Danielle Schwertner


Research title: Representations of Race, Gender and Social Class Within the Pages of Glasgow's Nineteenth-Century Comic 'The Looking Glass'

Research Summary

My research focuses on the 1825-1826 caricature periodical the Glasgow Looking Glass and how its visual commentary on social identities reflected and perpetuated popular stereotypes within the intersecting areas of gender, class and race.

As one of the first periodicals to rely primarily on images rather than text, the Glasgow Looking Glass offers unique insight into both the intermediality of early nineteenth-century social commentary and the increasing popularity of the illustrated print medium. Through intersectional analysis of the Glasgow Looking Glass's depictions of gender, class and race, we can further understand how visual tools were used to communicate with and to entertain audiences ranging from working class to the elite.

Research Interests:

  • Long eighteenth-century British caricature and satire
  • Early nineteenth-century British satiric literature
  • Long eighteenth-century periodical studies
  • Applications of intersectional theory and methodology to long eighteenth-century studies


2019: Travel and accomodation scholarship of 220 Pounds received from the University of Glasgow's College of Art's Research Support Award to perform research for one week at various London archives.


Conference Papers

  • Caricature Art and the Comics Format. 'Art and Design', Comics Forum, Leeds Central Library. November 2019.
  • Representations of Gender, Class and Race in the Glasgow/Northern Looking Glass. 'First Annual Peer Symposium for English Literature PhDs', University of Glasogw. October 2019
  • A Forgotten Periodical: The Glasgow/Northern Looking Glass and the Evolving Nineteenth Century. 'New Directions in Nineteenth-Century Periodical Studies', University of Leeds. September 2019
  • Satire and Modernity in the Glasgow Looking Glass. 'The 1820s: Innovation and Diffusion', University of Glasgow. April 2019.


Graduate Teaching Assistant, Comperative Literature 1A and 1B (Heroic Men and Heroic Women), University of Glasgow. 2019-2020.

Additional Information

Academic Background

  • MLitt in Scottish History, University of Glasgow, Scotland. 2018.
  • MA in Book Publishing and Writing, Emerson College, Boston, MA. 2017.
  • BA in English Language and Literature, Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, TX. 2015.


  • Member of the Stirling Maxwell Centre for Text and Image Studies at the University of Glasgow.

Academic Journal Experience

  • Member of the editorial board for eSharp, '"Trans-": Transitions, Transformation, "Trans" Narratives', issue 27 (Summer 2019), University of Glasgow.