Barbara Franchi Report on Dickens Universe, 2-9 August 2014, University of California, Santa Cruz

Barbara Franchi is a PhD candidate and Assistant Lecturer at the School of English, University of Kent. Her doctoral project examines the tension between the material and the ideal in A. S. Byatt’s fiction, through the lens of intertextuality. Her research interests include Victorian and Neo-Victorian fiction, fairy tales and children’s literature, gender and queer studies, and contemporary British fiction. You can contact her via email at She tweets from @barbara_franchi and her blog can be found at

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