Leo Shipp



College: College of Humanities
Discipline: History
Department: Humanities

I am a third-year PhD candidate at the University of Exeter, funded by the South, West & Wales Doctoral Training Partnership. My research is on 'The Poets Laureate of the Long Eighteenth Century', or - perhaps - 'The Poet Laureates of the Long Eighteenth Century', depending on whether the poets, or their laureatedness, should be pluralized. (Or pluralised.) My definition of 'the Long Eighteenth Century' currently stretches from 1668 to 1813, which comprises a relevant, coherent episode in the history of the laureateship; but generally speaking I am keen to expand the frontiers (indeed the longness) of the long eighteenth century. The seventeenth century, which is barely a century at all, seems ripe for the taking. The nineteenth is more foreboding, but by no means insurmountable; Victoria's accession is a prominent landmark against which the frontiers of our periodization may be shunted. My attitude to disciplines is as clumsily belligerent as my attitude to periods. I work with both History and English scholarship (conventionally defined), and find that, in general, 'interdisciplinarity' means having both more books to read, and less sympathy with any of them.

Last year I served as the editor of Exeter University's postgraduate history journal, Ex Historia, and have had a book review published in the 2017 edition. I have attended conferences far and wide, and carried out archival research in such exotic farflung locations as Maidstone and Northallerton.

I received a First Class BA (Hons) from the University of Southampton, and was awarded that university's Allan Merson Prize for achieving the highest marks in my year group, following which I received an MA (disHons) in Early Modern History from Durham University. My BA dissertation was on the 1813 selection of first Walter Scott, then Robert Southey, as poet laureate; and my MA dissertation was on the poet laureateship of the later Stuart period. I am starting to detect a pattern in my research and am curious to follow it further.