The primary focus of my research is on Victorian literature and culture. I have published a monograph entitled Thomas Hardy's Legal Fictions (Edinburgh University Press, 2013) and an edited collection of essays entitled Victorian Time: Technologies, Standardizations, Catastrophes (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and I am co-editor of a collection of essays on neglected Victorian writers, Victorian Fiction beyond the Canon (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). I am currently writing a monograph on Maud Gonne (forthcoming with UCD Press in 2018) and editing a companion volume to Victorian Time, entitled Literature and Modern Time: Technological Modernity, Glimpses of Eternity, Experiments with Time (forthcoming with Palgrave Macmillan in 2018).
Trish Ferguson, Thomas Hardy’s Legal Fictions. (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2013).
- Kieran Dolin, Victorian Studies, 2016: 'a consistently engaging book, and one that will repay reading as a whole.'
- William A. Davis, Hardy Review, 2015: ‘an important book’ that ‘shows us the early Hardy as other treatments of Hardy and the law have not.'
- Roger Ebbatson, Victoriographies, 2014: 'in the overcrowded field of Hardy studies, it is good to welcome a book which sheds a genuinely new light on both the man and the work, and one which suggests fertile areas for further study.'
- Phillip Mallett, Thomas Hardy Journal, 2014: 'Thomas Hardy’s Legal Fictions is a timely and valuable contribution to the field of law and literature studies, and to Hardy studies in particular.'
- Richard Sylvia, Review 19, 2014: 'Ferguson offers many fine readings of [Hardy's] fiction while enlarging the cultural context that a reader might bring to the study of it.'
Trish Ferguson, Victorian Time: Technologies, Standardizations, Catastrophes (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).
- Barbara Barrow, Victorian Periodicals Review, 2013: “Ambitious in scope and precise in detail, this collection is a valuable contribution to scholarship on Victorian time in all of its multiplicity and complication.”
- Sarah Bower, Historical Novel Review, 2013: 'Fascinating and thought-provoking.'