Prof Nick GROOM

Prof Nick GROOM

Full Professor


Nick studied at the University of Oxford; he was awarded a First Class BA Hons degree in English Language and Literature in 1988, an MA in 1992, and a DPhil in 1994.

Research Interests

Nick is an internationally acknowledged expert in four related fields:

  1. cultural formation and authenticity, including attribution studies and literary forgery (especially the poet Thomas Chatterton);
  2. national and regional identities (primarily UK, Irish, and Anglophone);
  3. cultural environmentalism and intangible cultural heritage (ICH), including folklore and ‘green well-being’; and
  4. historicist readings of the Gothic from earliest times to the present day – for which he is probably best known, especially in the media.

In addition, he has written on subjects such as culture and place, William Shakespeare, and J.R.R. Tolkien.

Courses Regularly Taught

MA Option: Nineteenth-Century Gothic Literature


Nick Groom joined the University of Macau in 2020 as Professor of Literature in English. He was previously Professor in English at the University of Exeter, has held visiting professorships at University of Chicago and Stanford University, and has also taught at the University of Bristol and the University of Oxford.

Professional Affiliations
  • Honorary Professor, University of Exeter
  • Honorary Research Fellow, Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health
  • Advisor, All-Party Parliamentary Flags and Heraldry Committee (UK government)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
Selected Publications

Nick has written or edited over 20 books, and is the author of more than 60 academic papers; his work has been translated into several languages, including Chinese, German, Indonesian, Italian, Spanish, and Vietnamese. His recent publications include:

Selected Publications: Books

  1. The Vampire: A New History (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2018), xix + 288pp.
  2. , Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus (1818 Text) (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018), lxxv + 226pp.
  3. , with Nicholas Allen and Jos Smith, Coastal Works: Cultures of the Atlantic Edge (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017), xiv + 320pp; co-wrote Introduction, 1-18, and chapter ‘Draining the Irish Sea: The Colonial Politics of Water’, 20-39.
  4. , Ann Radcliffe, The Italian, or The Confessional of the Black Penitents (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017), lv + 424pp.
  5. , Matthew Lewis, The Monk (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), liii + 357pp.
  6. , Horace Walpole, The Castle of Otranto (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014), li + 132pp.
  7. The Seasons: An Elegy for the Passing of the Year (London: Atlantic, 2013), 400pp.
  8. The Gothic: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012). xviii + 164pp.


Selected Publications: Papers

  1. ‘Hallowe’en and Valentine: The Culture of Saints’ Days in the English-Speaking World. The Thirty-Seventh Katharine Briggs Memorial Lecture, November 2017.’ Folklore 129 (2018), 331-352.
  2. Stephen Hinchliffe, Mark A. Jackson, Katrina Wyatt, Anne E. Barlow, Manuela Barreto, Linda Clare, Michael H. Depledge, Robin Durie, Lora E. Fleming, Nick Groom, Karyn Morrissey, Laura Salisbury, and Felicity Thomas, ‘Healthy Publics: Enabling Cultures and Environments for Health.’ Palgrave Communications, 4:57 (2018), 1-10 (doi:
  3. ‘Catachthonic Romanticism: Buried History, Deep Ruins.’ Romanticism, 24.2 (2018), 118-33.
  4. ‘Romanticism before 1789.’ The Oxford Handbook of British Romanticism, ed. David Duff (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018), 13-29.
  5. Dracula’s Prehistory: The Advent of the Vampire.’ The Cambridge Companion to Dracula, ed. Roger Luckhurst (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018), 11-25.
  6. ‘Rings and Flies: Tolkien and Golding, Lords of ’54.’ Critical Insights: Lord of the Flies, ed. Sarah Fredericks (Ipswich, Mass.: Grey House Publishing/Salem Press, forthcoming 2017), 175-87.
  7. ‘“Let’s discuss over country supper soon”: Rural Realities and Rustic Representations’, in Creating the Countryside: The Rural Idyll Past and Present, ed. Verity Elson and Rosemary Shirley (London: Paul Holberton Publishing, 2017), 49-60.
  8. ‘Plastic Daffodils: The Pastoral, the Picturesque, and Cultural Environmentalism.’ Climate Change and the Humanities: Historical, Philosophical and Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Contemporary Environmental Crisis, ed. James Cullis, Vinita Damodara, and Alex Elliott (Houndmills: PalgraveMacmillan, 2018), 117-139.
  9. ‘“The Celtic Century” and the Genesis of Scottish Gothic.’ Edinburgh Companion to the Scottish Gothic, ed. Carol Davison and Monica Germana (Edinburgh University Press, 2017), 14-27.
  10. ‘Otranto: Racconto per il Compleanno.’ Chi ha Paura di Horace Walpole? Da un Castello di Otranto all’altro, ed. and trans. Luigi Ballerini (Otranto: Stampato Presso, 2016), 11-28.
  11. ‘The Poet as “Fraud”.’ The Oxford Handbook of British Poetry, 1660-1800, ed. Jack Lynch (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), 227-46.