Dr Caroline Sumpter


Dr Sumpter’s monograph The Victorian Press and the Fairy Tale won the Mythopoeic Scholarship Award (2011) and was shortlisted for two further monograph prizes. She is the author of a wide range of articles on Victorian literature, culture and politics (including on Oscar Wilde, William Morris, and Thomas Hardy).

Her specialisms include Victorian literature and science (particularly evolutionary science, anthropology and mental science), the nineteenth-century press and the history of reading, and nineteenth-century fairy tale and science fiction.

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Open to PhD applications in the field of 

  • Victorian Literature, Culture and Politics (including the 1890s)
  • Literature and Science
  • Literature and Ethics
  • Periodical Culture
  • Nineteenth-Century Fantasy, including Science Fiction and Fairy Tale
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  • ‘The Science of Victorian Ghosts’, Belfast Science Festival 2018
  • Interviewed by Marina Warner for Radio 4 series) on Grimm's Fairy Tales, and by by Art review, BBC Radio Ulster
  • ‘Science and Faith at War in Victorian Belfast: Remembering John Tyndall's Belfast Address (1874)’. Organiser of a public
    event at the Ulster Hall with talks by Professor David Livingstone and Professor John Wilson Foster. Covered by UTV.
  • Advisor on Guardian and Chronicle of Higher Education articles on fairy tales.


Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science

School Of Arts, English And Languages


Research students

PhD title: Memory and Dystopian Fiction

Name: Natasha Kennedy
Country: United Kingdom

PhD title: The Maverick Modernist & Magazines: Collaborative Networks, Readers & the Question of Elites

Name: Sarah McBride
Country: United Kingdom


PhD Title Zero (novel) Selective Mutism in Young Adult Fiction (critical component)

Name: Christina Collins
Country: USA

Alumni: where are they now?

Dr Clare Gill

PhD title: Olive Schreiner and Print Culture

Years of Study: 2011
Country: United Kingdom
Current position: Lecturer in Victorian Literature, University of St Andrews


Dr Beth Rodgers

PhD title: Girlhood and Victorian Periodicals

Years of Study: 2011
Country: United Kingdom
Current position: Senior Lecturer in Victorian Literature, University of Aberystwyth


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