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Victorian literature and science, evolution, animal mimicry 

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American literature since 1880, the history of science, poetics, gender and sexuality, childhood, media, and visual culture

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Eighteenth-century literature and philosophy, automata, personhood, cosmopolitanism

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Victorian literature and material culture, illustration, book history, and children’s literature

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Victorian literature (especially poetry), nineteenth-century non-fictional prose, painting and photography, visual perception, photography theory

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Literary texts' relations to printmaking and book illustration from the late eighteenth century to the present day, ekphrasis, creative writing


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American and British literature and culture of the nineteenth century, the history of public speech and rhetoric, forms of media and technology, ethical thought, non-fiction aesthetics

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Inter-relations of philosophy, natural philosophy, and political economy in the eighteenth century, together with their connections with literary culture 

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Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American and transatlantic literature, continental  philosophy, and the history of science

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Literary and cultural oppositions to laissez-faire economics across the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, primitivist literature, the Scottish Enlightenment


Will Abberley

Richard Adelman


Hannah Field


Natalia Cecire


Andrea Haslanger


Michael Jonik


Catherine Packham


Lindsay Smith


Bethan Stevens


Tom Wright




Richard Adelman, 'Ventriloquism and idleness in J. M. Coetzee’s Life & Times of Michael K', Textual Practice, 30:4 (2016): 599-620.


Will Abberley, 'Animal cunning: deceptive nature and truthful science in Charles Kingsley’s natural theology', Victorian Studies, 58:1 (2016): 34-56.


Michael Jonik, 'Mind and matter in early America: the Berkeley-Johnson correspondence', The Pluralist, 11:1 (2016): 39-48.


Bethan Stevens, India-proofs of wood-engravings by the Brothers Dalziel (London: British Museum, 2016).


Will Abberley, English fiction and the evolution of language, 1850-1914 (Cambridge University Press, 2015).


Natalia Cecire, 'Experimentalism by contact', Diacritics, 43:1 (2015): 6-35.


Natalia Cecire, 'Environmental innocence and slow violence', Women's Studies Quarterly, 43:1-2 (2015): 164-180.


Natalia Cecire, 'Everybody's authority', PMLA, 130:2 (2015): 453-460.


Natalia Cecire, 'Ways of not reading Gertrude Stein', ELH: English Literary History, 82:1 (2015): 281-312.


Richard Adelman, “Keats and The Sociability of Idle Contemplation”, Poetica, 82 (January, 2015): 21-38.


Hannah Field, Maria Sachiko Cecire, Kavita Mudan Finn and Malini Roy (eds.), Space and place in children's literature, 1789 to the present (London: Ashgate, 2015).


Andrea Haslanger, 'The cynic as cosmopolitan animal', in Nagai, Jones, Landry, Mattfeld, Rooney and Sleigh (eds.), Cosmopolitan Animals (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), pp. 29-42.


Lindsay Smith, Lewis Carroll: photography on the move (London: Reaktion, 2015).


Will Abberley, 'Language decay and creation in apocalyptic fiction', in Germana, Monica and Mousoutzanis, Aris (eds.) Apocalyptic Discourse in Contemporary Culture: Post-Millennial Perspectives on the End of the World (London: Routledge, 2014).


Richard Adelman, 'Idleness and Creativity: Between Neo-Classicism and Romanticism', in Idleness, Indolence and Leisure in English Literature, eds. M. Fludernik & M. Nandi (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2014), pp. 174-94.


Will Abberley, '"His father's voice": phonographs and heredity in the fiction of Samuel Butler', 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, 18 (2014).


Andrea Haslanger, 'From man-machine to woman-machine: automata, fiction, and femininity in Dibdin's Hannah Hewit and Burney's Camilla', Modern Philology, 111:4 (2014): 788-817.


Michael Jonik, '"The péripéties of the contest": risk, love, and anarchism in James’s The Princess Casamassima and Conrad’s The secret agent', English Academy Review: Southern African Journal of English Studies, 31:2 (2014): 20-34.


Catherine Packham, '"The common grievance of the revolution": bread, the grain trade, and political economy in Mary Wollstonecraft’s View of the French Revolution', European Romantic Review, 25:6 (2014): 705-722.


Bethan Stevens, 'Spekphrasis: writing about lost works of art', Critical Quarterly, 55:4 (2014): 54-64.


Tom Wright, 'Proclaiming the war news: Richard Caton Woodville and Herman Melville', in Laura Ashe and Ian Patterson (eds.), War and Literature (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2014).


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