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From MA students to emeritus professors
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Our Editorial Board
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Natasha Bharucha is a doctoral candidate in English Literature at Oxford University, funded by the AHRC and Christ Church. Her thesis explores representations of walking in early nineteenth-century periodical essays, primarily focusing on London. Her broader research interests include urban history, embodiment, the essay form, prose style, and periodical culture.
Dan is a PhD student at Loughborough University. He is rediscovering animals in the history of vegetarianism through an exploration of animal-human interaction in the writings of Victorian and Edwardian vegetarians. He is also interested in the Romantic genealogy of late-Victorian and Edwardian vegetarian thought and animal sensibilities. More broadly, his research interests include animal ethics, nonviolence, ecological thought, transcendentalism, and evolutionary thought.
David is Professor of Modern History at the University of Southampton. He has published widely on C19 British history, including the books Palmerston and the Politics of Foreign Policy, 1846-55 (Manchester UP, 2002); Palmerston: A Biography (Yale UP, 2010). His Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship (2019-22) has supported his work on a scholarly edition of The Diaries of the Seventh Earl of Shaftesbury to be published in 4 volumes in the British Academy Records of Social and Economic History series (published by Oxford University Press). David has also been editor of the Southampton Records Series since 2013.
Aude is a Lecturer in French Studies at the University of Southampton. Her current research interests include the relation between science and literature, and the representation of ‘the monstrous family' in Francophone literature. She is finishing a book based on her PhD, Fleurs monstrueuses: histoire d'une métamorphose, Littérature, femmes et botanique, describing the links between visual and textual representations of flowers, and the monstrous representation of women during the late nineteenth century. At the same time, she is working on the contemporary Lebanese-born Canadian playwright, painter and director Wajdi Mouawad and how he explores the family as a metaphor and origin of the Lebanese civil war.
Trish is Senior Lecturer at Liverpool Hope University. The primary focus of her research is on Victorian literature and culture. She has a monograph entitled Thomas Hardy's Legal Fictions (Edinburgh University Press, 2013) and an edited collection of essays entitled Victorian Time: Technologies, Standardizations, Catastrophes (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and is co-editor of a collection of essays on neglected Victorian writers, Victorian Fiction beyond the Canon (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). She recently completed a monograph on Maud Gonne (forthcoming with UCD Press) and is currently editing a companion volume to Victorian Time, entitled Literature and Modern Time: Technological Modernity, Glimpses of Eternity, Experiments with Time (forthcoming with Palgrave Macmillan).
Gemma is a Techne-funded PhD candidate at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her thesis explores the relationship between politics and emotion in socialist women's writing between 1880 and 1939, with a particular focus on the politics of sympathy and care, and the novel form. More broadly, she is interested in the relationship between socialism, feminism, gender and class at the fin de siècle and beyond. Gemma was Editor-in-Chief from January 2022 - January 2023 for RRR's fifth issue, 'Radical Thinking in the Long Nineteenth Century', and Deputy Editor for Issue 4.
Pauline is a PhD candidate at Université Paris Cité (France). She holds a MA in Romantic and Victorian Literary Studies from Durham University. Her current doctoral research focuses on the poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley, with a particular emphasis on the notions of event, efficacy, and potentiality. More broadly, she is interested in literary theory and politics, but also in British Romanticism and France. She has published articles in Postgraduate English and Romanticism on the Net.
Will Kitchen was Teaching Fellow in Film Studies at the University of Southampton and Visiting Tutor at Arts University Bournemouth. He is the author of Romanticism and Film: Franz Liszt and Audio-Visual Explanation (Bloomsbury Academic, 2020), Film, Negation and Freedom: Capitalism and Romantic Critique (Bloomsbury Academic, 2023), and editor of ReFocus: The Films of Lindsay Anderson (Edinburgh University Press, TBD). He is currently researching several further books, including the world’s first monograph on Romantic scholar Morse Peckham. His interests include Romanticism in audio-visual media and philosophy, as well as the cultural representation of genius, leadership, and labour.
Beth Mills is a researcher in Victorian literature and science. Her SWW-DTP-funded doctoral thesis at the Universities of Exeter and Reading examined the interplay between science and fiction in the work of the late-Victorian writer, Grant Allen, in which she analysed representations of scientific identity, evidence, and knowledge in Allen’s short stories, detective fiction, and scientific writings. Beth has a strong interest in Digital Humanities, having worked on the ‘Hardy and Heritage’ digitisation project, a collaboration between the University of Exeter and the Dorset County Museum, and as a Research and Editorial Assistant for the online platforms for peer-reviewed nineteenth-century scholarship, BRANCH and COVE.
Stephanie is Senior Lecturer in Art History at the University of St. Andrews, where she specializes in the visual culture of Europe and its colonial networks in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Her first book (Art, Science, and the Body in Early Romanticism; 2021) examines the relationship between art and the production of scientific knowledge at the dawn of the nineteenth century. She holds a BA from Harvard University and a PhD from Columbia University.
Michelle Reynolds is a PhD student in Art History and Visual Culture and English at the University of Exeter. Her thesis is on the relationship between the professionalisation of Victorian and Edwardian women illustrators and cartoonists in Britain and the emergence of the New Woman feminist ideal and cultural icon. More broadly, her research interests include art and literature from the nineteenth to the early twentieth centuries, focusing on women artists and writers, gender and sexuality, print and exhibition culture, photography, film, and fashion. She is a PGR Representative for the University of Exeter's Centre for Victorian Studies.
