Dr Clara Dawson

Lecturer in Victorian Literature

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Research interests

My main research interest is in the poetry of the long nineteenth century, and I have published on poetry from the Romantic period to the First World War. My research focuses on the relationship between poetic forms and other kinds of cultural discourse such as the periodical review and the newspaper. I have done extensive research into literary periodical reviews and have recently published a two-volume edition, Critical Heritage: Elizabeth Barrett Browning, anthologising periodical reviews of her poetry.

 I am currently working on a monograph titled Poetry and Popularity in the Victorian Era. The book investigates the concept of popularity as it operates in the poetic culture of the early and mid-Victorian period and explores how nineteenth-century poets negotiated the demands of their readers and the literary culture as mediated through periodical reviews. The theme of popularity enables me to re-examine ideas about the marketplace and the commodification of art, the autonomy of the poet, and poetic sincerity. A focus on poetic form – primarily rhyme, metre, voice, style, and address – is the informing principle of the book’s investigations.

 I would be interested in supervising postgraduates on topics concerning Romantic and Victorian poetry and poetics; nineteenth-century literature and culture; nineteenth-century periodicals.


Research and projects

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