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Dr. Lisa C. Robertson

I am a Post-Doctoral Associate in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick, where I received my PhD in 2016. My doctoral thesis, 'New and Novel Homes: Women Writing London’s Housing, 1880-1918', examines the literary representation of new forms of domestic architecture in the latter half of the nineteenth century. This project evaluates the ways that gendered discourse effected the design and construction of urban housing during the nineteenth-century housing crisis, and indicates the ways these new housing projects served to complicate definitions of home and identity. This project was supervised by Dr Emma Francis and funded by the Chancellor’s International Scholarship. I previously earned a BA in History in Art and English Literature (Double Major; Distinction) from the University of Victoria (Canada) and an MA (Distinction) from Royal Holloway, University of London.

My research interests are more broadly concerned with nineteenth-century literature and culture; feminist and gender studies; intellectual and political history; and urban studies. Between 2012 and 2016, I co-convened the Literary London Reading Group for the Institute of English Studies at Senate House in London, and now serve as the Secretary of the Literary London Society. Most recently, I have contributed to Women's History Review (2015) and Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies (2014).

With Flore Janssen (Birkbeck), I recently developed and continue to manage The Harkives: an open-access digital archive of primary materials related to the author, activist and traveller Margaret Harkness.

I have taught broadly across nineteenth-century history and literature, including fiction and non-fiction, drama and poetry. At Warwick, I taught on the modules EN328: English Literature and Feminisms, 1790-1899 and EN227: Romantic and Victorian Poetry. I am currently a Teaching Associate at Queen Mary, University of London.

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