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Professor of Theatre History, Department of Drama, University of Exeter
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theatre history; women's history; nineteenth century; popular culture
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About Me

I am an historian of nineteenth century British literature and culture, specialising in teaching and research in theatre history and women’s writing. I have published on Frankenstein, Jane Austen, Victorian women playwrights, Fanny Kemble, Australian theatre, Victorian theatre and popular culture, and John Ruskin. I have held grants from the Australian Research Council on Nineteenth Century Women Playwrights; , and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) on John Ruskin and the Theatre (2004-08), A Cultural History of English Pantomime, 1837 – 1901 (2009-2012), and am just about to start an AHRC-funded project on Theatre and Visual Culture in the Long Nineteenth Century (2018-2021).

Recent Publications


with Yeandle P, Richards J, Politics, Performance and Popular Culture: Theatre and society in Nineteenth-Century Britain, Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2016.

Lives of Shakespearian Actors: Fanny Kemble (Vol IV), London, Chatto & Pickering, 2011.

with Richards J, John Ruskin and the Victorian theatre, Palgrave MacMillan, 2010.

with Heinrich A, Richards J, Ruskin, the theatre and Victorian visual culture, Palgrave MacMillan, 2009.

Women’s theatre writing in Victorian Britain, Palgrave MacMillan, 2005.

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, 1993.



Theater and the Periodical Press, in King A, Easley A, Morton J (eds) The Routledge Handbook to Nineteenth-century British Periodicals and Newspapers, London & New York: Routledge, 2016

‘Victorian Theatre: Research Problems and Progress’, in John J (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Victorian Literary Culture, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016

‘Feminist Historiography and Ethics: A Case Study from Victorian Britain’, in Theatre History and Historiography Ethics, Evidence and Truth, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, 85-102

‘Drama and Theater’, in Peterson LH (eds) The Cambridge Companion to Victorian Women’s Writing, Cambridge University Press, 2015

Theatre, in Felluga D, Gilbert P (eds) The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature, Blackwell-Wiley, 2015

‘The 1832 Select Committee’, in Taylor DF, Swindells J (eds) The Oxford Handbook to the Georgian Theatre, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014

Theatricality, in Victorian Worlds, London & New YOrk: Routledge, 2011

Theatre, in O’Gorman F (eds) The Cambridge companion to Victorian culture, Cambridge Univ Pr, 2010

Popular Culture, in Cambridge Companion to Victorian Literature, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010, 147-161

Speaking Pictures: The Victorian Stage and Visual Culture, in Heinrich A, Newey KM, Richards J (eds) Ruskin, the Theatre, and Victorian Visual Culture, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009

‘Thus Far and No Farther!’: The ‘Proper Lady’ and the Ends of Melodrama, in Waters, Catherine, gay P, johnston J (eds) Victorian Turns, NeoVictorian Returns: Essays on Fiction and Culture., Newcastle upon Tyne, England: Cambridge Scholars, 2008, 50-58

Women and Literature in Britain 1800-1900, in Shattock J (eds) Women and Literature in Britain 1800-1900, Cambridge University Press, 2001

Women and Theatre, in Shattock J (eds) Women and Literature in Britain 1800-1900, Cambridge University Press, 2001

Pantomime and Modernity: The Fairy and The Navvy, in Reilly K (eds) Theatre, Performance and Analogue Technology, Palgrave Macmillan

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Australia, United Kingdom
Expertise by Chronology
18th century, 19th century
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Material Culture, Women