Academic staff with an interest in Nineteenth-Century Literature

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. 

List of Academic Staff

Dr Louise Curran

Dr Louise Curran

Lecturer in Romanticism and Eighteenth-Century 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.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 8697
Email
l.curran@bham.ac.uk

Dr John Fagg

Lecturer

I took my BA in English and Philosophy at the University of Leeds, and my MA and PhD in American Studies at the University of Nottingham, where I then held a Leverhulme Postdoctoral Research Fellowship followed by a Lectureship in American Literature.

My research focuses on American literature and visual art in the decades around 1900 and explores the ways in which cultural forms adapted to the ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 4147812
Email
j.m.fagg@bham.ac.uk

Dr Oliver Herford

Dr Oliver Herford

Birmingham Fellow

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 ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5584
Email
o.herford@bham.ac.uk

Dr Andrew Hodgson

Dr Andrew Hodgson

Lecturer in Romanticism

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.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 8264
Email
a.hodgson@bham.ac.uk

Professor John Holmes

Professor John Holmes

Professor of Victorian Literature and Culture

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 ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5989
Email
j.holmes.1@bham.ac.uk

Dr Tom Lockwood

Dr Tom Lockwood

Reader in English Literature
Director of Education, College of Arts and Law

My teaching and my research interests move across the early modern and into the Romantic periods, with a particular focus on the way in which later writers respond to, adapt and receive earlier writers. My current projects include research on Charles Lamb's reading of early modern drama for a new OUP edition of his Complete Works, responses to Ben Jonson in the Restoration and Romantic periods, ...

Telephone
0121 414 5679
Email
t.e.lockwood@bham.ac.uk

Dr Deborah Longworth

Dr Deborah Longworth

Senior Lecturer
Head of English Literature

I joined the University of Birmingham in 1998, having received my Ph.D. 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 ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 7248
Email
d.l.longworth@bham.ac.uk

Dr Rebecca N Mitchell

Dr Rebecca N Mitchell

Senior Lecturer in Victorian Literature and Culture

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.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 2635
Email
r.n.mitchell@bham.ac.uk

Dr Sebastian Mitchell

Dr Sebastian Mitchell

Senior Lecturer in English Literature

I’m a Senior Lecturer in English Literature in EDACS. I teach modules across a range of periods; and my main research interests are literature and painting in the Eighteenth Century and the Romantic Period, and utopian writing.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 4943
Email
j.h.s.mitchell@bham.ac.uk

Dr Daniel Moore

Dr Daniel Moore

Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature

I lecture and research on 19th and 20th century British and American literature and visual culture. I am the director of the Centre for the Study of Cultural Modernity, and I am also the Admissions Tutor for English Literature.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5660
Email
d.t.moore@bham.ac.uk

Dr Jimmy Packham

Dr Jimmy Packham

Lecturer in North American Literature

I work on the representation of voice and the failure of language in nineteenth-century American Gothic literature, and on the literature of the sea and the presentation of subjectivity and oceanic depths in a variety of textual forms: novels, poetry, shipboard diaries, and logbooks. I teach widely across the discipline, primarily nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature.

Email
j.packham@bham.ac.uk

Dr Fariha Shaikh

Dr Fariha Shaikh

Lecturer in Victorian Literature

I joined the department in September 2017 as Lecturer of Victorian 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 ...

Telephone
0121 414 6038
Email
f.n.shaikh@bham.ac.uk

Dr Will Tattersdill

Dr Will Tattersdill

Lecturer in Victorian 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.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 3219
Email
w.j.tattersdill@bham.ac.uk

Dr Matthew Ward

Dr Matthew Ward

Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century 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 ...

Email
m.ward.1@bham.ac.uk

Dr Jarad Zimbler

Lecturer in Modern English Literature

I am a Lecturer in Modern English literature. I teach across the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, with a focus on colonial and postcolonial literatures and an interest in critical theory, linguistics and narratology.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 6206
Email
j.j.zimbler@bham.ac.uk