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Dr Juliette Atkinson
240 Foster Court
Department of English
Gower Street
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  • Associate Professor
  • Dept of English Lang & Literature
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities

 Juliette Atkinson was educated at UCL (B.A. Hons) and Oxford (M.St, ‘1900-Present’). In 2008, she completed a PhD on Victorian life-writing, funded by a UCL Graduate School Research Scholarship. From 2009 she worked as a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at UCL, before becoming a Lecturer in 2012, and Associate Professor in 2018. In 2020, she was awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship (September 2020-January 2022).

Research Themes
Research Summary

Juliette's research focuses on three main areas: 

  • Nineteenth-century fiction: she has written the introduction, notes, and appendix for an edition of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre, George Eliot's The Mill on the Floss, and has edited Eliot's Silas Marner, all for Oxford World's Classics. She has published articles on Eliot, is completing the Very Short Introduction to George Eliot for OUP, and is editing The Oxford Handbook of George Eliot with Elisha Cohn (Cornell). Her second book explored the influence of French fiction on Victorian novelists and their reviewers.
  • Life-writing: Juliette's first book, Victorian Biography Reconsidered: a Study of Nineteenth-Century ‘Hidden’ Lives (OUP, 2010), funded by a UCL scholarship, considered the lives of obscure or minor individuals who form the subjects of Victorian biographers working against the contemporary fascination with ‘Great Men’. Working-class biographies, ‘failed’ lives, the representation of female subjects, attempted recoveries of neglected Romantic artists, and the lesser luminaries of the Dictionary of National Biography are all given close analysis. She is currently completing volume 5 of the Oxford History of Life-Writing, which will provide an account of nineteenth-century autobiography, biography, diaries, letters, and travel narratives. She was awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship to complete this project. 
  • Transnational networks: Juliette's second book, French Novels and the Victorians (OUP, 2017), made use of both book history and close reading approaches to take issue with the common portrayal of the Victorians as insular and prudish readers. It considered the publishing and cosmopolitan networks which disseminated French literature in England, the complexities of Victorian (self-)censorship and censoriousness, and debates concerning foreign literary influence, interference and national literary protectionism. The research was funded by a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship (2009-2012), and part of the research, then in progress, was awarded a New Scholars Award by the Bibliographical Society of America in 2012. Her current research on life-writing maintains her interest in international exchange, and explores writing from across the globe.

Teaching Summary

Juliette is the convenor of the English Department's Victorian literature course (second- and third-year undergraduates). She has taught extensively on the first-year courses, as well as most second- and third-year courses (Shakespeare, Eighteenth Century, Romantics, American Literature to 1900, Moderns 1, London in Literature, Literary Representation and the History of Homosexuality, Critical Commentary and Analysis). At postgraduate level, she has taught both on UCL's former Shakespeare in History MA, the Issues in Modern Culture MA, and the Comparative Literature MA. She has worked as primary and secondary supervisor for a number of PhD students. 

01-OCT-2018 Associate Professor English Language and Literature UCL, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2012 Lecturer English Language and Literature University College London, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2009 – 30-SEP-2012 British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow English Language and Literature University College London, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2008   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
2004   Master of Studies University of Oxford
2003   Bachelor of Arts University College London
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