Centre for Romantic and Victorian Studies

For Study and Research in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture

About the Centre for Romantic and Victorian Studies

The Centre for Romantic and Victorian Studies (CRVS) was launched on Thursday 10 October, with a lecture by Dr Stephen Cheeke entitled ‘Transfiguration: Word and Image in the Nineteenth Century’. As explained by the centre’s director, Professor Andrew Bennett, the CRVS is designed to build on and foreground the enormous range of interest and expertise in nineteenth-century history, politics, and culture across the Faculty of Arts. Colleagues from the Departments of Drama, French, Russian, German, History, Classics, History of Art, and English have expressed interest in being involved in the Centre’s activities.

Current research includes projects on the following areas:

  • popular stage performance and celebrity performers in the long nineteenth-century,
  • journalism in late-nineteenth-century France,
  • nineteenth- and early-twentieth century visual cultures in France,
  • the reception of British and French Romanticism,
  • nineteenth-century Russian literature,
  • Victorian political debate and propaganda,
  • classical myth in Romantic and Victorian writing,
  • and nineteenth-century landscape gardening and garden history.

In English alone, colleagues have recently published on almost all of the major British authors, including Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley, Keats, Byron, Leigh Hunt, Tennyson, Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, George Eliot, Dickens, Kipling, the Rossettis, Henry James, Thomas Hardy, the pre-Raphaelites, and others. Their research covers the literature of place, ekphrasis, the figure of the singer, the gothic tradition, Dante in nineteenth-century English culture, album verse, writing and handwriting, authorship and reception, Romantic and Victorian afterlives, and other topics.

For further information, please contact Professor Andrew Bennett.