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David McAllister

BA, MA (UCL); PhD (Cambridge)

Senior Lecturer in Victorian Literature

School of Arts Assistant Dean for Learning, Education, and Retention

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

My teaching and research interests span the long nineteenth century, and cover a range of Romantic and Victorian poets, novelists, and prose writers. My first monograph focused on the representation of the dead as an imagined community in the first half of the nineteenth century. My work has a particular focus on the literature and intellectual culture of this period, and I have published on Wordsworth, Dickens, Carlyle, Gaskell, Tennyson, Hood, Bentham and Godwin, among others.

My main teaching is in BA English and MA Victorian Studies, where I run modules on Charles Dickens, the Victorians and their World, the Victorian Supernatural, Death in Victorian Culture, and Progress and Anxiety, 1789-1851.

I currently supervise a number of 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. I'm very 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