My main teaching and research interests lie in the nineteenth century. I have published books on women and radical culture and on gender and fatherhood, and I am one of the editors of the Journal of Victorian Culture. Currently I am working on a study of crime, punishment and rehabilitation based on the work of the prison visitor Sarah Martin with inmates at Yarmouth Gaol. I am also part of a group working to establish a digital archive of working-class writing to be hosted by Liverpool John Moores University. I am happy to supervise postgraduate research in any of area of nineteenth-century studies but welcome especially students interested in working on inmate culture and prison writing, working-class culture and expression, or on life-writing. Supervisions to date include: Chartist poetry; Punch and public health reform; Blake, the Occult and The Marriage of Heaven and Hell; conservative working-class writers; the garrotting panic in the 1860s; revelatory writing at the fin de siecle.

Research

I am happy to supervise postgraduate research in any of area of nineteenth-century studies but welcome especially students interested in working on inmate culture and prison writing, working-class culture and expression, or on life-writing. Supervisions to date include: Chartist poetry; Punch and public health reform; Blake, the Occult and The Marriage of Heaven and Hell; Conservative working-class writers; the garrotting panic in the 1860s; revelatory writing at the Fin-de-Siecle.

Since 2008 I have been an editor of the Journal of Victorian Culture, which promotes the best work on all aspects of nineteenth-century society and culture: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/rjvc.

 

Teaching

I came to Liverpool John Moores University in 1995 after teaching at the University of Exeter for a year. I run most of my classes as workshops and encourage students to work together to prepare and lead discussions. My courses include: Romanticism, Realism and Reform: Literature and Society in Britain, 1790-1850; Conflicts of Culture: Literature and Society in Britain, 1850-1900; Prison Voices: Crime, Conviction and Confession, c. 1700-1900; Writing Lives:  Collaborative Research Project – The Archive of Working-Class Writing; Theoretical and Critical Perspectives

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