Professor Patricia Pulham

Professor of Victorian Literature
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Academic and research departments

School of Literature and Languages.



Patricia Pulham is Professor of Victorian Literature, Secretary of the British Association for Victorian Studies and editor of the EUP journal, Victoriographies. She completed her doctorate at Queen Mary, University of London in 2001, and taught at Brunel, Goldsmiths, Birkbeck and QMUL, where she was Lecturer in Poetry from 2002-03. In 2004, she was appointed to a lectureship in English literature at the University of Portsmouth. She joined the University of Surrey in 2017, having previously held a Readership and a series of research leadership roles at Portsmouth University. From 2012-15, she was Director of the university's Centre for Studies in Literature and, more recently, led major research projects in Victorian literary heritage and celebrity culture, collaborating with Dimbola Museum & Galleries, Isle of Wight, on the cultural heritage of Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron, and with Hampshire Library Services on the region's cultural associations with Lewis Carroll and his writings. Patricia is a member of the AHRC's Peer-Review College, and sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of Neo-Victorian Studies, Palgrave Communications, and Volupté.

She has supervised several PhD students to completion and is currently supervising theses on fashion in neo-Victorian writing; Vernon Lee's supernatural fiction; water, women and hydropathy in nineteenth-century fiction; and a TECHNE-funded PhD project on myth and allegory in the work of G.F. Watts with colleagues at Surrey, Royal Holloway and the Watts Gallery. Patricia has examined numerous PhD theses in the UK and abroad, most recently at the University of Málaga and the Australian National University. She welcomes enquiries from prospective PhD students wishing to study in any of the following areas: decadence, aestheticism, Victorian literature and visual cultures, late-Victorian Gothic, spiritualism, or neo-Victorian fiction.

Patricia is currently completing a monograph on the sculptural body in Victorian literature which will be published by Edinburgh University Press.


Research interests

My publications


Nicol B, McNulty E, Pulham P (2011)Crime Culture: Figuring Criminality in Fiction and Film Continuum International Publishing Group
Arias Rosario, Pulham Patricia (2019)Introduction: Material Traces in Neo-Victorianism, In: Victoriographies9(3)pp. 213-221 Edinburgh University Press
Pulham Patricia (2019)Traces of Wilde: Fact and Fiction in Dorian: An Imitation and The Picture of John Gray, In: Victoriographies9(3)pp. 298-315 Edinburgh University Press
(2019)Victoriographies9(3) Edinburgh University Press Ltd