Dr Ella Dzelzainis
Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century Literature
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- Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7198
I studied for an MA in Victorian Studies and a PhD at Birkbeck, University of London and was then awarded a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship. After a spell as a post-doc at King's College, London, I joined the School of English at Newcastle. I am currently the Postgraduate Research Director in the School.
My research is interdisciplinary, located in the intersection between literature, feminist history and economic history in the long nineteenth century. I am particularly interested in the impact of T.R. Malthus's thought on nineteenth-century literature, especially the condition-of-England novel and writing by women in the period. My work has also 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.
Most recently I've enjoyed talking about my research with a general audience. I was a guest on a panel on Malthus as part of the British Academy's 'Thinkers for our Time' series and was also delighted to contribute to a public talk on the Victorian Pseudosciences after a performance of Shelagh Stephenson's new play, Harriet Martineau Dreams of Dancing at Live Theatre, Newcastle. I'm about to be a guest on Radio 4's 'In Our Time' programme on Harriet Martineau.
Editorial work and memberships
I am a Standing Advisory Editor for Oxford Bibliographies and am also on the editorial boards of Gaskell Journal, 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, and Victorians: A Journal of Culture and Literature
I am a board member of the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies, Durham University. I am a member of British Association for Victorian Studies and 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. Once this is done, I'll be returning to my Malthus project, which considers the impact of Malthusian thinking on the literary representation of women, sex and money in the long nineteenth century.
My own work is interdisciplinary, so I particularly welcome applications from postgraduate research students who wish to work in areas across or between disciplines. My work on Malthus means I am interested in supervising topics that explore sex, sexuality and/or economics in nineteenth-century fiction. Projects that think about 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 would also be of interest. I am also a fan of major mid-century novelists such as Elizabeth Gaskell, the Brontës, and Charles Dickens.
I am the module convener for a large, team-taught module, Victorian Passions, at Stage 2 and teach Sex and Money: Economies of the Victorian Novel at Stage 2. I also supervise Stage 3 dissertations on nineteenth-century topics.
I teach on the Radicalisms and Research Matters modules on our newly launched MA in English Literature. I also supervise dissertations.
I am co-supervisor (with Dr Kirsten MacLeod) of Pat Beesley's project whose working title is Imaginary Spaces and Subjectivity: Feminity and Selfhood in Late Nineteenth-Century and Early Twentieth-Century Literature'.
- Dzelzainis E. Travel Writing. In: Lucy Hartley, ed. Palgrave History Of British Women’s Writing: Volume 6, 1830-1880. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. In Press.
- Dzelzainis E. Malthus, Women and Fiction. In: Robert J. Mayhew, ed. New Perspectives on Malthus: 250th Anniversary Essays. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016, pp.155-81.
- 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, pp.89-104.
- Dzelzainis E, Livesey R, ed. The American Experiment and the Idea of Democracy in British Culture, 1776-1914. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, 2013.
- 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. 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, Kaplan C, ed. Harriet Martineau: Authorship, Society and Empire. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2010.
- 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.