Michael Scrivener

Michael Scrivener

Distinguished Professor Emeritus



5057 Woodward Ave., Suite 9201
Detroit, MI 48202

Curriculum vitae



Michael Scrivener

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

18th & 19th century British literature and culture, emphasis on Romanticism and Jewish studies. Emphases on P. B. Shelley, Godwin, Wollstonecraft, M. Shelley, politics and poetry, John Thelwall, Anglo-Jewish writers (David Levi, Grace Aguilar, Benjamin Disraeli, King family).


John "Jew" King and His Circle:  Radicalism, Romanticism, and Anglo-Jewry in Georgian England–a book length study. King's circle included Godwin, the London Corresponding Society, the criminal underground, Irish radicals and rogue aristocrats, Shelley, Byron, his literary daughters Charlotte and Sophia (and their circle), David Levi.


  • Ph.D. English, SUNY at Buffalo, 1976
  • M.A. English, SUNY at Binghamton, 1972
  • B.A. English, SUNY at Buffalo, 1970

Awards and grants

  • Board of Governors, Distinguished Faculty Fellowship 2013
  • Distinguished Professor 2011
  • Academy of Scholars (WSU) 2008
  • Guggenheim Fellowship 2007-08
  • Keats-Shelley Distinguished Scholar Award 2006
  • Board of Governors Distinguished Faculty Award 2003
  • Board of Governors Faculty Recognition Award 2002

Selected publications

Monographs: Jewish Representations in British Literature 1780-1840:  After Shylock (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011); The Cosmopolitan Ideal in the Age of Revolution and Reaction, 1776-1832 (Pickering & Chatto, 2007); Seditious Allegories:  John Thelwall and Jacobin Writing (Penn State University Press, 2001); Radical Shelley:  The Philosophical Anarchism and Utopian Thought of Percy Bysshe Shelley (Princeton University Press, 1982).

Edited books: The Daughter of Adoption by John Thelwall (coedited with Y. Solomonescu & J. Thompson) (Broadview Press, 2013); Incle and Yarico and The Incas:  Two Plays by John Thelwall (coedited with F. Felsenstein) (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2006); Poetry and Reform:  Periodical Verse from the English Democratic Press 1792-1824 (Wayne State University Press, 1992).