Portrait of Dr Ildiko Csengei Dr Ildiko Csengei

i.csengei@hud.ac.uk | 01484 473059


Ildiko Csengei joined the University of Huddersfield in 2013 as a Senior Lecturer in English Literature. After completing her doctorate at the University of Cambridge, she held an R. A. Butler Fellowship at Pembroke College, Cambridge. Before taking up her current post, she was a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Faculty of English at Cambridge and Fellow and Director of Studies in English at Newnham College.

Research and Scholarship

My research interests include the literature and culture of sensibility in the eighteenth-century, Romanticism and war, Romanticism and the environment, the history of emotions and the intersections between science, medicine, literature and history. My book, Sympathy, Sensibility and the Literature of Feeling in the Eighteenth Century (Palgrave, 2012) asks what makes it possible for self-interest, cruelty and violence to become part of sensibility – a cultural trend of compassion and benevolence in the eighteenth-century. It undertakes to investigate the darker side of sensibility by exploring forms of emotional response, including sympathy, tears, swooning and melancholia through a range of eighteenth-century contexts.The book also explores connections between earlier notions of feeling and more recent sciences of the psyche from psychoanalysis to the neurosciences. My current project, War and Feeling in British Romanticism, focuses on the emotional experience of war during the Napoleonic period. I am interested in how the first-hand experience of conflict impacts our broader understanding of Romanticism.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Csengei, I (2017) ‘“The Fever of Vain Longing:” Emotions of War in Byron’s Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, Canto IIIRomanticism . ISSN 1354-991X

Csengei, I (2017) ‘Book review : Matthew Green, Aftershock: The Untold Story of Surviving Peace. Portobello Books, 2015.British Journal for Military History , 3 (3), pp. 153-154. ISSN 2057-0422

Csengei, I (2017) ‘Book Review: NEIL RAMSEY, The Military Memoir and Romantic Literary Culture, 1780-1835 (Farnham: Ashgate, 2011)Romanticism , 23. ISSN 1354-991X


Csengei, I (2015) The emotions of war in Romantic Poetry [Audio]


Csengei, I (2011) Sympathy, Sensibility and the Literature of Feeling in the Eighteenth Century . Palgrave Studies in the Enlightenment, Romanticism and the Cultures of Print. Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9780230308442


Csengei, I (2009) ‘Godwin’s Case: Melancholy Mourning in the Empire of FeelingStudies in Romanticism , 48 (3), pp. 491-519. ISSN 0039-3762


Csengei, I (2008) ‘'She Fell Senseless on His Corpse': The Woman of Feeling and the Sentimental Swoon in Eighteenth-Century FictionRomantic Circles Praxis Series . ISSN 1528-8129

Csengei, I (2008) ‘‘I Will Not Weep’: Reading through the Tears of Henry Mackenzie’s Man of Feeling’Modern Language Review , 103 (4), pp. 952-968. ISSN 0026-7937


I peer review articles for European Romantic ReviewJournal for Eighteenth-Century Studies (JECS) and The AnaChronisT, Eighteenth-Century Fiction, Women’s Writing

International Editorial board membership: Hungarian Journal for English and American Studies, The Anachronist


2006-2009: R.A. Butler Research Fellowship, Pembroke College, Cambridge

2009-2011: Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship

2009: Wellcome Trust conference grant, CRASSH conference grant

2008-11: The AnaChronisT journal editorial board membership

2005-2008: British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (BSECS), member of the executive committee

Research Degree Supervision

Current research students:

Ben Falks

Bethan Coates, Myths and Fairies

Amandeep Sangerah, Literary heritage and the Brontes

Teaching and Professional Activities

Literary Genres, Thinking Critically, The Essay, Romantic Confessions, The Romantic Period, Romanticism and War