Dr Charlotte Mathieson

Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century English Literature
PhD in English literature (University of Warwick, 2011)
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Academic and research departments

School of Literature and Languages.



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.

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 collectionsMobilities, 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.

Research interests

My research interests include

  • Victorian fiction
  • Travel literature
  • Mobilities studies
  • Cultural geographies
  • Gender and feminist theory
  • Medical humanities
  • Neo-Victorian fiction

Departmental duties

Programme Leader for BA English Literature and BA English Literature and/with minor pathways

My teaching

My publications



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.


Peer-reviewed articles

‘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).


Book chapters

“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.


Journal editions

“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