Laura Eastlake is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Co-Director of EHU Nineteen Centre for Nineteenth Century Studies. She is a literary scholar and historian of the nineteenth century and her work explores the cultural legacies of the Victorian age; how they continue to shape or shadow cultures today; and how nineteenth-century heritage can be used to drive visitor economies and regeneration in the present. She is the author of Ancient Rome and Victorian Masculinity (Oxford University Press, 2019) and has curated exhibitions on topics including science and medicine in the nineteenth century, Victorian humour, and the history of the ‘femme fatale’ from the ancient world to the silver screen. Her current research explores Britain’s cultural relationships with refined sugar from the nineteenth century to the present. Working with museums and the UK drinks industry, this project will think about how we navigate cultural, health, and policy relationships with contested substances.
She teaches on the MA Nineteenth Century Studies as well as modules on Victorian Literature, Vampire Fictions, Form, and the first year survey module LIT1020: Ways of Reading.