Dr James Grande
Music in London 1800-1851
King's College London
Educational and Professional Background
- Music, literature and religious dissent
- Nineteenth-century London
- William Cobbett and the radical press
- The Godwin-Wollstonecraft-Shelley circle
James Grande is a postdoctoral researcher on the ERC project Music in London, 1800-1851, directed by Roger Parker. Within this broader project, his current research focuses on the place of music in dissenting culture.
James joined the English Department at King’s in 2011 as a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow after completing his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Oxford. He held a research studentship on The Diary of William Godwin, (eds) Victoria Myers, David O’Shaughnessy and Mark Philp (Oxford Digital Library, 2010), and wrote his doctoral thesis, under the supervision of Jon Mee and Lucy Newlyn, on the correspondence of the radical journalist William Cobbett.
His first monograph, William Cobbett, the Press and Rural England: Radicalism and the Fourth Estate, 1792-1835 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) offers a new interpretation of Cobbett as a Burkean radical whose writing cuts across the 'revolution controversy' of the 1790s, combining Thomas Paine's common sense and transatlantic radicalism with Edmund Burke's emphasis on tradition, patriotism and the domestic affections. James recently co-edited, with John Stevenson, a collection of essays, William Cobbett, Romanticism and the Enlightenment (Pickering & Chatto, 2015).
James is a Trustee of the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association and editor of The Keats-Shelley Review.
‘A “Birth of Intellect”: William Cobbett and Jonathan Swift’, in William Cobbett, Romanticism and the Enlightenment: Contexts and Legacy, (eds) James Grande and John Stevenson (Pickering & Chatto, 2015), 45-59.
(with John Stevenson) ‘William Cobbett: Calf of John Bull, or Child of the Enlightenment?’, in William Cobbett, Romanticism and the Enlightenment: Contexts and Legacy (Pickering & Chatto, 2015), 1-17.
William Cobbett, the Press and Rural England: Radicalism and the Fourth Estate, 1792-1835 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).
The Opinions of William Cobbett, (eds) James Grande, John Stevenson and Richard Thomas, with a foreword by Richard Ingrams (Ashgate, 2013).
‘1828 And All That: Hazlitt, Godwin, and the Legacies of Dissent’, Hazlitt Review, 6 (2013), 35-46.