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Brycchan Carey, Author and Academic

Brycchan Carey

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My name is Brycchan Carey and I'm an academic, author, and public speaker. I have four main interests: natural history writing, empire and literature, slavery and abolition, and Black British writing. My site offers pages dedicated to all four of these topics, as well as pages on many other places, people, and writings that interest me.


About Me

I am a Professor of English in the Department of Humanities at Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. I have a wide range of interests centred on the literature and culture of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, but I work primarily on empire, slavery, and abolition on the one hand, and early modern and eighteenth-century life sciences and the environment on the other.

My early work was on antislavery rhetoric, but in recent years I have increasingly worked on the relationship between literature, culture, place, and environment, particularly in relation to the British and American slave trade. I have also researched the ways in which slavery was experienced locally in London, Guernsey, Cornwall, Barbados, and Pennsylvania.

I have written or edited eight books to date, with more on the way. My most recent is Birds in Eighteenth-Century Literature, which I co-edited with Sayre Greenfield and Anne Milne. It was published by Palgrave in 2020. I am currently completing a study of the relationship between slavery and natural history in the age of empire. Check out the bookshop for more information about these titles.

I am currently President of The British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and Vice-President of The Association for Study of Literature and Environment (UK and Ireland). I was the first President of The Literary London Society. I am also active with my local environmental group, Alnwick Area Friends of the Earth in North Northumberland.

And yes, my name is spelled (or spelt) incorrectly. The proper Welsh spelling is "Brychan". Click here to see why

I hope you've enjoyed your visit. I'm always adding to my site and I'm always glad to hear your views on what I'm doing. If you'd like to get in touch please send me email, but before you do, do read the Frequently Asked Questions.

You can also read my full academic CV, or check out my profile at Northumbria University. If you'd like to receive regular updates about this site and my other activities, you can follow me on Twitter.

My partner Rosie Paice is also an academic and author. Her website has loads of information about English Civil War poetry and the art and poetry of William Blake. Check it out at https://www.rosamundpaice.com/

Whatever you choose to do, thank you for visiting!

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Interests, Career, Publications

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