Members List



 Unit Director: Elizabeth Ludlow; @ludlow_e




Co Director: John Gardner


Co-Director: Rohan McWilliam




Postgraduate Administrator: Edwin John Moorhouse Marr 

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Edwin is currently working towards his PhD in English Literature at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, with a thesis on railway space and nineteenth-century literature. Edwin completed both his BA and MA at ARU, with an undergraduate dissertation on Universal Salvation in the works of Anne Brontë and a post-graduate project on Grief and Death in the poems of Branwell Brontë. His research in general is concerned with the Brontës, but he is also interested in the impact of industrialisation and travel within Nineteenth-Century literature and society more widely.

Edwin has set up The Brontë Network on YouTube, discussing the Brontës’ lives and works, and he is also the administrator for Nineteenth-Century Studies at Anglia Ruskin.


  • Brontë Society Member
  • BAVS Member
  • George Eliot Fellowship Member
  • Trollope Society Member

Recent Publications:

  • Wuthering Heights and King Lear: Revisited’, Brontë Studies (April 2020).
  • “Mugby Junction”. The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 May 2019
  • ‘Cut From Life: The Many Sources of Branwell’s Caroline’, Brontë Studies (April 2019).
  • ‘To Walk Invisible’ review, Brontë Studies (2017), 42-4.  

Recent presentations and conferences:

  • ‘Locating the Brontës through the Railway in Elizabeth Gaskell’s The Life of Charlotte’ (Locating the Brontës Symposium, University of Sheffield, November 2019)
  • ‘Red-brick railway arches, tongues of fire, blots of smoke”: The renewal of the Gothic in the railway space of the 1860s’ (BAVS, Dundee, August 2019)
  • Wuthering Heights and King Lear: Revisited’ (Emily Brontë bicentenary conference, York, September 2018)
  • ‘”In Coffined Gloom”: Branwell Brontë’s Poetry and the Graveyard School’ (The Brontës, Elizabeth Gaskell and the Legacy of Romanticism conference, Anglia Ruskin, June 2018)
  • ‘”Unwept Deaths – Inglorious War” Battlefield Deaths and Masculine Grief’ (Branwell Brontë bicentenary symposium, University of Leeds, November 2017)

Twitter: @Speedbird1994

Abderrezzaq Ghafsi

Abdderezzaq Circle picAbderrezzaq Ghafsi is a postgraduate research student based in the faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences in Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. He is a member of the Dickens Fellowship at Cambridge University. He has an MA in English literature from Biskra University, specialising in Anglo-African literature and culture. His research practice spans the publication history of Dickens, Dickens’s Reception, Influence of Dickens, Dickens in the Algerian Syllabus of English, the Cinematic and Theatrical expressions of Dickens in the Arab world and Algeria.

Memberships, editorial boards: 

  • Dickens Fellowship at Cambridge University/ Member
  • Dickens Society in the US/ Member

Recent presentations and conferences:

  • ‘Charles Dickens in Algeria: from Cultural Encounter to an Identity Construction’ (Anglia Ruskin Research Students Conference June 2016).
  • ‘Dickens’s Algerian References in his Journals’ (21st Postgraduate Students Symposium June 2016).
  • ‘Dickens Connectedness and Canonisation in Algeria’ (Dickens Day Birkbeck University of London October 2016).
  • ‘Innovation in Data Collection: A Transition from Classical Data Gathering into Language Richness, Relations and Social Research’ (Cambridge ESRC DTC Student Conference: New Forms of Data: innovation in the social sciences at Cambridge University December 2016).

Saffya Alaoui

Saffya is currently working towards a PhD at Anglia Ruskin University. Her thesis is on discipleship in the novels of George Eliot, Fyodor Dostoevsky and Leo Tolstoy. After gaining a BA (Hons) in English Literature from the Open University in 2013, she completed an MA in English Literature at Anglia Ruskin in 2015 with a dissertation on the personal development, social progression and transcendence through the study of music, science and the visual arts in three of George Eliot’s novels. Her particular interests focus on the interpretation of suffering, grace, redemption, salvation, and discipleship in 19thCentury Novels.

Saffya is a member of BAVS, the International Dostoevsky Society and the Tolstoy Studies Journal.

Kirsty J. Harris

Kirsty_HarrisKirsty J. Harris has recently completed her PhD at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, where she also studied for her Bachelors and Masters degrees. Her thesis was titled ‘In Peril on the Sea: Shipwreck and Loss in Poetry 1805-1822’, and her research considers the intersections of maritime history and poetry published around the beginning of the nineteenth century. She is currently working on establishing research into the area of the Gothic Sea, as well as exploring women’s narratives of the sea during this period, working on Mary Robinson, Felicia Hemans, Charlotte Smith, and other female authors. Her PhD was funded by an AHRC block grant.

Kirsty has published in the Byron Journal in 2016 with an article on The Corsair, and she has contributed to the Literary Encyclopaedia online with entries on the poet William Combe, and on Percy Bysshe Shelley’s fragmentary poem ‘A Vision of the Sea’. She is the Postgraduate Director and Administrator of Anglia Ruskin University’s interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies unit. Other interests include the history of piracy, queer histories and narratives, literary feminism, and the influence of German Romanticism.

Recent Publications:

  • ‘My Soul is Changed: Pirate Identity and Shifting Power in Byron’s Corsair’, The Byron Journal1 (July 2016).
  • ‘Byron’s Life and his Eastern Tales: Review of the 9thInternational Student Byron Conference’, The Byron Journal 2 (December 2014).

