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Centre for Victorian Studies


The Department of English is home to the College's longstanding Centre for Victorian Studies, one of the leading national and international Centres for Victorian Studies. In 2009, Royal Holloway was the venue for the first summit meeting bringing together all staff belonging to Victorian Studies Centres in the UK. The Centre for Victorian Studies is twinned with the established and popular MA in Victorian Literature, Art and Culture. Unique to the college and its history of excellence in Victorian studies is world-famous collection of Victorian art; the picture gallery functions as a stunning venue for numerous events as well as an irreplacable object of study in its own right. The Centre provides a stimulating environment for a large, thriving and international postgraduate community. The Centre was directed by Professor Juliet John, Hildred Carlile Chair of English Literature over the past five years and is currently under the Co-direction of Katie McGettigan and Rosalind White.

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To enquire about the centre please contact co-director Rosalind White

Find out about our regular Victorian Seminar Series, which covers a range of interdisciplinary topics. As well as The London Victorian Studies Colloquium an annual residential weekend for postgraduates and accompanying staff members.

Discover our MA in Victorian Literature, Art, and Culture which provides the opportunity to study the nineteenth-century in the midst of the outstanding Victorian architecture of our Egham campus and find out more about prospective PhD study.

Unique to the college and its history of excellence in Victorian studies is the world-famous collection of Victorian art; the picture gallery functions as a stunning venue for numerous events as well as an irreplaceable object of study in its own right.

Discover the Royal Holloway Archives and Special Collections which includes some of the earliest records relating to the history of higher education for women.

Find out about the research at the Centre.

For information on the London Nineteenth-Century Studies Seminar at Senate House, and the University of California Dickens Project.

PhD Programme

Prospective PhD students are invited to make contact with Juliet John or the member of staff most closely aligned to their areas of interest for informal discussion of developing research proposals. The Department of English has a strong record of providing AHRC funding and other scholarships for suitably qualified students pursuing research in Nineteenth Century Studies. Recent doctoral students in the Department of English have gone on to academic positions in the University of London and been the recipients of major postdoctoral research awards. All PhD students affiliated to the Centre are invited to participate in our nineteenth century Reading Group and other activities. The English Department Research Committee also supports student-led initiatives such as postgraduate conferences and symposia.

Pursuing doctoral research in nineteenth-century studies at Royal Holloway not only offers the opportunity of working within the outstanding atmosphere and resources of this Victorian Institution but also a chance to engage in dialogue with the exceptional international interdisciplinary community of scholars in the wider University of London. The Centre for Victorian Studies ensures that the Library at Royal Holloway supports the needs of our research students with excellent digital and physical provision, augmented by easy access to the British Library and the resources of Senate House Library in the University of London. 







The Victorian New Woman


Next up 

Thursday 1st March 2018


Carnal Flowers, Charnel Flowers: Perfume in the Decadent Imagination

Professor Catherine Maxwell (QMUL)

The Picture Gallery, 6.30pm





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