I received my PhD from the University of Kent in 2011 where I spent four years teaching in the schools of English and History on subjects including Romanticism, critical theory, poetry, American crime fiction and literature & science. I’m currently completing a monograph on the work of Arthur Conan Doyle and his relationship to the Strand Magazine. Current projects also include a broader look at popular magazine fiction from the 1910s and the cultural impact of Gilbert and Sullivan’s light operas. I joined LJMU in the summer of 2012.

Contact Details

Office: 1.26, John Foster Building, Liverpool, L3 5UZ

Email: j.l.cranfield@ljmu.ac.uk

Tel.: 01512 315029


Research Interests:

  • Periodical Studies
  • Literature and Science
  • Twentieth-Century Victorians
  • The Work of Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Popular Culture and Ideology Critique

I am interested in supervising work at MRes and PhD level on all of these topics.



In 2013/4 I am convening 5045 “Romanticism and the Real” and teaching on 4011 “Reading English”, 5000 “Literary and Cultural Theory” and 6036 “Vamps and Villains”.



  • Twentieth-Century Victorian: Arthur Conan Doyle and the Strand Magazine, 1891-1930 (Edinburgh University Press, Critical Studies in Victorian Culture Series, 2016)

Co-Edited Book

  • Fan Phenomena: Sherlock Holmes (Intellect/University of Chicago Press, 2014)

Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • ‘Sherlock’s Slums: The Periodical as an Environmental Form’ Textual Practice 28-2 (March, 2014): 215-241.
  • ‘Arthur Conan Doyle, H. G. Wells and the Strand Magazine’s Long 1901: From Baskerville to the Moon’ English Literature in Transition1880-1920 56-1 (January, 2013): 1-30.
  • ‘Cultures of Aversion: The BNP,Question Time and the Structure of Fascist Rhetoric’ Wasafiri4 (December, 2012): 20-27).
  • ‘Chivalric Machines: The Boer War, the Male Body and the Grand Narrative inThe Strand Magazine, 1899-1902’ Victorian Literature and Culture 40-2 (September, 2012): 549-573.

Book Chapters

  • ‘Sherlock Holmes, Fan Culture and Fan Letters’ in Fan Phenomena: Sherlock Holmes (Intellect/University of Chicago Press, 2014): 66-79.
  • ‘Introduction’ in Fan Phenomena: Sherlock Holmes (Intellect/University of Chicago Press, 2014): 5-8.


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