Dr Paul Young
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My research interests focus predominantly upon the cultural dimensions of imperialism and globalization in the Victorian period. My first book, entitled Globalization and the Great Exhibition: The Victorian New World Order, was published as part of the Palgrave Studies in Nineteenth Century Writing and Culture Series in 2009 (http://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9780230520752).
Building upon this work, I have continued to explore how different forms of nineteenth-century Anglophone culture can be understood with relation to the heightened global connectivity and intensified world-level forces that characterized the period. An Andrew W. Mellon fellowship at the Huntington Library enabled me to carry out research on the relationship between nineteenth-century literature and technologies of globalization, particularly with regard to the overseas expansion of Victorian railways. My current research project draws on culinary, ecological and imperial history in order to consider the way in which Victorian and Edwardian adventure fiction can be read with relation to the growth of Britain’s global meat markets.
In teaching terms my research interests feed directly into the third-year module Imperial Encounters: The Victorians and their World as well as the MA module Critical and Literary Theory in a Global Context. But I also teach broadly across the syllabus and am always keen to see how thinking globally can expand, reorient and enrich the way in which we read and practice literary criticism and cultural theory.
I am currently serving as the Director of Exeter’s Centre for Victorian Studies (http://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/english/research/centres/victorian/).