Before joining the department, I studied at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, the University of Kent, and the University of Oxford, earning my PhD from King's College London in 2010. My research focuses on British literature of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, with a particular focus on interfaces between literary production and the history of science and media.
- Elected Member of the Executive Board of the International Association of Professors of English (2018-)
- Elected Chair of the Junges Kolleg, Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften (2017-19, reelection 2018)
- Degree Course Convenor Gender Studies (BA minor subject) (2015-16)
- Deputy Equal Opportunities Officer, Fakultät für Sprach-, Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaften, Universität Regensburg (2011-12)
- Student Councillor, IAA, Universität Regensburg (2009-)
- Elected Research Associate, Darwin College, University of Cambridge (2016-17, 6 months)
- Junior Fellowship, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) (2013-14)
- Visiting Postdoctoral Researcher, English Department, Rutgers (2012-13)
Fellowships and Prizes
- Habilitation Award 2019, Universität Regensburg (2019)
- Award for Excellence in Teaching, Fakultät für Sprach-, Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaften, Universität Regensburg (2015)
- Elected Junior Fellow of the Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften & Elected Member of the Junges Kolleg (2014)
- Elected Fellow of the Young Academy of Europe (2014)
- Elected Member of the International Association of University Professors of English (2014)
- Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, Volkswagen Stiftung (2012-13)
- Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, DAAD (2012-13, declined)
- PhD Scholarship, Gerda Henkel Foundation (2007-2009)
- Robert's Grant, King's College London (2009)
- Student-led Initiative Award, British Arts and Humanities Research Council (2008-2009)
- Postgraduate Scholarship, School of European Languages and Cultures, University of Kent (2005-2006)
- Scholar of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes) (2003-2007)
My main research interests are in British literature of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and in the history of science.
My first monograph, Charles Dickens and the Sciences of Childhood: Popular Medicine, Child Health and Victorian Culture, was published with Palgrave Macmillan’s Series in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture in 2013. In this book, I explore how Dickens’s engagement with novel medical and scientific conceptions of the child, and with disputes over scientific credit and prestige, shaped the development of his narrative techniques and aesthetic imagination. I also examine how Dickensian child characters were appropriated by diverse medical institutions and proponents of certain scientific theories in order to bolster claims to scientific authority, to rally support for new methods of medical research and to invest them with prestige and legitimacy.
Like my first monograph, my current work is interdisciplinary in nature. It explores exchanges and collaborations between eighteenth-century literary writers and antiquaries who shared an interest in Britain's material, tangible past. I am particularly interested in how many of the emerging prose genres of the eighteenth century - such as the domestic tour, the antiquarian romance, the historical novel and some varieties of the Gothic novel - evolved through a sustained engagement with new forms of historical experience engenderend by encounters with the material traces of the past.
My articles have appeared in Studies in the Novel, SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, Victorian Review, Word & Image, Textual Practice, and Journal for the Study of British Cultures. I am the editor of a volume of essays on nineteenth-century concepts of materiality and embodied experience (Bodies and Things in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture, Palgrave Macmillan 2012), and co-editor of a collection on old age and aging in nineteenth-century literature and culture (Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Aging in Nineteenth-Century Culture, Routledge 2013) as well as of a ‘New Agenda’ issue of the Journal of Victorian Culture on urban mobility and street culture in nineteenth-century London (Urban Mobility: New Maps of Victorian London = Journal of Victorian Culture, 15.2 (2010)).
Victoria Mills and I have recently co-edited a special issue entitled "Mediating the Materiality of the Past, 1700-1930" for Word & Image. Together with Stephan Karschay, I'm currently putting togther a special issue on "Gothic Ecologies, 1800-Today" for the Journal for the Study of British Cultures.
Noah Heringman, Crystal B. Lake, Matthew Reeve and I are at work on a critical, fully annotated digitial edition of the influential eighteenth-century antiquarian plate book series Vetusta Monumenta. Follow our progress here: Vetusta Monumenta: Ancient Monuments.
Tangible Pasts: Fiction, Antiquarian Practices, and British Culture, 1700-1830. In preparation.
