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Dr Elsa Hammond

BA DPhil Oxf, MA Durh


Elsa teaches widely, from Shakespeare to the long nineteenth century. At St Hilda's College, Elsa teaches FHS English Paper 4 (1660-1760) and FHS English Paper 5 (1760-1830). Before coming to St Hilda's, she taught at the University of Bristol.

Elsa's primary research interest is the way that Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Alfred Tennyson engage with cultural and scientific histories of breath and breathing. Broad research interests include literature of the long nineteenth century, Romantic afterlives, elegy, and literature and the sea.

Over the last three years she has edited a trilogy of poetry anthologies for SciPo, an international network exploring the creative common ground between poetry and science, which she co-organises. She is also an award-winning travel writer.

Selected publications:

2021 Angled by the Flood: Poems about the Sea (SciPo, 2021). Editor.

2020 A Hatchery of Shadows: Poems about Plants, Brain and Imagination (SciPo, 2020). Editor.

2019 Haunted by Cycles of Return: Poems about Climate Change (SciPo, 2019). Editor.

2019 ‘Wordsworth, Coleridge, and the health of air’, Essays in Romanticism, 26.2

2015 The Wild Guide to Southern and Eastern England (co-author) (Wild Things Publishing, 2015)


  • Lecturer in English


  • English