I specialise in Victorian literature and culture, with an interest in travel and mobility in the mid-nineteenth century novel, focusing on authors including Dickens, Eliot, Gaskell and Charlotte Bronte. My publications include a monograph, Mobility in the Victorian Novel: Placing the Nation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), and the edited collections Mobilities, Literature, Culture (Palgrave, 2019), Sea Narratives: Cultural Responses to the Sea, 1600-present (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) and Gender and Space in Rural Britain, 1840-1920 (Pickering and Chatto, 2014). I am co-editor of Palgrave Studies in Mobilities, Literature and Culture.
I joined Surrey in 2016 as Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century English Literature. I previously worked as a Teaching Fellow in the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics at Newcastle University (2015-16) and Research Fellow at Warwick's Institute of Advanced Study (2012-15). I gained my PhD in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick in 2011.
Areas of specialism
University roles and responsibilities
- Programme Leader for BA English literature and BA English literature and/with pathways
Affiliations and memberships
My research has focused upon establishing a historical and theoretical basis of mobilities studies in the nineteenth century, including in my monograph Mobility in the Victorian Novel: Placing the Nation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). I am the author of 3 edited collections, most recently Mobilities, Literature, Culture (Ed. with Marian Aguiar, Lynne Pearce; Palgrave Macmillan, 2019). My research has recently been funded through the award of British Academy Small Research Grant (2017-2019).
I have been instrumental in developing the field of literary mobilities studies, internationally and within the UK: I am co-editor of Palgrave Studies in Mobilities, Literature and Culture, co-lead Surrey’s Mobilities in Literature and Culture Research centre, co-convene the Institute of Historical Research Transport and Mobility History Seminar, and am on the editorial board of Transfers.
Postgraduate research supervision
In 2021-22 I am teaching:
ELI1025 Understanding the Novel
ELI1022 History of English Literature II
ELI3049/M040 Geographies of Nation and Empire: the Victorian novel 1850-90
Mobilities, Literature, and Culture. Ed. Marian Aguiar, Charlotte Mathieson, and Lynne Pearce. Palgrave Macmillan, 2019.
Sea Narratives: Cultural Responses to the Sea, 1600 to present. Ed. & intro. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
Mobility in the Victorian Novel: Placing the Nation. Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.
Gender and Space in Rural Britain, 1840-1920. Ed. & intro. with Gemma Goodman. Pickering and Chatto, 2014.
‘A still ecstasy of freedom and enjoyment’: Walking the city in Charlotte Brontë’s Villette.” Journal of Victorian Culture (July 2017).
“'A brown sunburnt gentleman': Masculinity and the Travelling Body in Dickens's Bleak House.” Nineteenth-Century Contexts 36.4 (September 2014).
“'A moving and a moving on': Mobility, Space and the Nation in Charles Dickens's Bleak House.” English 61.4 (December 2012).
“Mobile materiality: the Great Exhibition of 1851 and the mobile-material relations of Henry Mayhew’s 1851: or, the Adventures of Mr and Mrs Sandboys.” Anticipatory Materialisms. Edited by Jo Carruthers, Nour Dakkak and Rebecca Spence. Palgrave Macmillan, 2020.
“Brontë countries: nation, gender and place in the literary landscapes of Haworth and Brussels.” Charlotte Brontë: Legacies and Afterlives, ed. Amber K. Regis and Deborah Wynne. Manchester University Press, 2017.
“'The Formation of a Surface': Europe in Charles Dickens's Little Dorrit.” Britain and the Narration of Travel in the 19th Century, ed. Kate Hill. Ashgate, 2016.
“'A perambulating mass of woollen goods': Bodies in transit in the mid-19th century railway journey.” Transport in British Fiction: Technologies of Movement 1840-1940, ed. Adrienne Gavin and Andrew Humphries. Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.
“A Tale of Two Londons: Shakespeare and Dickens in 2012.” Co-written with Peter Kirwan. Shakespeare on the Global Stage: Performance and Festivity in the Olympic Year, ed. Paul Prescott and Erin Sullivan. Arden/Bloomsbury, 2015.
“'Wandering like a wild thing': Rural mobility in George Eliot's Adam Bede and The Mill on the Floss.” Gender and Space in Rural Britain, 1840-1920, ed. Charlotte Mathieson and Gemma Goodman. Pickering and Chatto, 2014.
“Introduction: New Writings in Feminist Studies.” Journal of International Women’s Studies 18.3 (February 2017). Ed. with Laura Clancy; introduction, pp. 1-4.
“Introduction: New Writings in Feminist Studies.” Journal of International Women's Studies 17.2 (February 2016). Ed. with Kehinde Olowookere; introduction, pp. 1-4.
“Sex, Courtship and Marriage in Victorian Literature and Culture.” Victorian Network 4.2 (Winter 2012). Ed.; introduction, pp. 1-9. Books