Chris Lyon 

Chris completed his BA (Hons) degree at Anglia Ruskin University in 2017 with a dissertation exploring Literature, Scopophilia and Berlin 1918 -1936. He has been a member of the Nineteenth Century Studies Research Unit for two years and has contributed to various symposia and reading group sessions. He is currently working towards an MA in English Literature at Anglia Ruskin and is researching the post-War literature of The Angry Young Men in the urban Britain of the 1950s for his major project. Chris has a particular interest in all aspects of dramatic literature from Greek Tragedy to the present day. His research for the nineteenth century studies unit is directed towards the emergence of the working classes in relation to contemporary social and political attitudes and is keen to explore the treatment of these members of society in the novels of that period.

Marie Moxon

Marie PhotoMarie is currently working towards a PhD at Anglia Ruskin University. She completed her BA at Exeter University in Cornwall in 2001, with a dissertation on The Nature of the Obscure and the Aesthetics of the Sublime in the Eighteenth-Century Gothic Novel. She recently completed her MA at ARU, with a dissertation on Glass-Space in the Works of Elizabeth Gaskell. She is interested in Victorian writers in general, and Elizabeth Gaskell and her circle in particular.

Sophie Phelps

Sophie Phelps PicSophie is currently working towards a PhD at Anglia Ruskin University. Her thesis is on Compositions of the Child-Adult and the Adult-Child in the novels of Charles Dickens. She completed a BA (Hons) English Literature degree at Anglia Ruskin in 2014, with a dissertation on Representations of Marriage in the Victorian Novel. She then completed an MA (Res) English in 2015 at the University of Reading, with a dissertation on Role Reversal in the Novels of Charles Dickens. Her particular interests focus on writers of the mid-Victorian period, with an emphasis on Charles Dickens and his immediate circle.

Anna Phillips

Anna Phillips is currently working towards a PhD at Anglia Ruskin University. Her thesis is on how the fallen woman emigrant was constructed in Victorian periodicals between 1845 and 1885.  She completed her BA (Hons) English and American Literature degree at the University of East Anglia in 2005. She went on to study PG certificates in American Studies and Education in 2006 and 2008. She recently completed her MA in Literature at Anglia Ruskin University, with a dissertation on Reading the Fallen Woman. She has taught English in secondary schools for the last eleven years and she is also an examiner on the 19th Century Literature GCSE Paper. Her main interests are mid-Victorian periodicals, novels and their portrayal of the fallen woman.

Kathy Rees

Kathy_ReesKathy Rees undertook her PhD, entitled: ‘Reading Gosse’s Reading: A Study of Allusion in the work of Edmund Gosse’, at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.  The aim of her thesis was to demonstrate the potential of allusion as a methodological tool in literary analysis, and to explore Gosse’s acts of re-reading, to show how Gosse could both arrest tradition by fragmenting canonical works, but at the same time promote cultural continuity by importing text from the past into the present.  Since completing in 2015, Kathy has continued as an independent researcher, focusing on the Heinemann International Library, a series of translated texts edited by Gosse, and published by William Heinemann in 1890-97.

Her interests include all aspects of Victorian culture but especially the novel, life writing, men of letters, religious tracts, and fin de siècle narratives.  She is also interested in intertextuality, allusion and translation.

Kathy is a member of BAVS and of the Cambridge branches of The Dickens Fellowship, and the Jane Austen Society.

Recent Publications:

  • ‘Edmund Gosse Entertains: Gossip in a Library (1891)’. Nineteenth- Century Prose, Special Issue: Victorian Critics, 43: 1 /2 (Spring/Fall, 2016), pp.81-100.
  • ‘Reading Edmund Gosse’s Father and Son (1907) through a Dickensian Lens’. Dickens Quarterly 33: 3 (Sept 2016), pp.223-243.

Anne-Louise Russell

Anne-Louise Russell is an AHRC funded PhD student at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, where she also gained her BA (Hons) and MA in English Literature.  Her research project examines the unique moment between 1872 and 1876 when three literary magazines were edited by female sensation novelists: Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Ellen Wood and Florence Marryat. She investigates how these author-editors responded to cultural change and legislative events, and how they contributed to agitation for social reform.

Recent Publications:

Steven Michael White

Steven_WhiteSteven White completed his PhD in English at Anglia Ruskin in 2016, having previously studied for an MLitt in Romantic and Victorian Literature at the University of St Andrews and a BA in English at ARU. His thesis, ‘Representations of Society in Conservative Poetry, 1790-1798’, examined how writers used poetry as a means of creating and disseminating a form of popular conservatism in the wake of the French Revolution. His current research project centres on Victorian music magazines. At present, he is looking at the reception of, and attitudes towards, Alfred Tennyson in the musical press between 1840 and 1900. He is particularly interested in the way in which Tennyson – ‘The Lord of English Song’ as The Musical Standard called him – figures in debates about the future of ‘English National Music’.

Steven has taught across the BA and MA in English at Anglia Ruskin since 2012, having delivered seminars and lectures for the modules ‘A History of English Literature’, ‘Romantic Conflicts’, ‘The Victorian Experience’ and ‘Revolution and Reform in the Long Nineteenth Century’. He has also been a guest lecturer at the University of Suffolk in Bury St Edmunds.

Recent Publications:

Faculty Members (links to webpages); 

Sarah Annes Brown

Valerie Purton

Martin Hewitt

Lucy Bland