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Dr Peter Howell

Programme Director - English

About Research

Peter joined St Mary's in 2001, having previously taught at the University of Southampton, Royal Holloway and Queen Mary, University of London. He teaches courses in literature and culture from the Renaissance to the present day, with a particular focus on English Literature of the Early Modern and Romantic periods, and in critical theory, hypertext culture, and eco-criticism. 

Peter is Programme Director for English and associated programmes: BA in English; BA in English and Drama; MA in Applied Linguistics and ELT; and MA in Gothic.



Peter has research interests in the culture and thought of the 'long' eighteenth century, in urban history (particularly that of east London), and in hypertextual culture.

His recent publications include:


  • Compound Interest and Modern Identity, a monograph on finance and eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century narrative (est. Summer 2016)
  • Shoreditch: A marginal history, a monograph for a general market on the history of that part of east London.

Public Engagement:

Peter runs a website devoted to scholarship in the humanities, Otranto: The New Strawberry Hill Press. He has written and produced a play, Shakespeare in Hackney; or, ‘tis a mad world at Hoxton (dir. Matthew Hahn) performed at the Hoxton Hall theatre, June 2013, and has been interviewed by BBC regional radio on a number of occasions about the subject of the Gothic and its study in Higher Education. 

He is currently developing a mobile app - temporarily entitled ‘Flaneur’ – on local history and cultural geography.