Members of the Nineteenth-Century Centre

Director of the Centre

Professor Rebecca N Mitchell

Professor Rebecca N Mitchell

Professor in Victorian Literature and Culture

Department of English Literature

My scholarship focuses on Victorian literature and culture broadly defined, and I’m especially intrigued by the study and depiction of the creative process, the self/other relationship, and the textual/visual interface; these interests also drive my work in textual editing. I teach across the long nineteenth century.

Deputy Director

Dr Fariha Shaikh

Dr Fariha Shaikh

Senior Lecturer in Victorian Literature

Department of English Literature

My research focusses on the relationships in the nineteenth century between genre, form and globalisation. In particular, I’m interested in the mobility and materiality of literature in the context of nineteenth-century settler colonialism. I work and teach across the breadth of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Academic staff

Dr Louise Curran

Dr Louise Curran

Lecturer in Romanticism and Eighteenth-Century English Literature

Department of English Literature

I research eighteenth- and nineteenth-century English literature, especially letter-writing and literary celebrity, the novel, and the links between material forms and textual meanings.

Dr Melissa Dickson

Dr Melissa Dickson

Senior Lecturer in Victorian literature

Department of English Literature

My research focuses on the relationships between Victorian literature, science, medicine, and material culture. I am particularly interested in the study and depiction of the senses and in particular on new ways of listening and thinking about sound in the nineteenth century. My current work is on explorations of the body’s physiological and psychological responses to sound and music in the ...

Dr Eleanor Dobson

Dr Eleanor Dobson

Senior Lecturer in Nineteenth Century Literature

Department of English Literature

My current work focuses on the reception of ancient Egypt in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. More broadly, I am interested in the materiality and history of the book, as well as notions of the supernatural and the occult, particularly as these ideas operate at the edges of a range of scientific discourses. I teach literature from the late eighteenth century to the present, with particular ...

Dr John Fagg

Dr John Fagg

Senior Lecturer in American Literature and Cultures

Department of English Literature

My work focuses on American art and literature and visual art in the early twentieth century and explores the ways in which cultural forms adapted to the new circumstances of American modernity.

Dr Richard Fallon

Dr Richard Fallon

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow

Department of English Literature

I study interactions and overlaps between literature and science, focusing on the long nineteenth century. Within this area my specialisms are the literature of the earth sciences, scientific writing for general readers, and turn-of-the-century adventure novels. My earlier work has examined the literary popularisation of dinosaurs and my current project is called ‘Borderline Geoscience and ...

Dr Oliver Herford

Dr Oliver Herford

Associate Professor in Nineteenth Century Literature

Department of English Literature

I work on British and American literature of the long nineteenth century, with a special focus on the late writings of Henry James. I am interested in the place of style in literary non-fiction, the practice of editing, and the relations between personal correspondence and other types of life-writing (autobiography, biography, and memoir). I teach widely across eighteenth-, nineteenth- and ...

Dr Andrew Hodgson

Dr Andrew Hodgson

Senior Lecturer in Romanticism

Department of English Literature

I am interested in questions of voice, influence, and achievement in English poetry and in particular the poetry of the Romantic period. I teach across the spectrum of English literature - especially from the eighteenth-century onward.

Professor John Holmes

Professor John Holmes

Professor of Victorian Literature and Culture

Department of English Literature

I joined the department in 2015 as Professor of Victorian Literature and Culture. My research focuses on the relationship between scientific ideas and cultural forms in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including poetry, architecture and the visual arts. More widely, I work on and teach a wide range of nineteenth-century literature, with interests in poetry and poetic form, especially the ...

Dr Claire Jones

Dr Claire Jones

Senior Lecturer in History of Art

Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies

My specialisms are French and British sculpture and the decorative arts 1800-1900, with a particular interest in intersections between sculpture and the decorative arts, between art and industry, and in curating the decorative. 

Professor Deborah Longworth

Professor Deborah Longworth

Professor of English Literature
Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Student Academic Experience)

Department of English Literature

I joined the University of Birmingham in 1998, having received my PhD from Birkbeck College, University of London, with a thesis on women, the city and the concept of the flâneusein nineteenth and twentieth-century English and American literature. Previously I studied at the University of Reading, where I took a BA in English Literature & Philosophy, and the MA Literature and the ...

Professor Michaela Mahlberg

Professor Michaela Mahlberg

Chair in Corpus Linguistics
Director, Centre for Corpus Research

Department of English Language and Linguistics

As a corpus linguist, I am interested in language as a social phenomenon and the way in which we use language to understand and shape the world we live in. A large part of my research focuses on the language of Dickens’s fiction, literary linguistics, and discourse analysis.

