Dr Gowan Dawson
BA (East Anglia), MA (Nottingham), PhD (Sheffield)
Senior Lecturer in Victorian Literature
T: +44 (0)116 252 2779
Dr Dawson's main research interests are in the nineteenth-century, especially in the cultural history of Victorian science, as well as in the print culture of the period.
He is the author of Darwin, Literature and Victorian Respectability (Cambridge University Press, 2007), co-author of Science in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical: Reading the Magazine of Nature (Cambridge University Press, 2004), and co-editor of Culture and Science in the Nineteenth-Century Media (Ashgate, 2004). He is also the co-author of the online database Science in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical: An Electronic Index. Additionally, he is the guest editor, with Sally Shuttleworth, of a special number of the journal Victorian Poetry on ‘Science and Victorian Poetry’ (2003), and an associate editor of the Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism (British Library, 2009).
Dr Dawson has also written for Nature, American Scientist and the Times Literary Supplement, and presented a podcast on nineteenth-century representations of apes for the Endless Forms: Charles Darwin, Natural Science and the Visual Arts exhibition at The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.
Currently he is writing a book entitled 'Show Me the Bone': Fragmentary Fossils, Functionalist Palaeontology and the Reconstruction of Prehistoric Creatures in Nineteenth-Century British and American Culture, and is general editor, with Bernard Lightman, of an eight-volume series on Victorian Science and Literature (Pickering and Chatto, forthcoming).
- 'Show Me the Bone': Fossils, Palaeontology and Prehistoric Creatures in Nineteenth-Century British and American Culture
Dr Dawson would welcome postgraduate students (MA or PhD) with interests in any of the following areas of research:
- Mid- to Late Victorian literature
- Literature and science
- Pre-Raphaelite and Aesthetic writing
- Nineteenth-century journalism and print culture
Teaching and Administration
Dr Dawson teaches on the following undergraduate and MA courses:
- EN3020: Literature 1789-1870 (convenor)
- EN3030: Literature 1870-1945
- EN3000 Evolution and Entropy: The Sciences in Nineteenth-Century Literature
- EN3128 Late Victorian Gothic: Texts and Context
- MA in Victorian Studies: Approaches to Victorian Literature and Culture
- MA In Victorian Studies: Evolution and Entropy: Representations of the Sciences in Victorian Literature
Dr Dawson is the School of English's Director of Teaching. He also runs the Victorian Studies Centre spring seminar series.