Romantic and Victorian

The School of English at the University of Leicester has excellent research strengths in both Romantic and Victorian literature and culture – and in the connections between them.

A Lively Community

Lord Byron on his death bed
Joseph-Denis Odevaere, Byron on his Death Bed (c. 1826); Oil on canvas, 166 x 234.5 cm Groeninge Museum, Bruges (Public Domain)
We have a lively, international community of scholars and teachers, with interests ranging right across the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Innovative studies

In addition to innovative studies of major authors, such as Coleridge and De Quincey, Darwin and Dickens, members of the school have worked on topics as diverse as:

  • the nineteenth-century afterlives of Romantic poets,
  • the discourse of the sublime in poetry,
  • art and criticism,
  • Victorian theatre,
  • women writers and the nineteenth-century novel,
  • the connections between literature and scientific journalism,
  • women surgeons and female scientists,
  • Victorian sexualities and masculinities,
  • changing attitudes to the representation of war.

Victorian Studies Centre and events

One of rich resources is the Victorian Studies Centre. The centre annually runs the long-established spring seminar series and the annual Victorian Studies Lecture.

The School of English also hosts meetings of the Midlands Romantic Seminar: these series provide a forum for interdisciplinary discussion and a chance to hear the latest research from leading scholars.


The David Wilson Library has extensive holdings in Romantic and Victorian literature, excellent research facilities and dedicated research co-ordinators.

There are holdings of note on the works of Charles Dickens, and specialist collections such as the Higson collection of early children’s works and an outstanding collection of 19th century periodicals, reviews and magazines.

Specialists in the School

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