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Dr Peter Howell

Programme Director - English

Dr Peter Howell

Tel: 020 8240 4124

About Research Media


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.

In the news

St Mary's MA Student Commended for Dissertation by British Council

An Applied Linguistics and ELT MA student at St Mary’s University, Twickenham has been given a commendation by the British Council for one of the best Masters’ dissertations in the field. Find out more...

St Mary’s Partners with Richmond Literature Festival

St Mary’s University, Twickenham has launched a partnership with the 2014 Richmond Literature Festival, offering a series of workshops for the community. Find out more...

Anglo-Swedish Literary Foundation Awards Grant to St Mary’s

Lecturers in the School of Arts and Humanities at St Mary’s University, Twickenham have been awarded a grant from the Anglo-Swedish Literary Foundation. Find out more...

St Mary’s Hosts Postgraduate Conference

St Mary’s University College, Twickenham will explore modernities, literature and popular culture during a postgraduate conference, Saturday 16th November. Find out more...

New Research Suggests an East London Source Inspired Shakespeare’s The Tempest

New research from Dr Peter Howell at St Mary's University College, Twickenham, suggests that Hoxton in Hackney is a source for Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Find out more...

Media enquiries

For media enquiries, please contact our Communications and Public Engagement Manager, Sam Yarnold, by emailling or calling 020 8240 8262.