Professor Michael Franklin
Chair
English Literature & Creative Writing
Telephone: (01792) 604301

Michael Franklin was a medievalist in a former life by the muddy banks of the Ouse, but he now lingers by the perfumed Yamuna. Since editing Sir William Jones: Selected Poetical and Prose Works (1995) and writing the critical biography Sir William Jones (1995), he has been investigating colonial representations of India and their various interfaces with Romanticism, He has edited Representing India: Indian Culture and Imperial Control (2000), and The European Discovery of India: Key Indological Sources of Romanticism 6 vols (2001): and authored a series of articles on the Hastings circle which forms the current focus of his research. He also published the well-received Romantic Representations of British India, ed. Michael J. Franklin, (London: Routledge, 2006); and Phebe Gibbes, Hartly House, Calcutta, ed. Michael J. Franklin (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2007).

At the invitation of Professor Malabika Sarkar he gave plenary lectures at the Annual International Conference on Romanticism at Jadavpur University in Kolkata. Following this and at the invitation of Professor Surya Pandey, he gave plenary lectures at a conference at the Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi in February 2006.

He was accorded the honour of being invited by Professor Ashok Bhattacharyya to address The Asiatic Society in Calcutta on 2 February 2006 on the subject of Sir William Jones and pluralism. This paper has been published as ‘Pluralism Celebrated and Desecrated: A Mughal and British Imperial ‘Romantic’ Legacy’, The Journal of the Asiatic Society, 48: 2 (2006), 69-90.

He has written a variety of articles on subjects as diverse as the Celtic Revival, the Oriental Renaissance, ‘Indianism’, Phoenicianism, Piozzi, Gagnier, Gibbes, Britanus, Brutus and Iolo, the brahmachari and the missionary, hand-fasting, turdidae, and asses. He has been recently working on a major new critical biography of Sir William Jones, the foremost Orientalist of the eighteenth century and one of the greatest intellectual navigators of all time.

Areas of Expertise

  • Representations of India and Indo-Persian Culture
  • Sir William Jones
  • Bluestockings

Publications

  1. 'The Transcultural Commerce of Sir William Jones: Translating and Transplanting Oriental Beauties'. In (pp. 211-234). London and Lanham, Maryland: Bucknall University Press Co-published by Rowman & Littlefield.
  2. “Harmonious” Jones and “Honest John” Shore: Contrasting Responses of Garden Reach Neighbors to the Experience of India. European Romantic Review 27(2), 119-142.
  3. ‘Thrale’s Entire’: Hester Lynch Thrale and the Anchor Brewery, Southwark’, in Bluestockings Now! The Evolution of a Social Role, ed Deborah Heller. In Deborah Heller (Ed.), Farnham: Ashgate.
  4. Entry on George Forster (1752–1791),traveller, writer, and diplomatist [1940 words]. In Encyclopaedia Iranica. Columbia: Columbia University.
  5. '“Who is Kailyal, what is she?” Subcontinental and Metropolitan Reader Responses to The Curse of Kehama and its Heroine'. European Romantic Review 25(4), 443-462

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Supervision

  • Epistolary Culture and Literary Criticism in the Correspondence of Catherine Talbot,Elizabeth Carter and Elizabeth Montagu. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Caroline Franklin
    Other supervisor: Prof Michael Franklin
  • Representations of Prostitution in Mary Wollstonecraft's The Wrongs of Woman or Maria, A Fragment (1798) Mary Hay's The Victim of Prejudices (1799) and Mary Robinson's The Natural Daughter (1799) (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Caroline Franklin
    Other supervisor: Prof Michael Franklin
  • Sir William Jones and Oriental Mysticism. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Michael Franklin
    Other supervisor: Prof Caroline Franklin
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Anne Lauppe-Dunbar
    Other supervisor: Prof Michael Franklin