Fraser is Assistant Professor in English and Medical Humanities in the Department of English Studies, Durham University. His research focusses on gender, sexuality and the body in Victorian and early twentieth-century literature. His monograph Music and the Queer Body in English Literature at the Fin de Siècle was published by Cambridge University Press in April 2022. Other recent work includes a chapter on Vernon Lee, Mary Robinson and queer pastoral soundscapes in The Victorian Idyll (Routledge, forthcoming) and a translation of Lee's essay on ‘Aristocratic Pastorals’ (Fanfulla della domenica, 1885) in Studies in Walter Pater and Aestheticism. He is currently working on a project on touch and tactility in Victorian literature, which draws upon theories of neurodiversity to investigate the descriptive styles of sensory perception.
Ellen Smith is an AHRC Midlands4Cities DTP-funded history PhD researcher under the supervision of Professor Clare Anderson at the University of Leicester and Dr Kate Smith at the University of Birmingham. Her thesis is titled ‘Communication, Intimacy and Creativity: Reconstructing Family Life in Colonial South Asia through Letter Forms, 1857-1929’. Her work explores the social and cultural history of the British Empire, particularly the connections made between Britain and India through familial correspondence over the long nineteenth century.
Claudia Sterbini is a PhD student at Edinburgh University. Her project, funded by AHRC through SGSAH, explores the construction of pathological asexuality in Victorian fiction. Alongside her role with RRR, she is on the referee panel of the publication The Wellsian. She has presented widely on the gothic, asexuality and the medical humanities.
Benedict is Reader in Music at the University of Edinburgh. His teaching and research focuses on the music of the long nineteenth century. Rooted in detailed analytical engagement with music, his work nonetheless seeks to explore the intersection between technical analysis and wider questions of meaning (cultural, historical, and philosophical). Publications include The Melody of Time: Music and Temporality in the Romantic Era (Oxford, 2016), Music, Subjectivity, and Schumann (Cambridge, 2022), and, as editor, The Cambridge Companion to Music and Romanticism (2021). He is editor-in-chief of Music & Letters and general editor of Cambridge University Press’s Music in Context series.
Sophie Thompson is a CHASE funded PhD researcher at the University of Kent. Her thesis examines the representation of childhood in British socialist literature of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century and how this intersects with emerging social and scientific concerns about the environment. Sophie’s research interests include the culture and aesthetics of the fin-de-siècle, literary representations of place and environment, Victorian eco-criticism and children’s literature of the nineteenth and early twentieth century.
Clare Walker Gore
Clare Walker Gore is a Lecturer in English Literature at the Open University having previously held a Junior Research Fellowship at Trinity College, Cambridge. Her doctoral work was on disability and Victorian fiction, and her first book, Plotting Disability in the Nineteenth-Century Novel, was published by Edinburgh University Press in 2019. She has co-edited a collection of essays on the work of Charlotte M. Yonge (forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan, 2023), and is currently pursuing a project on Victorian women novelists' life writing.
Megan is a TECHNE-funded PhD student at the University of Surrey working in English Literature. Megan's project reads late Victorian and early modernist literature in the context of contemporaneous anarchist thought and praxis, showing that anarchism’s widespread influence on the production, circulation, and reception of literature at this time created new social and aesthetic relationships across class, gender, and national boundaries.
About Romance, Revolution and Reform
a diamond open-access research journal
RRR is an online interdisciplinary research journal that works alongside the Southampton Centre for Nineteenth Century Research (SCNR) with the shared aim of facilitating discussion about all aspects of the long nineteenth century. It was founded in 2017 by Zack White and Katie Holdway.
We are proud to adopt a forward-thinking approach in all aspects of our work. We have an instantaneous, fully open access policy, which means that there are no publication fees for authors and as soon as an issue of RRR is published, it will immediately be free for all to read.
Supporting our Authors
a welcoming atmosphere
We have a strong commitment to assisting postgraduates and early career researchers that makes us truly innovative, and we are committed to assisting and supporting our authors in reworking their articles. We offer detailed advice and an open and sympathetic atmosphere within which inexperienced scholars can develop their work, and ask any question, however basic, in order to help them hone their research into a highly respected article, well recieved by the research comm.
That aim of assisting PGRs in gaining the experience that they need is most obvious in our board structure, as the most senior positions on the editorial board can only be held by PGRs.
Highested Academic Standard
rigourous double-blind review
All articles published in RRR are subjected to a rigorous double-blind review, and our editorial team consists of both PGRs and established academics from across the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, who work alongside us to ensure that every article published is of the highest standard. We also guarantee that our double-blind reviewers will only ever be established academics, with a strong reputation in the field of your research.
Equally, we are by no means a ‘PGR only’ journal, and have published research by both emerging and established scholars: from MA Students to Emeritus Professors. We exist to facilitate discussion across the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences about the long nineteenth century, and any articles which contribute to that vision are welcome. Nor do we solely publish articles. Each issue also includes reviews of books, museum exhibitions, productions, or reports on conference proceedings.