Professor Hilary Fraser, BA (Leicester) DPhil (Oxon)
Geoffrey Tillotson Chair of Nineteenth-Century Studies
Executive Dean, School of Arts
Tel: 020 7631 6163
I came to Birkbeck in 2002 to take up the Geoffrey Tillotson Chair of Nineteenth-Century Studies. I became Director of Birkbeck’s Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies and was the founding Editor of its online journal 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, launched in 2006. Following a major restructuring of the College five years ago, I was appointed Executive Dean of the newly formed School of Arts.
My latest book, Women Writing Art History in the Nineteenth Century: Looking Like a Woman, was published by Cambridge University Press in September 2014. I have also written monographs on the Victorians and Renaissance Italy, aesthetics and religion in Victorian writing, nineteenth-century non-fiction prose, and gender and the Victorian periodical. I have served on grant awarding panels of both the Australian Research Council and the Arts and Humanities Research Council in the UK. I have recently become President of the British Association of Victorian Studies.
I continue to contribute to the MA Victorian Studies and to supervise doctoral students in nineteenth-century studies, and welcome applications that match my areas of particular expertise.
- Beauty and Belief: Aesthetics and Religion in Victorian Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (1986), xii+287pp.
- The Victorians and Renaissance Italy. Oxford and Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell (1992), xii + 308pp.
- English Prose of the Nineteenth Century. London and New York: Longman (1997), xiii + 439pp (with Daniel Brown).
- Gender and the Victorian Periodical. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2003) (with Judith Johnston and Stephanie Green), xiv + 255pp.
- Minds, Bodies, Machines, 1770-1930, ed. with Deirdre Coleman. Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (2011), xi + 230pp.
- Women Writing Art History in the Nineteenth Century: Looking Like a Woman. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2014).
Refereed Journal Articles
- ‘St. Theresa, St. Dorothea, and Miss Brooke in Middlemarch’, Nineteenth-Century Fiction 40, 4 (1986), 400-11.
- ‘Browning and Nineteenth-Century Historiography’, Centenary Essays on Robert Browning, ed. Simon Petch and E. Warwick Slinn, AUMLA 71 (1989), 13-29.
- 'Titian's Bravo and George Eliot's Tito: A Painted Record', Nineteenth-Century Literature 50, 2 (1995), 210-17.
- 'Women and the Ends of Art History: Vision and Corporeality in Nineteenth-Century Critical Discourse', Victorian Studies 42, 1 (1999), 77-100.
- ‘Gender and Romance in Ruskin's "Two Boyhoods"', Nineteenth-Century Contexts 21, 3 (1999), 353-70.
- 'Virginia Stephen in George Duckworth’s Family Album', Australasian Victorian Studies Journal 5 (1999), 13-34 (with Victoria Burrows).
- ‘Evelyn De Morgan, Vernon Lee and Assimilation from Without’, Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies NS 14 (Spring, 2005), 75-90.
- ‘A Visual Field: Michael Field and the Gaze’, Victorian Literature and Culture 34 (2006), 553-571.
- ‘”Mirror visions” and “dissolving views”: Vernon Lee and Patrick Geddes’ Outlook Tower’ (with Nick Burton), Nineteenth-Century Contexts 28, 2 (2006), 145-60.
- ‘The Morals of Genealogy: An Adventure’, Raritan (Spring, 2008), 115-132.
- ‘Introduction’, Minds, Bodies, Machines: Essays in the Cultural and Intellectual History of Technologies, ed Deirdre Coleman and Hilary Fraser. Nineteen: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century (www.19.bbk.ac.uk) 8 (October 2008) 1-11 (with Deirdre Coleman).
- ‘Women and the Art of Fiction’. Yearbook of English Studies 40, 1 and 40, 2 (2010), pp. 61-82
- ‘”Always Reminding us of the Body”: J A Symonds on the Fine Arts’. [Re]Reading John Addington Symonds, English Studies. (April 2013).
- ‘Art for the Nation: Sir Charles Eastlake at the National Gallery’. Victorian Literature and Culture (Autumn 2012).
- ‘Truth to Nature: Science, Religion, and the Pre-Raphaelites’. The Critical Spirit and the Will to Believe: The Victorian Crisis of Faith, ed. David Jasper and T.R.Wright. London: Macmillan; New York: St. Martin’s Press,1989, pp.53-68.
