Centre for Studies in Literature


Ms Sara Zadrozny

  • Role Title: PhD Student
  • Address: Milldam, Burnaby Road, Portsmouth, Hants PO1 3AS
  • Telephone:
  • Email: sara.zadrozny@port.ac.uk
  • Department: School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


I have a BA in English Literature and a MA in Children’s Literature from the University of Reading. My past research focussed on social and historical assumptions in children’s literature and this idea in assumed roles led to my current doctoral research on female ageing in Victorian literature and culture.

When I read that the Victorian gerontologist George Edward Day believed that women naturally aged before men, it led me to question the implications of this assumption.  As a result, my PhD focusses on the intersection between Victorian novels and medical narratives. I am exploring the idea of changed appearance and even the idea that ageing is punishment for past misdemeanours in ageing flesh: a subject that may be found in Victorian Gothic novels.

I am also looking at why nineteenth-century medical study appeared to progress and yet the Victorian novel adhered to Aristotelian ideas when writing about the female body. My research also negotiates the problems raised by anti-ageing advertisements which were targeted at women and supported by the medical narratives of the period.


  • Medical narratives
  • Gender
  • The Gothic novel
  • Archives


  • Body Politics