HKU/Surrey

Adeline Johns-Putra

Visiting Professor

Comp Lit; English

Adeline Johns-Putra’s research interests are ecocriticism (with a focus on climate change), Romanticism, and epic poetry. She was Chair of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, UK and Ireland, from 2011 to 2015, and is a member of the editorial board of Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism. Her monographs include Climate Change and the Contemporary Novel (Cambridge University Press) and The History of the Epic (Palgrave Macmillan). Her edited books include Climate and Literature (Cambridge University Press), Cli-Fi: A Companion, with Axel Goodbody (Peter Lang), and Literature and Sustainability, with John Parham and Louise Squire (Manchester University Press). Her papers have appeared in leading journals such as Studies in the Novel, Modern Fiction Studies, ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, Nineteenth-Century Contexts, and Women’s Writing. She teaches courses on ecocriticism and Romanticism at HKU and is also a Reader in English Literature (part-time) at the University of Surrey. 


Research Interest


Climate Change Fiction


From the start of this century, climate change has become a hot topic in fiction, tackled by up-and-coming novelists and established authors alike. In 2009, I was among the first literary critics to investigate the phenomenon of climate change fiction, when I became a co-investigator on the ESF-funded project 'From Climate to Landscape: Imagining the Future' at the University of Exeter, an interdisciplinary project that brought together ecologists, geographers and literary scholars. My publications on the subject include my monograph, Climate Change and the Contemporary Novel (Cambridge University Press), edited volumes Climate and Literature (Cambridge University Press) and Cli-Fi: A Companion (with Axel Goodbody for Peter Lang), and essays in Studies in the NovelModern Fiction Studies and English Studies.


Romanticism, Gender, Epic


My research into British Romantic women's writing and epic poetry has led to an abiding interest in Romantic poets Anna Seward and Eleanor Anne Porden. I am currently writing about Porden's life, letters and poetry, in the context of the development of disciplines of knowledge in the early nineteenth century. My essays on Porden have appeared in ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and EnvironmentWomen's Writing, and Nineteenth-Century Contexts.

Selected Publications

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Nineteenth-Century Research Cluster

Faculty of Arts, Run Run Shaw Tower, 

Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong

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