Dickensian expert appointed to the Hildred Carlile Chair in English

Posted on 03/02/2012

Professor Juliet John

In the week of the bicentenary celebrations of the birth of Charles Dickens, Professor Juliet John, a leading expert in Victorian Literature, joins Royal Holloway, appointed to the Hildred Carlile Chair in English.

Professor John has spent her lecturing career in the North West of England, teaching at the University of Liverpool for more than a decade, but also at the University of Manchester, Edge Hill University and the University of Salford.

She has published widely on Victorian literature and culture, including monographs on Dickens’s Villains: Melodrama, Character Popular Culture (Oxford University Press, 2011; paperback 2003) and Dickens and Mass Culture (Oxford University Press, 2010).

She is currently editor of Oxford Bibliographies Online: Victorian Literature, The Oxford Handbook of Victorian Literary Culture, and the bicentenary edition of Essays and Studies on Dickens and Modernity.

Professor John will be representing Royal Holloway at the annual Dickens Universe conference in Santa Cruz, California, where she will be a panellist/respondent. The conference is run by the Dickens Project and is the biggest annual gathering of Dickensians.

Professor John said: “I am very much looking forward to becoming involved with the Royal Holloway Victorian MA and Centre for Victorian Studies, and to working more closely with London cultural institutions with which I am already involved such as the Charles Dickens Museum and the Museum of London.”

She added: “The Victorian history and architecture of the college, as well as its excellent reputation for Victorian Studies, makes it a dream place to work for a Victorianist. I am honoured to follow in the footsteps of such highly esteemed predecessors by taking up the Hildred Carlile Chair in English and delighted to be joining such a dynamic and collegiate Department.”


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