Charles Dickens and the Sciences of Childhood: Popular Medicine, Child Health and Victorian Culture. Palgrave Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture Series. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
Gothic Ecologies in British Culture: From the Eighteenth Century to the Present. =Special issue of the Journal for the Study of British Cultures. [Co-edited with Stephan Karschay]. In preparation.
Anglistentag 2017 Regensburg. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2018. [ Co-edited with Anne-Julia Zwierlein, Jochen Petzold, and Martin Decker].
Mediating the Materiality of the Past, 1700-1930. = Special Issue of Word & Image 33.3 (2017). [Co-edited with Victoria Mills].
Vetusta Monumenta: Ancient Monuments. Digital edition. 2015. Digital humanities project in conjunction with Noah Heringman, Crystal B. Lake and Matthew Reeve. vetustamonumenta.org
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Aging in Nineteenth-Century Culture. New York: Routledge, 2013. [ Co-edited with Anne-Julia Zwierlein and Anna Farkas].
Bodies and Things in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture. Palgrave Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture Series. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
Urban Mobility: New Maps of Victorian London. ‘New Agenda’ Issue of the Journal of Victorian Culture 15.2 (2010). [Co-edited with Josephine McDonagh].
‘Crossover Fiction and the Adolescent Economy of Writing in the Works of Margo Lanagan’, Textual Practice 33.6 (2019), 1005-23.
‘Empiricism, Antiquarian Fieldwork and the (In)Visibilization of the Past in the Early Eighteenth Century’, Mediating the Materiality of the Past, 1700-1930 = Special Issue of Word & Image 33.3 (2017), 257-66.
‘Introduction: Mediating the Materiality of the Past,1700-1930’, Mediating the Materiality of the Past, 1700-1930 = Special Issue of Word & Image 33.3 (2017), 233-39.
‘Popular Antiquities: Romantic Antiquarianism and the Historicization of Merry England’, Journal for the Study of British Cultures, 23.1 (2016). 57-73.
‘The Economics of Intellectual Labor in Thomas Middleton's City Comedies’, SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, 56.2 (2016), 551-72.
‘Historiography and the Material Imagination in the Novels of Sarah Waters’, Studies in the Novel 43.2 (2011), 237-57.
‘Introduction: Urban Mobility’ [with J. McDonagh], Journal of Victorian Culture (‘New Agenda’ Issue Urban Mobility: New Maps of Victorian London) 15.2 (2010), 194-200.
‘Charles Dickens, the Social Mission of Pediatrics, and the Great Ormond Hospital for Sick Children’, Victorian Review 35.1 (2009), 115-35.
‘"Antiquity is a vast country": The Objects of Romantic Antiquarianism.’ Edinburgh Companion to Romanticisim and the Arts. Ed. Maureen McCue and Sophie Thomas. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2021.
‘Antiquarian Pygmalions: The Female Body, Ancient Statuary and the Idea of Imaginative Transport in the Eighteenth Century’. Sculpture, Sexuality and History, Encounters in Literature, Culture and the Arts from the Eighteenth Century to the Present. Ed. Jana Funke and Jennifer Grove. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan,2019. 35-56.
‘"I am everyone": Kollektiv und Ich-Narrative in Salman Rushdies Midnight's Children und The Moor's Last Sigh.’Vom unrettbaren zum wiedergefundenen Ich: Identitätsnarrative im 20. Jahrhundert. Ed. Heribert Tommek und Christian Steltz. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2016. 233-53.
‘Enlightenment Fictions and Objects: The Bluestockings and the Matter of History.’ Anglistentag 2014 Proceedings. Ed. Rainer Emig and Jana Gohrisch. Heidelberg: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2015. 203-12.
‘Gender and Medical Realism in the Poetry of Donald Hall.’ Gender and Disease in Literary and Medical Cultures. Ed. Anne-Julia Zwierlein and Iris Heid. Heidelberg: Winter, 2014. 193-212.
‘Transatlanticism and the Old Indian: Old Age and Cross-Racial Mentorship in Narratives of National Belonging.’ Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Aging in Nineteenth-Century Culture. Ed. Katharina Boehm, Anna Farkas and Anne-Julia Zwierlein. New York: Routledge, 2013. 95-114.
