Dr Laura McCormick Kilbride

BA English; M. Phil.



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Laura completed her doctorate at St John's College, Cambridge in October 2015, the same month that she was elected to a Research Fellowship at Peterhouse.


Laura grew up in York, where she attended All Saints RC secondary school. She was educated at Queens' College, Cambridge, where she studied for a BA in English, followed by the M.Phil in Criticism and Culture. In 2010 she began doctoral work at St. John's College, Cambridge, where she was the recipient of an AHRC grant and elected Benefactors' scholar. From 2011-2 she was a reader in italian language and literature at Collegio Ghislieri, University of Pavia. She was the 2013 Fellow in Pre-Raphaelite Studies, a joint fellowship from the University of Delaware Library and the Delaware Art Museum. In September 2014 she was elected to a fellowship at Murray Edwards College (formerly New Hall) where she was a College Teaching Officer in English and Director of Studies for Part I. In October 2015 she was elected Research Fellow at Peterhouse, Cambridge.

Roles and committees

College Teaching Associate in English 2017/18

Research interests

Aesthetics; The history, theory, and practice of literary criticism; The relationship between poetry and theology; Pre-raphaelitism; English poetry from 1789 to the present; Contemporary Poetry.

Laura's first book, Swinburne's Style: An Experiment in Verse History is forthcoming from Legenda in 2018-19.

Her current book project, ''The Church of Blake and Shelley': Poetry and Theology in the Long Nineteenth Century', investigates how the contested status of poetry in this period (some argue for the role of poetry in the spiritual renewal of the established church, while others regard poets as an alternative ecclesia) registers at the level of poetic technique.

She is a co-convener for The Theologies of Reading Seminar 2018-19, hosted at CRASSH, University of Cambridge: Theologies of Reading Seminar, 2018-19; CRASSH, University of Cambridge http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/programmes/theologies-of-reading

Laura has taught on the period 1830-1945 (Part 1, Paper 7A), and the following Part II papers of the Cambridge English Tripos: Paper 2 (Tragedy); Paper 9 (Lyric); Paper 10 (Special Period, 1847-1872). She has also enjoyed supervising the poetry component of Part II Paper 12 (Contemporary Writing in English). The majority of her teaching at Cambridge has involved preparing students for the examination in Practical Criticism and Critical Practice. (Part I Paper 1, Part II Paper 1). She has supervised dissertations on William Blake, Christina Rossetti, A.C. Swinburne, Water Pater and Matthew Arnold.



Swinburne's Style: An Experiment in Verse History (forthcoming from Legenda)

‘The New Catholic Left: Language, Liturgy and Literature in Slant Magazine, 1964-1970’, article. Renascence: Essays on Values in Literature 69, 3 (2017): 174-185.

''The Pre-Raphaelite School': Recent Approaches', Literature Compass, 12.11 (November 2015): 615-626 

''Rubbish' ?: Three Newly Extant Manuscripts of Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s ‘The Portrait’', ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes and Reviews, 27.4, (February 2015): 166-170 

'The Beast in The Space', Noesis 1, (Easter 2014): 31-37 

'From In the Square', The Chicago Review, 58.3/4, (Summer 2014): 221-226 

''Real Games with Books': On Anna Mendelssohn and Ezra Pound', News from Afar: Ezra Pound and Some Contemporary British Poetries, ed. Richard Parker (London, 2014: Shearsman), pp. 185-194 

'Going for Broke: Tom Raworth and Lyric,' The Cambridge Quarterly, 38.4 (2009): 368-387