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Director of the Victorian Studies Centre and Research Director for the College of Arts, Humanities and Law, University of Leicester

My research interests lie in the Victorian period, and particularly in Victorian fiction and theatre, women's writing, the figure of the actress, Shakespeare and the Victorians, and Victorian historiography.
I am writing a monograph on the literature and culture of 1859, which aims to write a micro-history of that year, and to use it as a means of exploring our current understanding of the term 'Victorian'.


  • –present
    Director of the Victorian Studies Centre, University of Leicester