Victorian research group

Research in Victorian Studies at Exeter has a strong 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. Much of the work in Victorian Studies takes place under the aegis of Exeter's renowned Centre for Victorian Studies, the website for which provides more detailed information of staff and postgraduate research, events and activities.

An overview of research highlights, projects and activity within the Victorian research group:

  • 2007 £149,000 AHRC research grant for Dr John Plunkett and Dr Joe Kember for a three-year project examining Moving and Projected-Image Entertainment in the South West 1820-1914.
  • 2009 British Academy Research Development Award £89,963 for Professor Regenia Gagnier for the Global Circulation Project.
  • 2010 Leverhulme Visiting Professorship 2010  £33,350 for Professor Laura Doyle U Mass Amherst.
  • 2010 EPSRC: BRIDGING THE GAPS: The Exeter Science Exchange: Trading ideas to promote multi-disciplinary collaboration £612,095.
  • Outstanding archival and electronic resources including the Chris Brooks Collection, Hypatia Collection and Devon and Exeter Institute, The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, John Betjeman’s Library and papers of R. D. Blackmore and George Du Maurier.
  • Regular grants and fellowships from the AHRC, British Academy, Wellcome Trust, Huntington Library, Yale Centre for British Art and others.
  • Membership of the University of California Dickens Project with annual visits to California.
  • Programme of guest speakers and regular international conferences on topics such as Neo-Victorianism, Trollope and Gender, Institution, Exhibition, and Spectacle, Artistry and Industry, Victorian Criminalities, Darwin, Literature and Philosophy.
  • Research interests include fin de siècle; gender studies; popular literature; Victorian prosody; Hardy; periodical literature; science, technology and medicine; Darwin; the Great Exhibition and popular culture.
  • A distinguished Centre for Victorian Studies