Long nineteenth century

We research across the full range of the long nineteenth century, from the Romantic period to the fin de siècle.

Three major themes run throughout our work. The first is the concept of authorship, considering how writers in the nineteenth century saw their own role as authors. Case studies within the department, linked to major new editorial projects, include work on Charles Lamb, George Meredith, Oscar Wilde and Henry James, as well as work on authors’ networks and correspondence across the century.

The second is the relationship between literature and the visual arts. Work at this interface within the department runs from the eighteenth century to the present. In the nineteenth century it centres in particular on the Pre-Raphaelite and Aesthetic movements, looking at their poetry and art criticism alongside their paintings, sculpture and design.

The third strand is research into the relationship between literature and science. Here our work includes work on literary and scientific institutions, from museums to the periodical press, on literary forms including poetry and science fiction, and on scientific theories, including Darwinian and non-Darwinian theories of evolution. 


Dr Louise Curran - Material forms and textual meanings

Dr Melissa Dickson - Victorian literature, science, medicine, and material culture

Dr John Fagg - American art and literature

Dr Richard Fallon - Interactions and overlaps between literature and science

Dr Jessica Fay - Aesthetics, landscape poetry, and narrative form

Professor Alexandra Harris - Landscape, locality and the presence of the past

Dr Oliver Herford - British and American literature of the long nineteenth century, with a special focus on the late writings of Henry James

Dr Andrew Hodgson - Voice, influence, and achievement in English poetry and in particular the poetry of the Romantic period

Professor John Holmes - Scientific ideas and cultural forms in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including poetry, architecture and the visual arts

Professor Tom Lockwood - Early modern and into the Romantic periods

Professor Deborah Longworth - Nineteenth and twentieth century women writers

Dr Rebecca N Mitchell - Victorian literature and culture

Dr Sebastian Mitchell - Romantic literature and culture, and utopian writing

Dr Daniel Moore - Nineteenth and twentieth century literature and visual culture

Dr Jimmy Packham - American Gothic literature and maritime writing

Dr Jack Quin - Poetry and sculpture

Dr Will Tattersdill - Literature and science

Dr Matthew Ward - British Romanticism

Dr Jarad Zimbler - Decolonization

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Romantic Literature - Louise Curran
American art and literature - John Fagg

English literary tradition and landscape - Alexandra Harris
Literature and Science - John Holmes
Literary modernism and artistic modernism - Dan Moore