- '"Love's Citadel Unmann'd": Victorian Women's Love Poetry'. Constructing Gender: Feminism and Literary Studies, ed. Hilary Fraser and R.S.White. Nedlands: University of Western Australia Press,1994, pp.132-56.
- 'Victorian Poetry and Historicism'. The Cambridge Companion to Victorian Poetry, ed. Joseph Bristow. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000, pp.114-36.
- 'Ruskin, Italy, and the Past'. Britain and Italy from Romanticism to Modernism, ed. Martin McLaughlin. Oxford: Legenda and Modern Humanities Research Association, 2000, pp.87-106.
- ‘The Religious Poetry of Michael Field’. Athena’s Shuttle: Myth, Religion, Ideology from Romanticism to Modernism, ed. Franco Marucci and Emma Sdegno. Milan: Cisalpino, 2000, pp.127-142.
- ‘Vernon Lee: England, Italy and Identity Politics’. Britannia, Italia, Germania: Taste and Travel in the Nineteenth Century, ed. Carol Richardson and Graham Smith. Edinburgh: VARIE, 2001, pp.175-191.
- ‘The Professionalisation of Women’s Writing: Extending the Canon’. Women and Literature in Britain, 1800-1900, ed. Joanne Shattock. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001, pp. 233-52 (with Judith Johnston).
- 'The Feminist Theology of Florence Nightingale'. Reinventing Christianity: Nineteenth-Century Contexts, ed. Linda Woodhead. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2001, pp.199-210 (with Victoria Burrows).
- ‘The Victorian Novel and Religion’. The Blackwell Companion to the Victorian Novel, ed. Patrick Brantlinger and W.B. Thesing. Oxford: Blackwell, 2002, pp.101-18.
- ‘Interstitial Identities: Vernon Lee and the spaces in-between’. Marketing the Author: Authorial Personae, Narrative Selves and Self-Fashioning, 1880-1930, ed. Marysa Demoor. Houndmills Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004, pp.114-133.
- ‘Regarding the Eighteenth Century: Vernon Lee and Emilia Dilke Construct a Period’. The Victorians and the Eighteenth Century: Reassessing the Tradition, ed. Francis O’Gorman and Katherine Turner. London: Ashgate, 2004, pp.223-49.
- ‘Emilia Dilke’, The New DNB, ed. Brian Harrison. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004.
- ‘Writing a Female Renaissance: Victorian Women and the Past’, in Victorian and Edwardian Responses to the Italian Renaissance, ed. John E.Law and Lene Ostermark-Johansen. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005, pp.165-84.
- ’Art History’, Companion to Women’s Historical Writing, ed. Mary Spongberg, Barbara Caine and Ann Curthoys. Houndmills, Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005, pp.29-38.
- ‘Writing in the Margins and Reading Between the Lines in Vernon Lee’s Library’, ‘Dalla stanza accanto’: Vernon Lee e Firenze settant’ anni dopo, ed. Elisa Bizzotto and Serena Cenni. Florence: Consiglio Regionale della Toscana, 2006, pp.231-241.
- ‘Through the Looking Glass: Looking like a Woman in the Nineteenth Century’. Strange Sisters: Literature and Aesthetics in the Nineteenth Century, ed. J.B. Bullen. Oxford, Bern etc: Peter Lang, 2009, pp.189-209.
- ‘Writing the Past’.The Cambridge Companion to Victorian Literature 1830-1914, ed. Joanne Shattock. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010, pp. 108-26.
- Foreword to Illustrations, Optics and Objects in Nineteenth-Century Literary and Visual Culture, ed. Patrizia Di Bello and Luisa Calè. Houndmills, Basingsoke and New York: Palgrave, 2010, pp.ix-xv.
- ‘Periodicals and Reviewing’. The Cambridge History of English Literature, The Victorians, ed. Kate Flint. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012, pp.36-76.
- ‘Aesthetics, Visuality and Feelings in the Natural Theology of Gerard Manley Hopkins and Alice Meynell’, Form and Feeling in Modern Literature, ed. William Baker with Isobel Armstrong. Oxford: Legenda (2013)
- ‘Vasari’s Lives and the Victorians’, The Ashgate Research Companion to Giorgio Vasari, ed. David J. Cast. Aldershot, Hants: Ashgate (2014), pp.277-94
- ‘Art and the Literary’, The Oxford Handbook to Victorian Literary Culture, ed. Juliet John. Oxford: Oxford University Press (2014)