Johnston, Professor Freya


Freya Johnston

Hazel Eardley Wilmot Tutorial Fellow in English Language and Literature
University Lecturer




  • Introduction to Literary Studies
  • seventeenth- to nineteenth-century period papers
  • special authors and special topics

MSt in English, 1700-1830


Thomas Love Peacock: I am general editor of the seven-volume Cambridge Edition of the Novels of Thomas Love Peacock (the first two volumes appeared in 2016) and co-editor of his penultimate novel, Crotchet Castle (1831).

Jane Austen: I’m now finishing a critical study of the young Jane Austen, which will be published by Princeton University Press. In 2017, Kathryn Sutherland and I published a newly edited and annotated text of Jane Austen’s Teenage Writings for the Oxford World’s Classics series

Other research interests include Pope, Swift, epic and mock-epic, Byron, Hazlitt, Dickens, German literature (especially Kafka), prose style, practical criticism, and comparative literature.

Selected publications

‘Thomas Love Peacock: Crotchets Rampant’
with S. Dumke, The Cambridge Quarterly, 2018

‘Jane Austen’s Universals’
Essays in Criticism, vol. 68, issue 2 (2018), pp. 211 – 233