Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Dr Charlotte Boyce


My research centres on nineteenth-century literature and culture, and Victorian representations of food, dining, hunger and fasting, in particular.  I have written articles on the relationship between Victorian cookery books and fiction, representations of hunger and famine in the 1840s and the politics of feast and fast in Tennyson’s Idylls of the King.  My next projects in this area will be a monograph on Victorian Hunger, which will trace the shifting meanings of and responses to ‘hunger’ in a variety of Victorian literary and cultural texts, and a cultural history of The Victorian Dining-Room.

I am also interested in Victorian constructions of celebrity and, together with Drs Páraic Finnerty and Ann-Marie Millim, have co-written a book on Victorian Celebrity and Tennyson’s Circle (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).  This book emerges out of the HEIF-funded project ‘Tennyson's Celebrity Circle: Cultural Interactions on the Isle of Wight’, which I co-directed with Dr Finnerty. For further information, visit http://tennysonscelebritycircle.port.ac.uk/.

Together with Dr Joan Fitzpatrick (Loughborough University), I am currently writing A History of Food in Literature (forthcoming, Routledge), a comprehensive critical overview of representations of food and consumption in literary and cultural texts from the medieval period to the twenty-first century.


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