Dr Ruth Livesey


I was an Editor of the Journal of Victorian Culture| ssin  s from 2009-2015 and am on the editorial board of 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century| and I am also on the advisory board of Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies|. I am on the steering group of the London Nineteenth-Century Studies Seminar at the Institute of English Studies and was acting Director of the Centre for Victorian Studies at Royal Holloway for several years and co-organised conferences and symposia under its auspices. Click the link for information about past and current events in the Centre for Victorian Studies. I have served as a member of the AHRC peer review college since 2012 and am currently Assistant Director of the TECHNE AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership, a consortium of seven HE institutions. My special focus in this new role is developing knowledge exchange and opportunities with our external partners in the museum and heritage sector.

Personal profile

I joined the department in 2002 from a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at Birkbeck College. I studied for a BA in English at Oxford and then moved into Women's Studies at Warwick University for Masters and Ph.D. degrees. I continue to enjoy research and teaching that is grounded in the close study of texts but which reaches out to larger political and social questions.

Research interests

My most recent book, Writing the Stage Coach Nation: Locality on the Move in Nineteenth-Century British Literature was published by Oxford University Press in September 2016. I completed the research for this study thanks to the  award of a Leverhulme Research Fellowship and a visiting fellowship at the Huntington Library in 2012-13. I am currently working on a new book-length project on George Eliot and her reading and re-writing of Midlands localism with the support of a College RSF grant. I supervise PhD students in a variety of fields relating to nineteenth-century literature, culture, and political thought during this time and am happy to respond to enquries from prospective graduate students. For a good insight into the lively field of Victorian Studies at the moment, take a look at the Journal of Victorian Culture online blog with free downloads from the Journal itself, reviews, and comment.

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