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David McAllister

BA, MA (UCL); PhD (Cambridge)

Programme Director, BA English

Co-director of theĀ Birkbeck Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies

David McAllister's teaching and research interests range across the long nineteenth century, and covers a range of Romantic and Victorian poets, novelists, and prose writers. He has a particular focus on the literature and intellectual culture of the mid-nineteenth century, and has published on Wordsworth, Dickens, Carlyle, Gaskell, Tennyson, Bentham and Godwin, among others.

David's main teaching is in BA English and MA Victorian Studies, where he runs modules on Charles Dickens, the Victorians and their World, the Victorian Supernatural, Death in Victorian Culture, and Progress and Anxiety, 1789-1851.

He supervises doctoral students in projects that cover the long nineteenth century and beyond, often with a focus on interdisciplinary topics that seek to disrupt both disciplinary and period boundaries. Recent supervision projects have looked at novels of religious doubt, steampunk representations of London, Romanticism in Victorian Railway literature, and embodiment and identity in Victorian representations of the afterlife. He is happy to discuss PhD applications from students working on any topic within the broad field of nineteenth-century literary and intellectual culture.

Contact details

tel: 020 7631 6198

email: d.mcallister@bbk.ac.uk