About the Centre

Based within the College of Humanities, the Centre for Victorian Studies promotes interdisciplinary research and teaching in all aspects of nineteenth-century literature, culture and media. The Centre has a growing national and international reputation as a result of its intellectual expertise, strong archival holdings, thriving postgraduate community and internationally recognised academic events.

Research fostered by the Centre has a wide historical and conceptual scope. Current projects include Women and Industrial Design, Hardy and Science, Victorian Globalization, Optical Entertainments, nineteenth-century gothic in the South West, sexology and sexual knowledge, a joint biography of Benjamin and Mary Disraeli, Robert Louis Stevenson, decadent poetics, poetics and Historical Prosody, and early film. All of these draw on Exeter’s rich archives: the Chris Brooks Collection of Victorian Literature and Culture and the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum.