Dr Laura Eastlake

Lecturer in English Literature
Dept of English, History & Creative Writing
Main Building, Room s19
01695 657176
 laura.eastlake@edgehill.ac.uk


Biography

I joined Edge Hill in January 2017, having taught previously at the University of Stirling and the University of Glasgow. I hold an MA in Classics, an MLitt in Victorian Literature, and a PhD in Victorian literature and classical receptions.

I specialise in the literature and culture of the fin de siècle. My research focuses primarily on constructions of masculinity and I am particularly interested in how Victorian writers respond to and redeploy texts and images from the ancient Greek and Roman worlds to construct gender ideals. I have published works on decadent masculinity and the Victorian city, imperial manhood, and Wilkie Collins’s historical Roman novel Antonina. In 2016 I was awarded a Research Fellowship at the Harry Ransom Centre, Austin TX, to research the life and works of Victorian actor Wilson Barrett, whose spectacular theatre productions in the 1890s would go on to form the basis of Hollywood ‘swords and sandals’ epics.

I organize the ‘VICTORIANS at Edge Hill’ speaker series (@EHUVictorians) and serve as Public Engagement Officer for the Classical Reception Studies Network. I am peer review co-ordinator for the Wilkie Collins Journal.

Teaching

I lead undergraduate modules on ‘The Victorian Novel’ (LIT3021), ‘Victorian Poetry’ (LIT3022), Late-Victorian Gothic’ (LIT3033), and ‘Vampire Fictions’ (LIT 2035).

At MA level I deliver research-led sessions on topics including the Victorian city, Sherlock Holmes, nineteenth-century children’s literature, and gender theory.

I invite MRes and PhD proposals from students working on nineteenth-century gender and/or fin-de-siecle topics, including decadence, empire writing, and late-Victorian Gothic.

 

Publications

Books

Engendering Antiquity: Ancient Rome and Masculinity in the Victorian Cultural Imagination [In Preparation]

Articles

‘Forgotten Legacies of Ancient Rome in Wilkie Collins’s Antonina’, Classical Receptions Journal, 8.2 (2016)

‘Metropolitan Manliness: Ancient Rome, Victorian London and the Rhetoric of the New, 1880-1914’, English Literature in Transition, 59.4 (2016), pp.473-492

Reviews

Review of Laura Monros-Gaspar, Victorian Classical Burlesques: A Critical Anthology (Bloomsbury, 2015), Classics Ireland [Forthcoming]

Review of Holly Furneaux, Military Men of Feeling: Masculinity, Emotion and Tactility in the Crimean War (Oxford University Press, 2016), Wilkie Collins Journal (2016) [Forthcoming]

Review of Molly Youngkin’s British Women Writers and the Reception of Ancient Egypt, 1840-1910 (Palgrave, 2016), English Literature in Transition, 60.4 (2017) [Forthcoming]

Review of Bradley Deane’s Masculinity and the New Imperialism: Rewriting Manhood in British Popular Literature, 1870-1914 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014), Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, 10:3 (Winter 2014)

Review of Jonathan Sachs’s Romantic Antiquity: Rome in the British Imagination 1789-1932 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010)’, The Kelvingrove Review, 7 (March 2011)

Select Conference Papers

2017: ‘Antiquity and Modernity: The Toga Play on the Edwardian Stage’, Edwardian Culture Network: Spirit of Speed Conference, University of Lancaster, 9th September.

2016: ‘Romans and Revenues: the Toga Play in the Late Nineteenth Century’, BAVS: Consuming the Victorians Conference, University of Cardiff, 31st August – 2nd September.

2014: ‘New Neronians: The Deviant Emperor and Decadent Masculinity at the Fin de Siècle’, Cosmopolitanism, Aestheticism and Decadence Conference, University of Oxford, 16th-17th June.

2013: ‘Victorian Masculinity and the Problem of Cleopatra’, School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow, 30th November.

2011: ‘Burlesquing the Empire’, Windows of Empire Conference, University of Bristol, 15th-16th September.

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