I am a PhD student at the Research Centre for Literature and Cultural History. Prior to my PhD, I graduated from the University of Salford with a first-class BA (Hons) in English Literature, and from the University of Chester’s Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture MA, for which I achieved a distinction. My BA and MA dissertations focussed on the popular sensation fiction writer Ellen Wood (1814-1887), author of the bestselling East Lynne (1861).

My main research interests are Victorian popular fiction, periodicals, and women’s writing, all ofwhich feature in my PhD thesis, which explores the professional identities with which Ellen Wood successfully negotiated the saturated Victorian literary marketplace.

There is a wealth of Wood’s fiction as well as her professional strategies as an editor and writer that have yet to receive sufficient academic attention. I hope to contribute to the emerging research into the connections between women writers, periodicals, and professional identities by establishing Wood as a significant figure in terms of self-promotion, marketing, and popular fiction during the mid-Victorian period.

I have attended and given papers at several conferences, and I am currently teaching on LJMU English’s first-year module “Literature in Context”. You can follow me and my research progress on Twitter via @chloeholland and on my blog (http://chloeholland.blogspot.co.uk), where you’ll find updates regarding my life as an early-career researcher, my journey as a PhD candidate, and occasional posts and tweets about my love for Manchester City FC.

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