Research title: Gothic Realities: the Relationship between Gothic Fiction and Late-Victorian Journalism
My project focuses on how the gothic influenced journalism concerned with violence against women in late-Victorian Britain. Building upon existing studies of the Whitechapel murder reportage of 1888, I examine how specific cases prior to these crimes show earlier influence of the gothic in journalism, and consider how contemporary gothic modes were used by the press both as a means of advocating for social reform and as a tool to de-politicise stories of gender violence and poverty.
My broader research interests include:
- Gothic fiction
- The gothic’s influence in non-fictional literature
- Victorian journalism
- Periodical publishing
- Fantasy horror fiction
- Gender and sexuality in the nineteenth-century
Professor Christine Ferguson - University of Stirling
- RSA-RSTG funding, £146.30 to visit the British Library's 'Barry Ono' collection.
- (Upcoming:) RSVP annual conference 'Currents in the Periodical Press', presenting 'Blame him (in)Stead: How British Newspapers Manipulated Australian News to Indict ‘Maiden Tribute’ in a Family Tragedy. July 2023
GTA for English Literature 1A: Poetry & Poetics
- Member of BAVS
- Member of the Centre of Fantasy and the Fantastic
- Member of the IGA
- Member of RSVP
- Victorian Gothic An open access repository of nineteenth-century gothic texts, author biographies, and an accompanying blog. The aim of this project is to make texts more accessible, and to promote study of the Victorian era and gothic literature.