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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

Born in Paris, Juliette Atkinson was educated at UCL (BA 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 on Anglo-French literary relations as a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at UCL, before becoming a lecturer in 2012. 

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Research Summary

 Juliette has recently completed her second monograph, French Novels and the Victorians, published by OUP and the British Academy in 2017. The monograph takes issue with the portrayal of the Victorians as insular and prudish readers, and explores the extensive ties built between French and English writers, readers, and publishing industries. The research was funded by a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship (2009-2012), and in 2012 a section of the research on Dumas was awarded a New Scholars Award by the Bibliographical Society of America.

Her first monograph, Victorian Biography Reconsidered: A Study of Nineteenth-Century 'Hidden' Lives was published by OUP in 2010. The book considers 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 has edited The Mill on the Floss and Silas Marner for Oxford World's Classics, and is currently completing an edition of Jane Eyre for the same series.

Teaching Summary

Juliette is the Convenor of the English Department's second- and third-year course in Victorian literature. She has also taught three out of the four first-year courses (Narrative Texts, Intellectual and Cultural Sources, and Approaches to Criticism and Theory) as well as contributing to the following second- and third-year courses: Shakespeare, Restoration and eighteenth century, the Romantic period, Americans to 1900, Moderns 1 (1900-1950), London in Literature, the Literary Representation and the History of Homosexuality, Commentary and Analysis. 

At postgraduate level, Juliette has offered teaching for the Shakespeare in History MA, the Issues in Modern Culture MA, and the Comparative Literature MA. She has worked as both primary and secondary supervisor for a number of PhD students. 

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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