‘Introduction’ [with Anna Farkas and Anne-Julia Zwierlein]. Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Aging in Nineteenth-Century Culture. Ed. Katharina Boehm, Anna Farkas and Anne-Julia Zwierlein. New York: Routledge, 2013. 1-17.
‘Armut, Affekt und Sozialkritik in Dickens’ Christmas Carol und der Viktorianischen Presse.’ ‚Klassiker‘ der Internationalen Jugendliteratur: Kulturelle und epochenspezifische Diskurse aus der Sicht der Fachdisziplinen. Ed. Anita Schilcher and Claudia Pechner. Baltmannsweiler: Schneider-Verlag Hohengehren, 2013. 139-56.
‘Bodies and Things in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture: Introduction’. Bodies and Things in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture. Ed. Katharina Boehm. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, 1-16.
‘Malthusianism and Anatomical Science in Charles Dickens’s Oliver Twist’, Anglistentag 2007 Proceedings. Ed. Klaus Stierstorfer. Heidelberg: Winter, 2008, 425-34.
Shorter Contributions and Reviews
Review of Simon Goldhill's The Buried Life of Things: How Objects Made History in Nineteenth-Century Britain, Notes and Queries. Forthcoming June 2016.
‘Tutbury Castle & Melbourne Castle.’ Vetusta Monumenta: Ancient Monuments. Ed. Noah Heringman, Crystal Lake, Matthew Reeve and Katharina Boehm. vetustamonumenta.org.
‘Eleanor Cross.’ Vetusta Monumenta: Ancient Monuments. Ed. Noah Heringman, Crystal Lake, Matthew Reeve and Katharina Boehm. vetustamonumenta.org.
‘The Cultural Politics of Ageing in the Nineteenth Century: Interdisciplinary Perspectives’, Conference Report, Zeitschrift für Germanistik 22 (2012), 412-14.
‘Historical Fiction’, ‘Epistolary Novel’, ‘Orientalism’, ‘Sublime.’ Companion to Literary Romanticism. Ed. Andrew Maunder. New York: Facts on File, 2010.
Review of Paul Young’s Globalization and the Great Exhibition, ZAA – A Quarterly of Language 160; Literature and Culture 58.4 (2010), 399-400.
Review of Monica Flegel’s Conceptualizing Cruelty to Children in Nineteenth-Century England: Literature, Representation, and the NSPPC, Dickens Quarterly 27.3 (2010), 236-38.
‘Conversation: Curiosity and Talking in the Nineteenth-Century’, Conference Report, History Workshop Journal 65 (2008), 274-76.
I am founding co-editor of Victorian Network, a peer-reviewed, MLA-indexed online journal that was set up with a grant from the British Arts and Humanities Council in 2008. The journal is dedicated to publishing and promoting the best work in Victorian Studies by postgraduate students and early career academics. Themed issues are published bi-annually. They are guest-edited by established scholars in the field and peer-reviewed by doctoral students.
Victorian Bodies and Body Parts, guest-edited by Pamela Gilbert, Victorian Network, 6.1 (2014), forthcoming.
Victorians and the Law, guest-edited by Kathrine Frank, Victorian Network, 5.2 (2013).
Victorian Other Worlds, guest-edited by Cora Kaplan, Victorian Network, 5.1 (2013).
Courtship, Sex and Marriage in Victorian Culture, guest-edited by Charlotte Mathieson, Victorian Network, 4.2 (2012).
Production and Consumption in Victorian Literature and Culture, guest-edited by Ella Dzelzainis, Victorian Network, 4.1 (2012).
Theatricality in Victorian Literature and Culture, guest-edited by Beth Palmer, Victorian Network, 3.2 (2011).
Crossing the Line: Affinities Before and After 1900, introduced by Regenia Gagnier, Victorian Network 3.1 (2011).
Victorian Literature and Science, guest-edited by Ian Henderson, Victorian Network 2 (2010),
The British Empire and Victorian Literature and Culture, guest-edited by Muireann O’Cinneide, Victorian Network 1 (2009).
Organisation of Conferences, Workshops and Sessions
Session, "Theorizing Antiquarian Practice: Material Culture, Visual Epistemologies, and the Production of Historical Knowledge", BSECS, St Hugh's College, University of Oxford.
