Victorian Studies at Glasgow is one of our liveliest concentrations, with a strong postgraduate community and a cohort of distinguished senior scholars and newly appointed early-career researchers.  A distinctive feature of our provision is interdisciplinary engagement, in the encounter between west and east/north and south, literature and science, and literature and religion.  Recent international conferences include the 10th Annual Conference of the British Association for Victorian Studies (2010), Literature and Mathematics in the Long Nineteenth Century (2011, with a spin-off workshop, Eighteenth-Century Geometry and the Scottish Enlightenment), and the postgraduate-led Anxious Forms conference (2014)

The interests of staff in Victorian Studies range widely across the field. Specialisms include literature and science, medical humanities, travel writing, colonial studies, nineteenth-century spiritualism, children’s fiction, eco-criticism and neo-Victorianism. Our research in these areas has been supported by major funding bodies, such as the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Carnegie Trust, the European Research Council, and the British Academy. Recent funded research includes the ‘Nineteenth-Century Euclid’ project (2009-11), supported by the European Research Council; the ‘Values of Environmental Writing’ Network (2010-11), supported by the AHRC; the ‘Second Cities in the Circuits of Empire’ project (2014-15), supported by the British Academy; and ‘Curious Travellers: Thomas Pennant and the Welsh and Scottish Tour’, supported by the AHRC

Outreach activities are an important part of the School’s work in this area, and colleagues advised the Dr Livingstone I Presume? exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland (2012-13), and various other Livingstone bicentenary events. Other examples of outreach included a series of Poetry Podcasts focused on nineteenth-century poetry and aimed at first-year undergraduates and school-leavers. The podcasts, available from a public blog and through iTunes, have already received over 10,000 internet hits, and led to collaborations with local secondary schools.

Queen Victoria’s Contemporaries: Born In 1819
Curious Travellers
Medical Humanities Research Centre
Nineteenth-Century Euclid
Poetry Podcasts

Associated staff:

Megan Coyer

Dr Megan Coyer

Senior Lecturer (English Literature)

Research interests: Literature and Medicine; Nineteenth-Century Periodical Press

Matthew Creasy

Dr Matthew Creasy

Lecturer in English and Irish Literature (English Literature)

Research interests: Decadence, Modernism, Translation, Irish Literature, Book History, Periodicals and Material Culture, Children's Literature

Alice Jenkins

Professor Alice Jenkins

Head of School/ Professor of Victorian Literature and Culture (English Literature)

Research interests: Literature And Science; Fantasy; Literature And Mathematics

Nigel Leask

Professor Nigel Leask

Regius Chair of English Language and Literature (English Literature)

Research interests: British (and especially Scottish literature) 1700-1850, travel writing, empire, visual culture

Dahlia Porter

Dr Dahlia Porter

Senior Lecturer in Eighteenth and Nineteenth - Century Literature and Material Culture (English Literature)

Research interests: Eighteenth-century and British Romantic literature, Material Culture, Book History, History of Science, Medical Humanities, Poetry & Poetics, 18th & 19th-century Gothic literature and Science Fiction

Andrew Radford

Dr Andrew Radford

Senior Lecturer (English Literature)

Research interests: European Modernism, John Calder and Postwar Independent Publishing, Film adaptation, Creative Writing, Poetry and Politics of the 1930s, Ann Quin and the British Experimental Novel, Mystical and Cultural Geographies, Contemporary Literature