MemberClare Stainthorp

… (Peter Lang, 2019).

Victorian Religion and Literature, Vol. 4 Doubt, Disbelief and New Beliefs. Ed. by Naomi Hetherington and Clare Stainthorp. Routledge Historical Resource (forthcoming 2020).

‘On the Discovery of a Sequence of Constance Naden’s Notebooks: Finding her Voice, 1875-79’, Victorian Poetry 56.3 (2018).
‘Tracing the Sculptural Legacy of Constance Naden: Memorialisation, Gender and the Portrait Bust’, Journal of Victorian Culture. Co-authored with Sarah Parker (2018).
‘Constance Naden: A Critical Overview’…

My current research focuses on nineteenth-century freethought periodicals. I have been awarded a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship to complete my project  ‘Reading the Freethought Movement: Atheism, Agnosticism, and Secularism, 1866–1907’ at QMUL, commencing January 2021. I am co-editor on the Routledge Historical Resource Nineteenth-Century Religion and Literature, Vol. 4 Disbelief and New Beliefs, with Naomi Hetherington (forthcoming autumn/winter 2020).  I have previously been awarded a 2017 Curran Fellowship by the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals to undertake a project titled ‘Reviewing The Secular Review (1876-1907)’.   My monograph – Constance Naden: Scientist, Philosopher and Poet – won the 2017 Peter Lang Young Scholars Competition in Nineteenth-Century Studies and was published in October 2019; it builds upon my PhD thesis on Naden as an exemplary Victorian interdisciplinary thinker. It is the first full-length study on Naden’s life and works. Aspects of my research on Naden have been published in articles in Victorian Poetry (2018), Journal of Victorian Culture (with Sarah Parker, 2018), and Literature Compass (2017). I have also published on gender, class, and disability in the case of the artificial hand in Victorian Literature and Culture (2017).   Since May 2019, I have been Research Impact Officer for UCL’s Faculties of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. I have been a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Birmingham, where I taught on a variety of modules within the BA and MA programmes, and more recently taught on the BA Comparative Literature degree at UCL. I was the 2017/18 C19 Matters Early-Career Fellowship at Cardiff University (run jointly by BAVS and BARS).   Blog:

MemberErin J. Kappeler

I am an assistant professor of English at Tulane University, where I teach courses in transnational modernism, poetry and poetics, and nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature. My current book project, The Secret History of Free Verse: American Prosody and Poetics 1880–1933, is the first historical account of free verse as a race-based construction. Extant scholarship positions free verse as an American effort to revitalize a dying art in an era of simplistic, repetitive Victorian poetry. I show instead that the intellectual origins of free verse lie in attempts to allay fears about the future of white American identity. My research methods draw from historical poetics, a field of study that examines poetic forms, genres, and theories in their social and political contexts in order to better understand the historically specific cultural work poems have performed. My particular methodology in this project has been to scour the journals, literary magazines, and poetry anthologies of the time in order to demonstrate the influence of the newly institutionalized fields of ethnology and anthropology on the poetry and criticism of the late nineteenth century. Under this influence, critics and academics promoted free verse as an expression of the (white) American race they imagined was emerging in the New World. My research identifies the fundamental but, until now, neglected connections between prosodic theories of free verse and constructions of American whiteness, and shows how these discourses shaped popular and academic understandings of African-American and Native American poetry. The Secret History of Free Verse offers new readings of key American authors and publications, including Walt Whitman, James Weldon Johnson, and Harriet Monroe’s Poetry magazine, and breaks new ground by reconceptualizing the role that poetry has played in circulating ideas about racial and national identity to a broad reading public. I have also received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Massachusetts Historical Society for a planned second book, Everyday Laureates: Community Poetry in New England 1865-1900, which explores the reading practices of amateur poetry societies.  

MemberDaniel Williams

…(2017): 19–38.

“The Clouds and the Poor: Ruskin, Mayhew, and Ecology. ” Nineteenth-Century Contexts 38.5 (2016): 319–31.

“Apprentice to Deception: L. P. Hartley and the Bildungsroman.” Anglia: Journal of English Philology 134.1 (2016): 43–69.