Workshop:‘Anthropocene (Post)Humanities’, Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften, München.
Session ‘Knowledge in Transit: Romantic Print Networks and the Circulation of Knowledge’, 15th International Congress on the Enlightenment, Edinburgh.
Symposium, Study Day and Round Table: ‘Objects of Wonder: The Global Lives of Things in the Long Nineteenth Century’, Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften, München.
Conference: ‘Anglistentag 2017’, Universität Regensburg.
Workshop:‘Present Pasts: Historical Consciousness and the Experience of Modernity’, Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften, München.
Interdisciplinary workshop conference: ‘Mediating History’s Materiality, 1700-1900’, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS), Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Interdisciplinary workshop conference: ‘Traveling Objects: Eighteenth-Century Culture and the Matter of History’, Center for Cultural Analysis, Rutgers University (funding: VolkswagenStiftung)
Special session ‘Material Culture and Phenomenologies of Time, 1760-1815’, 128th MLA Annual Convention, Boston.
International conference, co-organised with Anne-Julia Zwierlein (Universität Regensburg): ‘The Cultural Politics of Aging in the Nineteenth Century’, Universität Regensburg (funding: DFG)
International conference, co-organised with Jo McDonagh (King’s College London): ‘Street Life: Victorian Culture at the Crossroads’, English Department, King’s College London (funding: Roberts Grant, KCL)
International conference, co-organised with Rosemary Tate: ‘Bodies and Things in Victorian Literature and the Matter of Culture’, English Department, University of Oxford.
Conference Papers and Invited Talks (selected)
- ''Antiquarian Information and the "Real Apparitions" of the Past in Antiquarian Romances.' Triennial Conference of the International Association of University Professors of English, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, 23 July 2019.
- 'The Circulation of Antiquarian Information and the Literary Marketplace.' ISECS, Edinburgh University, 19 July 2019.
- '"Asiatick Researches": Eastern Religions and Antiquarian Knowledge Systems.' The Place of Religion in the Enlightenment, Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für die Erforschung der Europäischen Aufklärung, Halle, 6 June 2019.
- 'Enlightenment Objects and the Future of Historicism.' Annual Conference of the Association of Art Historians, Courtauld Institute of Art and King's College London, 6 April 2018.
- 'Living Customs, Performing Feeling: Theories of Historical Feeling in Mid and Late Eighteenth-Century Literary and Antiquarian Culture.' American Comparative Literature Association, Los Angeles, 30 March 2018.
- Invited Talk,‘From Archive to Repertoire: The Material Reenactments of Eighteenth-Century Antiquarianism.’ MatteReality: Historical Trajectories and Conceptual Futures of Material Culture Studies, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, 23-25 March 2017.
- Invited Talk, ‘Antiquarian Quixotes: Fabricated Pasts in the Works of Laurence Sterne and Charlotte Lennox', English Department Research Seminar, King's College London, 7 March 2017.
- Invited Talk,‘Crafting the Past in Sarah Scott’s Millenium Hall', Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies, University of York, 17 January 2017.
- 'Antiquarian Culture and Historical Experience in the Eighteenth-Century Novel', BSECS 46th Annual Conference, St Hugh's College, University of Oxford, 4 January 2017.
- Invited Talk, 'Vetusta Monumenta: Picturing the Past in the Eighteenth Century', Birkbeck Eighteenth Century Group, Birkbeck College, 7 December 2016.
- ‘Antiquarian Culture and Historical Representation in Laurence Sterne’s Tristram Shandy’, IAUPE Triennial Conference, Institute of English Studies, London, 25 July 2016.
- Invited Talk,‘Empiricism, Antiquarian Fieldwork and the (In)Visibilization of the Past in the Early Eighteenth Century’, North East Forum in Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies, University of Newcastle, 26 February 2016.
- ‘Reframing the Past: The Antiquarian Romance in the Early Nineteenth-Century’, The Popular and the Past: Nineteenth-Century British Cultures, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, 21 November 2015.
- ‘Performing the Past in the Mid-Eighteenth Century’, ISECS 2015, Rotterdam University, 31 July 2015.
