Department of English and Creative Writing

Visiting address
204c Fincham, Digby Stuart

Biography

I did my BA at the University of Cambridge and received my PhD from King's College London. From 2013-16 I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow attached to Roehampton's 'Romantic Illustration Network' project.

Qualifications

PhD (King's College London)

MA (King's College London)

PGCE (Institute of Education, University of London)

BA (Hons) (University of Cambridge

Research interests

Print culture, visual culture, cultural geography, literature and periodicals of the nineteenth-century, illustration and illustrated books, GWM Reynolds, Dickens, late 19th-century adventure fiction.

I am working on a children's novel in my spare time.

 

Research projects

I was awarded the 2016 Colby Prize for my monograph, 'Dickens, Reynolds and Mayhew on Wellington Street: The Print Culture of a Victorian Street'. I gave the Colby Lecture at the 2016 Research Society for Victorian Periodicals international conference in Kansas City.

This book focuses on a street in mid nineteenth-century London, Wellington Street. I discuss, for the first time, the proximity of the offices of Charles Dickens, G.W.M. Reynolds, and Henry Mayhew, in mid 19th-century London.Wellington Street (home to nearly thirty newspapers and periodicals, as well as a theatre and the musical and theatrical press)was a highly significant location for metropolitan print culture because it was a hub of relationships, influences and connections between writers, booksellers, editors, publishers, theatre managers and audiences, and readers. I argue that physical proximity within the city reinforced important mid-century print networks.The book uses archival research, literary criticism, and literary geography to explore Wellington Street at different times of the day and to reveal the ways in which its print networks fostered connections between the discourses of journalism, literature, and drama. It reassesses the intersection between print culture, popular culture, the built environment and urban experience, and reveals the links between Wellington Street and the print culture of colonial Melbourne.

 

I am currently working on an article about Newman Street and the relationship between print culture and visual culture in London publishing c. 1810-20, as part of the Romantic Illustration Network.

I am also developing an article about late-nineteenth century adventure fiction.

Professional affiliations

British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS): Executive Committee member 2010-14

British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS)

Research Society for Victorian Periodicals

Book History Research Network

Literary London Society

Modern Languages Association

Consultancy work

2013: Research Consultant to

Anthony Horowitz on 'Moriarty' http://www.moriarty-book.co.uk/

Eleventh Hour Films ('Foyle's War')

Links

Research outputs

  1. Colonial Networks and the Periodical Marketplace

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  2. The Country in the City: Dickens and the Idyllic River

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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Prizes

  1. The Robert and Vineta Colby Scholarly Book Prize

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

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