“Stem and Skein: Order and Evolution in Hopkins.” Victorian Poetry 53.4 (2015): 423–454.

“Atmospheres of Liberty: Ruskin in the Clouds.” ELH 82.1 (2015): 141–182.

“Rumor, Reputation, and Sensation in Tess of the d’Urbervilles.” NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction 46.1 (2013): 93–115.

Book Chapters

“Accident.” In: The Oxford Handbook of Law and H…

British Literature, Victorian Literature and Culture, Romanticism, South African Literature, Novel, Poetry, Literary Theory and Criticism, Philosophy, Intellectual History, Science, History of Science, Literature and Science, Mathematics and Literature, Law and Literature, Animal Studies

MemberMegan Harris

I am an upper-year PhD candidate at the University of Toronto. My dissertation is entitled The Voice Prints of Poetry: Recorded Speech and the Listener’s Body in Victorian and Modernist Verse. In it, I study the relationship between the speaker’s voice, both in Victorian and Modernist poems and in relation to sound recording technologies that include the phonograph and American radio, and the listener’s or reader’s body. I argue that Robert Langbaum’s foundational argument about using sympathy as the key determinant for whether a poem is a dramatic monologue fundamentally misses the importance of the reader’s own embodied responses to these voices in poetry with dramatic qualities. My work argues for the primacy of the reader’s body and their empathetic responses to speaker’s voices in such poetry.

MemberSarah Storti

… “Letitia Landon: Still a Problem,” Victorian Poetry (Winter 2019)
“‘These Pictured Lines’: Letitia Landon, Literary Annuals, and Reprint Culture.” Studies in Romanticism special issue: “Romantic Women and their Books” (forthcoming Winter 2021)…

Nineteenth-century British literature; poetry and poetics; textual studies; print culture; periodical studies; expository writing and composition.

MemberDenae Dyck, PhD


“From Denunciation to Dialogue: Redefining Prophetic Authority in Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s ‘A Curse for a Nation.’” Forthcoming in Victorian Review.

“Falling into Hope: Wisdom Poetry and the Reinterpretation of Suffering in Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s A Drama of Exile.” Victorian Poetry vol. 58 no. 1 (Spring 2020), pp. 27-51. In Press.

“The Risorgimento.” The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Victorian Women’s Writing, edited by Lesa Scholl and Emily Morris. Web. 29 February 2020.

“Gathering and Scattering in ‘The Ri…

I am a recent graduate of the PhD program in the Department of English at the University of Victoria. My research and teaching interests include nineteenth-century British literature and culture, literature and religion, and life writing. At the University of Victoria, I am currently working as a sessional instructor in the Academic and Technical Writing Program.

MemberCaroline Wilkinson

I received my MFA at Washington University in Saint Louis and my Ph.D. in English, with Creative-Writing dissertation, at University of Tennessee where I am a post-doctoral lecturer. I study poetics and the Victorian Novel with an emphasis on place, the environment, and labor. My articles have appeared in Dickens Studies Annual and George Eliot-George Henry Lewes Studies. My fiction and poetry explore the rural landscape and labor, subjects I see as underrepresented in contemporary writing.

MemberKasey Bass

“‘Oh, lift me over the threshold, and let me in at the door!’: Boundaries and Thresholds in Mary Coleridge’s Poetry.”  Victorian Poetry, vol. 48, no. 2, Summer 2010, pp. 195-218.
“Listening to Students.”  Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, vol. 39, no. 3, May/June 2007, pp. 48-53. This article, edited and introduced by Margaret Miller, contains excerpts of essays by the recipients of the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award in 2007.
Review of The Cast of Character: Style in Greek Literature, by Nancy Worman.  Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal, vol. 89 no. 1-2, Spring/Summer 2006, pp. 221-25…

Kasey Bass is Professor of English at Lone Star College-CyFair and Lecturer of English at the University of Houston.  Her work focuses on 19th- and early 20th-century British poetry, and she is especially interested in the ways that art, music, and literature helped shape technological innovation in those periods.