Georgina Gale

Research title: Gothic Realities: the Relationship between Gothic Fiction and Late-Victorian Journalism

Research Summary

My research focuses on the influence of gothic fiction upon late-Victorian newspaper publishing, in particular reportage concerning sex work and violence against women. Moving beyond studies of the Whitechapel murders of 1888, my project surveys the broader traces of the gothic within journalism, considering the shared themes and political agendas of such publications, as well as their consequences. 

My research interests include: 

  • The gothic
  • Horror and fantasy
  • Gender and sexuality in the Victorian era
  • Periodical publishing
  • Literature and medicine 


External supervisors

Professor Christine Ferguson - University of Stirling


  • RSA-RSTG funding, £146.30 to visit the British Library's 'Barry Ono' collection. 

Additional Information



  • 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. 

Organisational Committees

  • Wicked Readings (co-host). PGR reading group focusing on fantasy horror literature, run by the University of Glasgow's Centre for Fantasy and the Fantastic. For further information, see our Twitter or join the Discord server.