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

Charles Dickens

Professor Catherine Waters continues to research and publish widely in Dickens studies. She is currently working on a jointly-edited volume, Dickens and the Imagined Child. Professor Waters is also currently working on a project to restore the Macready-Dickens screen at Sherborne House. The screen is a four-leaf, folding scrap-work screen that was created at Sherborne House, Dorset, by William Macready and Charles Dickens (according to family report) in the 1850s. You can read more about the project on the Macready-Dickens screen website.

Emeritus Professor Malcolm Andrews has a forthcoming book, Dickensian Laughter: Essays on Dickens and Humour (OUP, 2013).

Honorary Research Fellow, Dr Michael Hollington, is the editor of the forthcoming The Reception of Charles Dickens in Europe (Bloomsbury, 2013).

Victorian sustainability, nature and environment

Dr Vybarr Cregan-Reid’s book, Discovering Gilgamesh: Geology, Narrative and the Historical Sublime in Victorian Culture, has been followed by a philosophical study of running, focusing on how writers, particularly nineteenth-century, apprehended time, space, place and sustainability, Footnotes: How Running Makes Us Human.

Aestheticism and pre-raphaelitism

Dr Sara Lyons is completing a book manuscript on Algernon Charles Swinburne and Walter Pater and has an article forthcoming on Pater and decadence.

Victorian journalism and print culture

Professor Catherine Waters is engaged in a collaborative, AHRC-funded project on ‘Special Correspondence’ in Victorian periodicals and newspapers. She has recently published two articles on G. A. Sala.

Victorian material culture

Professor Catherine Waters has recently published an article on Dickens and the material culture of mourning.

Theory & victorian literature

Dr Sarah Wood’s research engages with Derrida, Freud, and Cixous in approaching the work of Browning, Tennyson and other nineteenth-century poets. Her latest book, Without Mastery (EUP, 2013), examines the pleasure, rigour and strangeness of reading.

Dr Vybarr Cregan-Reid’s research engages with queer theory and contemporary ecocriticism.