Centre for Studies in Literature

Nineteenth-century literature and culture

The Centre's research in the area of Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture covers British, American and European writing. Members of this subject area are currently engaged in research projects on Victorian visual culture; the relationship between literature and nineteenth-century material culture; empire writing; science, evolutionary theory, and ecology; transatlantic literature, European literary decadence and fin-de-siècle culture; and nineteenth-century food cultures. Monographs have been published on Vernon Lee and Emily Dickinson; and Victorian detective fiction, as well as edited collections on Vernon Lee; Neo-Victorian literature; and Transatlantic Decadence.

Several researchers are also engaged in projects that focus on Portsmouth's rich literary history, and have been involved in producing publications, arranging events, and setting up websites that relate to writers such as Dickens, Conan Doyle and Tennyson all of whom had connections with Portsmouth and/or the Isle of Wight (see links provided below), drawing on the area’s wealth of nineteenth-century resources such as the Richard Lancelyn Green, Conan Doyle collection at the Portsmouth City Museum, the Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum and  City Archives.  Members also have strong links with the Julia Margaret Cameron Trust: Dimbola Museums and Galleries.

Researchers working in this area are:


The Victorian Literary Heritage project centres on Victorian figures of global importance that have significant links with Portsmouth and/or the Isle of Wight, such as Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

Dickens and the Victorian City: http://www.dickens.port.ac.uk/

Tennyson’s Celebrity Circle: http://tennysonscelebritycircle.port.ac.uk/

Afterlives: Mrs Dickens in Fact and Fiction:

Selected publications

Covers of books by the Nineteenth Century Literature and Culture team
Covers of books by the Nineteenth Century Literature and Culture team