THomas Keymer

Professor of English


Thomas Keymer is Chancellor Henry N. R. Jackman University Professor of English at the University of Toronto, where he is affiliated with University College (as Senior Member) and Massey College (as Senior Fellow). Born in London, he studied at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, under the direction of J. H. Prynne, and was later Research Fellow and Quatercentenary Visiting Fellow at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Before moving to Toronto with his family in 2006, he taught for six years at Royal Holloway, University of London, and for ten years at St Anne’s College, Oxford, where he remains a Supernumerary Fellow. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Royal Historical Society, and the English Association, and has also held fellowships with the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the Leverhulme Trust. His work is mainly focused on Restoration, eighteenth-century, and Romantic-era British and Irish literature, and he has particular interests in narrative and the novel; book history and print culture; literature, politics, and national identities; literature and law (especially seditious libel and censorship in general); life-writing and subjectivity; theories of intertextuality, influence and reception; the theory and practice of textual editing. Between 2013 and 2017 he directed the University of Toronto’s Graduate Program in Book History & Print Culture, and he currently serves as General Editor of the Review of English Studies (Oxford University Press) and co-General Editor of the Cambridge Edition of the Works & Correspondence of Samuel Richardson. In 2019 he will be a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford.