Dr Helen Kingstone
- Lecturer in English Literature (Victorian Studies) (English Literature)
Her research addresses the relationship between memory and history in the nineteenth century, focusing on how writers in different genres and forms approached contemporary history. Her first book, Victorian Narratives of the Recent Past: memory, history, fiction (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), focuses on nineteenth-century approaches to narrating the recent past. It examines what makes narrating the period within living memory so problematic, and showcases the divergent responses of historians and novelists.
She is currently working on a new book about the ways different media represented the scale of modernity in the nineteenth century, ranging from 360° panorama paintings, and the writings they inspired, to collective biographies such as the Dictionary of National Biography.
With collaborator Dr Trev Broughton (University of York) and other contributors, she is working on a project about generational identities among the cohort born in 1819, who were all Queen Victoria's exact contemporaries (find us on Twitter @Born1819). Future projects aim to collaborate with researchers across disciplines to compare how the category of 'generations' is used in different fields, and how we might pool our perspectives to inform today's world.
Drawing on the findings of the 'Born 1819' project, she has produced an exhibition about this generation, on display in a Victorian glasshouse of Glasgow Botanic Gardens. The exhibition is up throughout 2019, and is made possible through funding from the University's Knowledge Exchange fund, the Friends of Glasgow Botanic Gardens and Glasgow City Council.
I would be delighted to supervise projects on:
nineteenth-century approaches to history and the past
the Victorian novel (especially e.g. George Eliot, Elizabeth Gaskell, Charlotte Brontë)
memory and history
I currently teach:
- Realism and Fantasy in Victorian Literature (senior honours)
Literature 1830-1915 (junior honours)
The novel and narratology (1B, pre-honours)
Living memory: looking backwards in the mid-Victorian novel (M.Litt option course)
M.Litt Victorian Literature core courses