My Research Blog draws together reflections, reviews and discussion relating to my research on travel and place in mid-19th century literature. I write about recent reading, events and talks I’ve attended, and ideas that I’ve been working on in my research, as well as reflecting on contemporary cultural news and events relating to the Victorian period – the Dickens bicentenary has provided a lot of material this year, but I also write about film adaptations, radio and tv series, and other instances of Victorians in the news.
I also run a teaching blog for my students taking my classes on The English Nineteenth-Century Novel. As well as providing extra material, resources and preparation questions, I write posts that encourage students to think ‘beyond the classroom’ about the wider and contemporary resonances of their work on the 19th century.
I am an Associate Fellow in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick, where I teach and research 19th century literature. My research explores mobility and travel in the mid-19th century novel, with particular interest in ideas of nation, place and space in the novels of Dickens, the Brontes, and Eliot. More about my research can be found here and I am on Twitter @cemathieson