WHO WE ARE & WHAT WE DO
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RRR is committed to the publication (free of charge) of well-informed research into the long-nineteenth century.
We are particularly keen to support early career researchers and postgraduates.
WHAT WE DO
RRR publishes annually.
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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.
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 as soon as an issue of RRR is published, it will immediately be free for all to read.
Our commitment to assisting postgraduates and early career researchers 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 even the most basic of questions in order to help them hone their research into a highly respectable article.
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.
Yet a PGR leadership team in no way suggests that we adopt a laxer approach to academic integrity. 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.
THE EDITORIAL TEAM
Natasha Bharucha is a second-year 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.
Lecturer in French Studies, University of Southampton
Aude's 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.
Senior Lecturer, Liverpool Hope University
The primary focus of Trish's 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 third-year 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 (2021-22). He is the author of Romanticism and Film: Franz Liszt and Audio-Visual Explanation (Bloomsbury Academic, 2020) and the forthcoming Negation and Freedom: Film, Capitalism, and Romantic Critique (Bloomsbury Academic, 2023). Will is currently researching for his third and fourth monographs: Cultural Transcendence: The Philosophy of Morse Peckham (with David Dennen) and Capital and Carnival: The Cultural Representation of Work. His research interests include Romanticism in audio-visual media and philosophy, as well as the 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 O’Rourke is a 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 at the University of Exeter. Her thesis looks at the relationship between the New Woman’s emergence and the professionalism of women illustrators at the British fin de siècle as well as the New Woman’s visual representation and how women illustrators contributed to this representation. She completed an MA in Art History and Museum Curating with Photography at the University of Sussex, an MA in Photography at the University of Plymouth, and a BFA in Visual Art at The University of Kansas. She is currently a Postgraduate Representative for the University of Exeter’s Centre for Victorian Studies.
Fraser Riddell 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 Taylor 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.