Image of William Dyce, Pegwell_Bay, Kent: a Recollection of October 5th 1858

Victorian Literature

The newly-established Centre for Victorian Literature and Culture provides a stimulating and distinctive research environment for staff and students through seminars, conferences and collaborative research projects.

We seek to build on the high profile of Dickens studies at Kent. Our MA in Dickens and Victorian Culture is the only MA of its kind in the UK and the School of English is also a member of the Dickens Project, an international research consortium of prestigious universities such as Stanford, Columbia and Princeton.

The Centre for Victorian Literature and Culture places a particular emphasis on Victorian literature and culture associated with Kent and the southeast. From William Morris to Gertrude Jekyll, Charles Darwin to Anna Atkins, the southeast was associated with significant developments in literature, art, science and culture during the Victorian period that remain relevant in the twenty-first century such as how to live sustainably, how to balance nature and modernity, and what is the relation between local, national and cosmopolitan cultures.