Centre for Studies in Literature
Ms Katharine Brombley
- Qualifications: BA English Literature (Reading University), MA Nineteenth Century Literature (Cardiff University)
- Role Title: PhD Student
- Address: Milldam, Burnaby Road, Portsmouth, Hants PO1 3AS
- Telephone: 023 9284 6033
- Email: email@example.com
- Department: School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
- Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
My research background has predominantly been concentrated on the Nineteenth Century, with especial consideration for the Gothic and gender studies using a socio-historical view of literary theory.
This PhD is centred on Arthur Conan Doyle as the creator of Sherlockian fandom. I am exploring the idea of fandom and how the Victorian’s obsession with crime sparked an entire genre of detective fiction, and how, in turn, people became obsessed with Sherlock Holmes. I will explore why this was; why Arthur Conan Doyle’s other fiction did not create the same kind of following, and in what ways fandom is manifested. To do this I am using the Lancelyn Green Collection in the Portsmouth City library as a basis for my research. This is a collection of Arthur Conan Doyle-related memorabilia, photos, manuscripts, etc. given to the library by Richard Lancelyn Green, whom I will research as a case study for fandom.
In addition to this I am working alongside Portsmouth City Council to raise the profile of the collection and aim to use the research to encourage an increased literacy interest in the local area.
- Nineteenth century fiction;
- Detective fiction;
- Victorian fiction;
- the Gothic and Sensation novel;
- Archival research