I am currently Principal Investigator on the AHRC funded CLiC Dickens project.

I speak about Corpus ...

Dr Daniel Moore

Dr Daniel Moore

Senior Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature

Department of English Literature

I work on nineteenth and twentieth century literature and visual culture. I have published work on Henry James, Ford Madox Ford, Vernon Lee, Walter Pater and a range of other late Victorian and modernist art and literature.

Dr Kate Nichols

Dr Kate Nichols

Associate Professor in Art History

Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies

I am an art historian of Britain and the British Empire, focussing particularly on the Victorian period.

Dr Jimmy Packham

Dr Jimmy Packham

Associate Professor in North American Literature

Department of English Literature

My research focuses on Gothic fiction and on maritime writing, both as separate and overlapping areas of study. I have a long-standing interest in voice and utterance in literary writing, and my work on the Gothic focuses on the haunted and haunting voices that resonate within late-eighteenth and nineteenth-century American Gothic literature. I also work on the deep sea as it is depicted in a ...

Dr Caroline Radcliffe

Dr Caroline Radcliffe

Reader in Drama and Performance

Department of Drama and Theatre Arts

I have had a long freelance career in music and drama and am still an active performer in both fields. My specialist academic areas are nineteenth-century theatre, popular theatre studies, technology and performance and any area of music and drama.

Dr Will Tattersdill

Dr Will Tattersdill

Senior Lecturer in Popular Literature, Liberal Arts, and Natural Sciences

Department of English Literature

I’m interested in the relationship between literature and science, especially as it is figured in popular culture from the nineteenth century to the present. My current work is on the social history of dinosaurs over this period.

Dr Emilie Taylor-Pirie

Dr Emilie Taylor-Pirie

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow

Department of English Literature

I specialise in literature and science studies, medical humanities, and the cultural history of medicine, especially in the long nineteenth century. I have an interdisciplinary background with a BSc (hons.) in biology and higher degrees in the humanities. My research interests include: Victorian literature and culture, particularly Gothic fiction and the scientific romance; postcolonialism, ...

Dr Matthew Ward

Dr Matthew Ward

Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century Literature

Department of English Literature

My work focuses on British Romanticism, and the literature and intellectual history of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Within these parameters I’m especially interested in William Wordsworth, Lord Byron, and Percy Shelley, poetry and poetics, periodization, literary inheritance, theories of humour, the history of emotions, sounds in literature and modes of listening, and ecology ...

Dr Viola Wiegand

Dr Viola Wiegand

Lecturer in TESOL

Department of English Language and Linguistics

As Lecturer in TESOL, I teach across the Department’s MA TESOL and MA Applied Linguistics programmes. My research interests span applied linguistics, corpus linguistics and digital humanities, as well as discourse analysis. I am Assistant Editor of the International Journal of Corpus Linguistics and have co-edited the volume Corpus Linguistics, Context and Culture (2019, De Gruyter).

Postgraduate members

Alessia Attanasio

Alessia Attanasio

Doctoral researcher

Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies

PhD Title: From Vesuvius to the Thames. The fortunes of Baroque Neapolitan art in English collections, 1680-1900 
Supervisor: Dr Kate Nichols
PhD History of Art

Rebekah Cunningham

Rebekah Cunningham

Doctoral researcher

Department of English Literature

PhD title: Game Changers: Videogames as reciprocal and dynamic entities in transatlantic digital culture
Supervisors: Dr Matt Hayler (University of Birmingham), Dr Rex Ferguson (University of Birmingham), Dr Alison Harvey (University of Leicester)

Liz Maria Joys

Liz Maria Joys

Doctoral researcher

Department of Modern Languages

Phd title: Missionary Engagement and Casteism: History and Memory of an Encounter in the Colonial Context of Kerala
SupervisorsDr Berny Sèbe and Dr Jagbir Jhutti-Johal
PhD Postcolonial Studies

Jayde Martin

Jayde Martin

Doctoral researcher

Department of English Literature

PhD title: Mutations,Manipulation, and Metamorphosis: Representations of Genetic Change and Species Identity in Feminist Long-form Contemporary Science-Fiction Literature, 1987-2018

Supervisors: Professor John Holmes, Dr Matt Hayler and Dr Emil Toescu

PhD Contemporary Transatlantic Science Fiction