19th Century Literature and Culture
We're researching the relationship between literature and nineteenth-century culture
Our English Literature team have considerable expertise in British, American and global nineteenth century studies. Members of this subject area are currently engaged in research projects on celebrity, ecology, transatlantic literature, and nineteenth-century food cultures. Monographs have been published on Emily Dickinson, food and consumption, John Ruskin, Victorian detective fiction, and Tennyson.
Several researchers are also engaged in projects that focus on Portsmouth’s rich literary history. They've been involved in producing publications, arranging events and setting up websites that relate to writers such as Dickens, Conan Doyle and Tennyson, all of whom had connections with Portsmouth and/or the Isle of Wight. Researchers draw on the area’s wealth of nineteenth-century resources, including the Richard Lancelyn Green, Conan Doyle collection at the Portsmouth City Museum, the Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum and the City Archives. Members also have strong links with the Julia Margaret Cameron Trust: Dimbola Museums and Galleries.
Our varied research expertise feeds into undergraduate provision and postgraduate teaching, including the interdisciplinary MA Victorian Gothic and a range of doctoral projects.
Our members focus on research areas including:
- Afterlives / biopics
- Celebrity and hero-worship
- Crime and detective fiction
- Ecology and environmentalism
- Food cultures, hunger and consumption
- Periodical culture and popular fiction
- Visual culture
Auratic encounters with posthumous literary celebrity in Henry James’s late Victorian tales: desiring the dead
Boyce, C. (2022) "Auratic encounters with posthumous literary celebrity in Henry James’s late Victorian tales: desiring the dead", Victoriographies
Boyce, C., Dove, D. (2022) "'Obituary, gender and posthumous fame: the New York Times Overlooked Project'", Celebrity Studies
Boyce, C. (2022) "Commemoration, domestic display and the decorative arts: romantic Nelsonia", Edinburgh University Press
"On the walls of her own room hung framed portraits of Mrs Browning, George Eliot, and Carlyle": Dickinson, heroes and hero-worship
Finnerty, P. (2022) ""On the walls of her own room hung framed portraits of Mrs Browning, George Eliot, and Carlyle": Dickinson, heroes and hero-worship", Oxford University Press
“You’ll be the only Dickinson they talk about in two hundred years”: Queer Celebrity, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, A Quiet Passion, Wild Nights with Emily, and Apple TV+'s Dickinson
Finnerty, P. (2022) "“You’ll be the only Dickinson they talk about in two hundred years”: Queer Celebrity, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, A Quiet Passion, Wild Nights with Emily, and Apple TV+'s Dickinson", The Emily Dickinson Journal
Pastoral, industry, and environmental violence in the early-Victorian novel
Frost, M. (2023) "Pastoral, industry, and environmental violence in the early-Victorian novel", Essays and Studies, Special Issue: The Literature and Politics of the Environment (ed. John Parham)
Environment and Ecology in the Long Nineteenth Century Vol 1: Scientific and Professional Perspectives on Environment, 1780-1858
Frost, M. (Editor) (2022) "Environment and Ecology in the Long Nineteenth Century Vol 1: Scientific and Professional Perspectives on Environment, 1780-1858", Routledge
Frost, M. (2021) "Wilkie Collins and Victorian environments", Cambridge University Press
Pittard, C. (2022) "The bullet catch - magic at war", Peter Lang International Academic Publishers
Pittard, C., Jones, D. (Editors) (2023) "The Return of Sherlock Holmes", Oxford University Press
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