Dr Trish Ferguson

0151 291 3512
Arts and Humanities

The primary focus of my research is the intersection between law and literature in Victorian fiction. I have recently published a monograph entitled Thomas Hardy and the Law (Edinburgh University Press, 2013) and am currently working on another monograph on imposture in the Victorian era, which will focus on both sensation fiction and canonical novels. I am also interested in how changing ideas about time are reflected in literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. I recently published an edited collection of essays entitled Victorian Time: Technologies, Standardizations, Catastrophes (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), which explores how Victorian literature engages with the onset of 'industrial time' and the birth of a modern time-consciousness. I am now editing a collection of essays on literature of the fin de siècle and early twentieth century which examines unexpected influences and connections between physicists, philosophers and canonical texts from the 1890s to the 1930s to explore how literature of this era engaged with new ways of thinking about time. I am also editing a collection of essays on neglected Victorian writers, which explores working relationships and influences between canonical and non-canonical authors, the role played by print culture in Victorian literary productions and ultimately, the ideological dynamics of canon formation. I am interested in supervising postgraduate research in Victorian literature and culture, in particular work related to sensation fiction and Victorian crime fiction. 


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