Ben Carver teaches academic writing at the European University Institute in Florence. He writes about speculative fiction, and his recent book (Palgrave) on alternate history in nineteenth-century thought and writing has been described by Fredric Jameson as a “stimulating history of plural virtualities that demonstrates how poetic our prosaic 19th century was in fact, and how productively it confronted its own unrealized possibilities.” He is now co-editing a volume on Literary Form and Conspiracy Culture and working on various related projects.


2013: Doctor of Philosophy in English (University of Exeter) Thesis title: Arranging the Past, Reconsidering the Present: The Emergence of Alternate History in the Nineteenth Century

2009: Master of Arts, English Studies (University of Exeter, Distinction with Dean’s commendation)

2004: Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Plymouth University)

1996: MA (Hons) English Literature and Language (University of St Andrews)

Other Publications

See ORCID [https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6156-107X]

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    I am a member of the “Comparative Analysis of Conspiracy Theories” network (COMPACT), an action funded by European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST). This is an intedisciplinary research group, and my work for this project includes co-editing a volume on literary form and conspiracy culture, among other dissemination and collaborative research activities.



    British Association for Victorian Studies

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