Professor Johnston researches eighteenth- and nineteenth-century English literature, especially prose style, the novel, and mock-heroic literature, as well as German literature.
She is the general editor of the seven-volume Cambridge Edition of the Novels of Thomas Love Peacock, the first volumes of which were published in 2015, and co-editor of Love Peacock’s penultimate novel, Crotchet Castle. She is currently working on a book that takes off from all this work on Romantic prose satire and is (for now) called Novels of Talk; it will be about the ways in which dialogue and opinion evolve in fictional writing from the eighteenth century to the present. She is also co-editing Jane Austen's juvenilia for the Oxford World's Classics series.
Her other research interests include Pope, Swift, epic and mock-epic, Byron, Dickens, German literature (especially Kafka), prose style, practical criticism, and comparative literature.
- Eighteenth century literature
- Literature and culture
- Samuel Johnson
- Jane Austen
Professor Johnston has experience of working with the media, including BBC Radio 3. She is a regular reviewer for the UK national press including The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The London Evening Standard, and The Literary Review.