Dr. Suzanne Matheson

Associate Professor

B.A. Hons. (McGill), M.A. (Toronto), D.Phil (Oxon)

Contact                                                 Dr. Suzanne Matheson

CHN Rm 2111
519 253 3000 ext. 2305

Teaching/Research Areas:

  • British Romantic literature and culture
  • late eighteenth and early nineteenth-century visual art and aesthetic theory


Enchanting Ruin
"Enchanting Ruin: Tintern Abbey & Romantic Tourism in Wales," introduced and curated by Dr. Suzanne Matheson for the University of Michigan Special Collections Library.


Suzanne Matheson is a specialist in British Romantic literature and culture, late eighteenth and early nineteenth-century visual art and aesthetic theory, and book arts. She has worked extensively on the poetry and design of William Blake, particularly on the intermediation of Blake’s early illuminated books. She is currently writing a social history of public art exhibition in Georgian England and the fraught ‘invention’ of art-viewing audiences in the period. A recent interdisciplinary project, Tintern Abbey in the Era of Romanticism, carries her interest in spectatorship, theories of the gaze and Romantic visual culture into the appraisal and representation of an iconic landscape site. Other interests include eighteenth-century optical technology, especially the Claude mirror, which is the focus of a current collaborative study and related web installation hosted by the BBC and the Max Planck Institute, Berlin. Matheson has contributed articles to the Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age, the Times Literary Supplement, and participated in the Courtauld’s exhibition and catalogue Art on The Line: The Royal Academy Exhibitions at Somerset House 1780-1836. She is a 2008 Windsor Humanities Research Fellow.