sheehan

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Professor Estelle Sheehan was educated at Queen's University, Belfast, from which she graduated with a BA in English and Latin, and was the recipient of five university prizes (including prizes for first place in both English and Latin BA). She subsequently read for a PhD (under Michael McGann) on the Latin poetry of John Milton. Having taken the PGCE (with commendation) at Queen's, she taught Latin for one year in Sullivan Upper School, Holywood. In 1989-1990 she was the E.K. Chambers Student (in English Literature) at Corpus Christi College, Oxford (under the supervison of A.D. Nuttall). She was appointed to a Lectureship in Classics at Queen's in 1990, to a Senior Lectureship in Classics in 2000, to a Senior Lectureship in English in 2002, to a Readership in English in 2004 and in 2005 to the Chair of English and Neo-Latin Studies. She is married to Tony Sheehan, Humanities Computing Network Manager at Queen's (1990-2012).



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Education Portfolio:


ENG1001 English in Transition


ENG2062 Eighteenth-century and Romantic Literature


ENG3088 Milton and the Classical Tradition

ENH3006 Mock Epic in the Long Eighteenth Century

MA (Modern Literary Studies)

ENG7061 Modernity and Its Discontents

ENG7062 Georgic Transformations in Eighteenth-century Poetry and Culture

ENG7162 Milton Among the Moderns: Paradise Lost and its Afterlives in the 'Long Eighteenth Century.'

Research Statement

Professor Estelle Sheehan's research portfolio is informed by her expertise as a Miltonist and more broadly by her interest in the English and neo-Latin poetry of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries (in particular the Latin poetry of English poets). She also works on the reception of the classics in all periods.

Research Portfolio:

Publishing under her maiden name, Estelle Haan is the author or editor of thirteen books including From Academia to Amicitia: Milton's Latin Writings and the Italian Academies (American Philosophical Society, 1998); Thomas Gray's Latin Poetry: Some Classical, Neo-Latin and Vernacular Contexts (Collection Latomus, Brussels, 2000); Andrew Marvell's Latin Poetry: From Text to Context (Collection Latomus, Brussels, 2003), Vergilius Redivivus: Studies in Joseph Addison's Latin Poetry (American Philosophical Society, 2005); Classical Romantic: Identity in the Latin Poetry of Vincent Bourne (American Philosophical Society, 2007), Sporting with the Classics: The Latin Poetry of William Dillingham (American Philosophical Society, 2010), Both English and Latin: Bilingualism and Biculturalism in Milton's Neo-Latin Writings (American Philosophical Society, 2012), and The Latin and Greek Poetry of John Milton (Oxford University Press, 2014). Her Miltonic interests are further reflected in her elected membership of the Editorial Boards of Milton Studies and Milton Quarterly, in her contribution (of eighteen articles) to the Milton Encyclopaedia (ed. T.N. Corns, Yale University Press, 2012), and in a stream of articles and chapters including '"Both English and Latin": Milton's Bilingual Muse', Renaissance Studies 21.5 (November 2007), 679-700, and two commissioned chapters (one on Milton's Defensio Prima and another on Milton's Latin poetry) in The Oxford Handbook of Milton, eds. N. McDowell and N. Smith (OUP, 2009), winner of the Irene Samuel Memorial Award of the Milton Society of America. She has recently completed six commisioned chapters: 'Neo-Latin Writing in  the British Isles' for The Oxford Handbook of Neo-Latin, eds. S. Knight and S. Tilg; 'Neo-Latin Pastoral: Milton's Epitaphium Damonis and Petrarchan Self-Fashioning' for The Cambridge Guide to Neo-Latin, ed. V. Moul (Cambridge University Press); two chapters (entitled respectively '"Translated Verse" Milton's Latin Poetry in the Long Eighteenth Century', and '"Latinising" Milton: Paradise Lost, Latinitas, and the Long Eighteenth Century') for Milton in Translation: Theory and Practice, eds. J. Olson, A. Duran and I. Issa (Oxford University Press); '''Words" Enough and Time: Marvell's Latin Poetry and the Art of Punning' for The Oxford Handbook of Marvell, eds. M. Dzelzainis and E. Holberton, and 'Coelum non animum muto?: Milton's Neo-Latin Poetry and Catholic Italy' for Milton and Catholicism, eds. T.N. Corns and R. Corthell (The University of Notre Dame Press), and is writing a further chapter entitled 'Linguistic and Textual Itineraries; England, Neo-Latin, and the Continental Journey' for Political Turmoil: Early Modern British Literature in Transition, 1623-1660, ed. S.K. Dobranski for Cambridge University Press. She has recently completed a scholarly edition of Milton's Epistolae Familiares which will appear as Volume XI of The Complete Works of John Milton (Oxford University Press).  She has served as Consultant Advisor to the International Advisory Board for a major AHRC-funded three-year research project 'Bridging the Continental Divide' (based in the University of Glasgow), which has resulted in the publication of an electronic edition of the Delitiae Poetarum Scotorum (1637), the largest anthology of Scottish neo-Latin ever produced. She has recently commenced an authored book: Surprised by Syntax: Reading the Latinity of Paradise Lost, and a monograph  entitled 'That Puissant City': John Milton's Roman Sojourns 1638-1639. Among her future research plans is an authored book  on Milton's Latin poetry, and a monograph on the reception and appropriation of Virgil's Georgics in English poetry of the Long Eighteenth Century.


Estelle Sheehan's education portfolio embraces English literature of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. She is also interested in the classical tradition in English literature of all periods. She teaches on Stage 1; Stage 2 (a module in Eighteenth-Century/Romantic Literature); Stage 3 (a module on Milton and the Classical Tradition; a module on mock epic in the 'long eighteenth century'); MA Modern Literary Studes (modules on Milton Among the Moderns: Paradise Lost and its Afterlives in the 'Long Eighteenth Century'; Georgic Transformations in Eighteenth-century Poetry and Culture).

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  • Philological Quarterly

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  • Modern Language Review

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  • Milton Quarterly

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