- Invited Talk, ‘Theatricality, Scientific Authority and Experimental Medicine in the Mid-Nineteenth-Century’, Research Colloquium, English Department, Universität Passau, 26 November 2014.
- ‘Enlightenment Fictions and Objects: Eighteenth-Century Culture and the Matter of History’, Anglistentag 2014, Leibniz Universität Hannover, 22 September 2014.
- Invited Talk, ‘Die Dinglichkeit der Geschichte: Literatur und die materielle Kultur der Vergangenheit im achtzehnten Jahrhundert’, Interdisziplinärer Präsentationstag. Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften, 19 September 2014.
- ‘Daniel Defoe’s Tour thro’ the Whole Island of Great Britain, Antiquarianism and the Materiality of the Past’, Internationaler Workshop Mediating History’s Materiality, 1700-1900. Freiburg Institute of Advanced Studies, 25 July 2014.
- ‘Experimental Subjects: Literature and Theatrical Medial Trials in the Nineteenth Century’, Lunchtime Lecture Series, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, 26 June 2014.
- ‘Tangible Pasts: Literature and the Material Histories of Antiquarianism’, Anglistisches Forschungskolloquium, Lehrstuhl Professor Dr. Monika Fludernik. Universität Freiburg, 7 May 2014.
- ‘Tangible Histories: Emplacing the Past in the Early Eighteenth Century’, Humanities and Social Sciences Colloquium, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, 25 November 2013.
- ‘Locating the Past: Antiquarianism on the Move and “Upon the Spot” in Daniel Defoe’s Tour and William Stukeley’s Itinerarium Curiosum’, Workshop Traveling Objects: Eighteenth-Century Culture and the Matter of History.’ Rutgers University, 20 September 2013.
- Invited Keynote Lecture, ‘Body Boundary Object’, Victorian Body Parts Conference, Birkbeck College, 14 September 2013.
- ‘Bottled Babies and Aztec Lilliputians: Saltationis Sensationalism in Popular Anatomical Exhibitions and Charles Dickens’s Our Mutual Friend’, Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Annual Convention. Charlottesville, 14-17 March 2013.
- ‘Performing Anachronism: Antiquarianism and the Body as Artefact’, 128th MLA Annual Convention. Boston, 4 January 2013.
- Invited Talk,‘The Material Histories of Antiquarian Feeling’, Research Colloquium, History of Emotions Research Group, Max Planck Institute for Human Development. Berlin, 11 September 2012.
- ‘Antiquarian Laughter: Satire, Sex and Homosociability in Late Eighteenth-Century Dilettanti Culture’, History and Humour: 1800 – Today. Conference, Freiburg, 6 Juli 2012.
- ‘Antiquarian Time Travellers’, Desiring Statues: Statuary, Sexuality, History. Conference, Exeter, 27 April 2012.
- ‘Oliver Twist, Childhood and the Culture of Mesmerist Experimentation’, ESSE 10. University of Turin, 24-28 August 2010.
- ‘Dickens and the Popular Sciences of Childhood’, The Dickens Day: Dickens and Science, Birkbeck College. London, 10 October 2009.
- ‘Monstrous Fictions: Sudden Evolutionary Change in Victorian Scientific and Literary Texts’, Joint Meeting of the British Association for Victorian Studies and of the North American Victorian Studies Association at Cambridge University. Cambridge, 13‐15 July 2009.
- ‘The Aesthetics of Ethnological Exhibitions in the Nineteenth‐Century’, Research Colloquium of the Shows of London Group. London, 30 January 2009.
- ‘“A Place for More than the Healing of Bodily Sickness”: Working‐Class Childhood and Children’s Hospitals and Infirmaries in Mid‐Nineteenth Century Children’s Literature’, 124th MLA Annual Convention. San Francisco, 27 December 2008.
- ‘Pediatrics and the Great Ormond Street Hospital in Children’s Periodicals of the 1850s and 1860s’, Annual Meeting of the North American Association for Victorian Studies at Yale University. New Haven, 16 November 2008.
- ‘Childhood in Early Novels by Charles Dickens’, Victorian Research Seminar, University of Oxford. Oxford, 12 November 2007.