Professor Gail Marshall

Gail MarshallBA (Durham) MA (Leeds) PhD (Cambridge)

Director of the Victorian Studies Centre

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In August 2014 I took over the role of Research Director for the College of Arts, Humanities and Law, which will curtail my undergraduate teaching for the next year or two. I will, however, still be contributing a special subject option module on the literature and culture of the fin de siècle, as well as lectures on Victorian topics to core modules. I will carry on being Director of the Victorian Studies Centre until January, and will also be contributing to the MA in Victorian Studies, with an option module on 1859.


I have on-going interests in Victorian theatre, Shakespeare’s Victorian after-life, the fin de siècle, and women’s lives and writings from the period. I am currently working on a monograph on the literature and culture of 1859, which aims to write a micro-history of that year, and to use it as a means of exploring the lived experience of those living in 1859, and our current understanding of the term ‘Victorian’. I will be using the life of George Eliot during that year as a means of organizing the narrative of the year, and am seeking funding to visit Yale in the near future, where I would like to read G. H. Lewes and George Eliot materials from that year.  I am writing up an essay on women’s fiction in that year for Adrienne Gavin and Carolyn Oulton’s collection of work on women’s writing in the 1840s and 1850s.  During the rest of this year, I will also be editing Margaret Oliphant’s novel Kirsteen for Joanne Shattock and Elisabeth Jay’s edition of Oliphant’s works.


I have supervised several students to completion on Victorian topics, most recently on the New Woman in periodicals from the 1890s. I am currently supervising students working on parent-child relationships in the plays of George Bernard Shaw, on boredom in nineteenth-century literature and culture, and Thomas Hardy.

I would be very happy to encourage applications for graduate work from students interested in Victorian fiction, women's writing, Victorian theatre, the fin de siecle, or Victorian historiography.

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