Dr Ella Dzelzainis
Lecturer in Ninteenth-Century Literature
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My research is interdisciplinary, located in the intersection between literature, feminist history and economic history in the long nineteenth century. I am interested in the novel as a genre, the genealogy of feminism, ideas of history, and the relationship between politics and faith. Recently my work has taken a transatlantic turn, focusing on the way in which Britain responded to the idea of American democracy in a range of literary and visual forms.
BA, MA, PhD (London)
British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship (2007-10)
Standing Advisory Editor, Oxford Bibliographies Online
Editorial Board, Gaskell Journal
Editorial Board, 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century
Editorial Board, Victorian Newsletter
British Association for Victorian Studies
North American Association for Victorian Studies
The Gaskell Society
Currently I am hard at work completing my book, Commerce Between the Sexes: Feminism and Political Economy in Industrial Fiction, 1832-1855. At the same time, along with my co-editor, Ruth Livesey (Royal Holloway, London), I am putting the finishing touches to The American Experiment and the Idea of Democracy in British Culture, 1776-1914, a collection for Ashgate’s new Nineteenth-Century Transatlantic Studies Series that will include my own essay, ‘Dickens, Democracy and Spit’. I am also co-convener of the Malthus Reading Group, held at King’s College London – a venture which arose out of my British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship project, which considers the impact of Malthusian thinking in economic fictions by women in the long nineteenth century. A further spin-off from this project will be a conference to be held here at Newcastle next year, provisionally titled ‘Taking Liberties: Sex, Pleasure, Coercion’.
I welcome applications from postgraduate research students who wish to work on the relationship between sex, desire and money in nineteenth-century fiction, on literature’s engagement with political, historical and religious ideas, on nineteenth-century women’s writing in all its forms, on the transatlantic reception of texts and ideas, or on Victorian feminism. I am interested in research projects focusing on Victorian novelists such as Elizabeth Gaskell, the Brontës, Charles Dickens, George Gissing, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman (particularly those that take an interdisciplinary approach).
SEL1003: Introduction to Literary Studies 1
SEL1011: Introduction to Literary Theory
SEL2204: Victorian Passions
SEL3033: Victorian Literature: Fictions of Wealth and Poverty
SEL3327: Extended Study
I am currently Degree Programme Director for the MA in Literary Studies: Writing, Memory, Culture and teach on the core course, Reading the Past, as well as supervise dissertations. In Autumn 2011, this programme is being relaunched as the MA in English Literature 1500-1900. Click here for further details: MA in English Literature 1500-1900
I am supervisor to two postgraduate students:
Harriet Briggs, The Value of Laughter: Charlotte Brontë and the Comic Spirit, 1830- 1860 (AHRC funded)
Hellen Giblin-Jowett, Perfume, Smell, Smelling and ‘Psychological Aesthetics’ in Supernatural Fictions of the Fin de Siècle
- Dzelzainis E. Kingsley, Malthus and J. S. Mill: Celibate Women as 'Weak Men'. 2016. In Preparation.
- Dzelzainis E. Malthus, Women and Fiction. In: Robert J. Mayhew, ed. New Perspectives on Malthus: 250th Anniversary Essays. Cambridge University Press, 2016. In Preparation.
- Dzelzainis E. Sex, pleasure and coercion at the fin de siècle. Feminist Theory 2016, 17(1), 35-39.
- Dzelzainis E. Travel Writing. In: Lucy Hartley, ed. Palgrave History Of British Women’s Writing: Volume 6, 1830-1880. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. In Preparation.
- Dzelzainis E. Silver-fork, Industrial and Gothic Fiction. In: Linda H. Peterson, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Victorian Women's Writing. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2015. In Press.
- Dzelzainis E. Dickens, Democracy and Spit. In: Dzelzainis, E., Livesey, R, ed. The American Experiment and the Idea of Democracy in British Culture, 1776-1914. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, 2013, pp.45-60.
- Dzelzainis E. Radicalism and Reform. In: Kucich, J; Bourne Taylor, J, ed. The Nineteenth-Century Novel 1820-1880. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2012, pp.427-443.
- Dzelzainis E. Second Sight: The Visionary Imagination in Late Victorian Literature. Modern Language Review 2011, 106(4), 1145-1146.
- Dzelzainis E. The Victorians and America. In: Ledger, S; Furneaux, H, ed. Charles Dickens in Context. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2011, pp.211-218.
- Dzelzainis E. Feminism, Speculation and Agency in Harriet Martineau's Illustrations of Political Economy. In: Dzelzainis, E; Kaplan, C, ed. Harriet Martineau: Authorship, Society and Empire. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2010, pp.118-137.
- Dzelzainis E. 'Filthy Lucre': Christianity, Commerce and the Female Bodily Economy in Seamstress Narratives of the 1840s. In: Morgan, V; Williams, C, ed. Shaping Belief: Culture, Politics and Religion in Nineteenth-Century Writing. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2008, pp.39-56.
- Dzelzainis E. Reason vs Revelation: Feminism, Malthus and the New Poor Law in Narratives by Harriet Martineau and Charlotte Elizabeth Tonna. 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century 2006, (2), 1-15.
- Dzelzainis E. Chartism and Gender Politics in Ernest Jones's 'The Young Milliner'. In: Harris, B, ed. Famine and Fashion: Needlewomen in the Nineteenth Century. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005, pp.87-97.
- Dzelzainis E. Charlotte Elizabeth Tonna, Pre-Millenarianism, and the Formation of Gender Ideology in the Ten Hours Campaign. Victorian Literature and Culture 2003, 31(1), 181-191.