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Professor Alex Warwick

Head of Department of English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies

+44 (0)20 350 68967 a.warwick@westminster.ac.uk Room 201, 32-38 Wells St, London W1T 3UW Tuesdays 2–4 pm
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English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies | Department
Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture; Centre for Science and Imagination; Literary Studies | Research

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I took my undergraduate degree and PhD at the University of London (BA Hons) First Class in English 1984, PhD in English 1989). I also have an MSc in the History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine from Birkbeck College, London (1999).

I have been at Westminster since 1991 and I am now Professor of English Studies and Head of the Department of English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies. I teach on undergraduate and postgraduate modules in 19th-century literature and culture.

My research interests are in the field of 19th century studies, particularly the fin de siècle. I have published work on Oscar Wilde, on Gothic, on representations of the Whitechapel Murders and on Andrew Lang.

I have taught on many literature modules during my career at Westminster (from Literature and Psychoanalysis to Shakespeare and most things in between), but I am currently module leader for the second year module Reading Gothic and part of the teaching team for the second year module Victorians. Concentrating on these two areas means that I am able to bring my research interests into teaching and make seminars relevant to the newest work going on in these areas.

I supervise a range of extended essays and dissertations each year, mostly on nineteenth-century topics, but also on some more unusual subjects including zombies and biographies of Princess Diana – but not in the same dissertation.

On the MA English Literature courses I teach on the Victorians module, as well as some of the sessions on Urban Cultures for the MA in Cultural and Critical Studies.

I have published various essays and articles on Gothic – most recently ‘Ghosts, Monsters and Spirits’, in Glennis Byron and Dale Townsend (eds), The Gothic World (Routledge, 2013) – and on representations of the Whitechapel Murders in London, for example in Jack the Ripper: Media, Culture, History (MUP, 2007), as well as on Oscar Wilde and on the Victorian critic and journalist Andrew Lang.

My current research and writing concerns the way in which the development of archaeology in the nineteenth century impacted upon the Victorian imagination, and an article entitled ‘Dreams of Archaeology’ was published in Journal of Literature and Science, 5.1, Autumn 2012.

I have supervised PhDs on a range of literary and cultural topics including: the novels of May Sinclair; Eliza Haywood's journalism; nonsense writing; the avant-garde; Gothic; the Victorian explorer Mary Kingsley; nineteenth-century women scientists; race in Victorian fiction and skin diseases in the Victorian popular press.

I would welcome applications from students wishing to pursue graduate research on aspects of 19th-century literature and culture.

This is a selection of publications, more can be found on WestminsterResearch, our online research repository.

Unnoticed apocalypse: the science fiction politics of urban crisis

Cunningham, David I. and Warwick, Alexandra (2013) Unnoticed apocalypse: the science fiction politics of urban crisis. City: analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action, 17 (4). pp. 433-448. ISSN 1360-4813

The selected writings of Andrew Lang. Volume 2 of 4: literary and critical works

Warwick, Alexandra and Wilson, Leigh G., eds. (2013) The selected writings of Andrew Lang. Volume 2 of 4: literary and critical works. Edinburgh University Press. (In Press)

The selected writings of Andrew Lang. Volume 3 of 4: magic and spiritualism

Warwick, Alexandra and Wilson, Leigh G., eds. (2013) The selected writings of Andrew Lang. Volume 3 of 4: magic and spiritualism. Edinburgh University Press. (In Press)

Victorian archaeology

Warwick, Alexandra and Willis, Martin, eds. (2012) Victorian archaeology. Literature and Science Series . University of Wales Press. (In Press)

Objects of archaeology

Warwick, Alexandra (2012) Objects of archaeology. In: Warwick, Alexandra and Willis, Martin, (eds.) Victorian archaeology. Literature and Science Series . University of Wales Press. (In Press)

The dreams of archaeology

Warwick, Alexandra (2012) The dreams of archaeology. Journal of Literature and Science, 5 (1). pp. 83-97. ISSN 1754-646X

Unnatural selection: variation, deviation and excess at the fin de siècle

Warwick, Alexandra (2011) Unnatural selection: variation, deviation and excess at the fin de siècle. In: Salmela, Markku and Toikkanan, Jarkko, (eds.) The grotesque and the unnatural. Cambria Press. ISBN 9781604977929

Mona Caird, The wing of azrael

Warwick, Alexandra, ed. (2010) Mona Caird, The wing of azrael. New woman fiction, 1881-1899, Part 1, Volume 3 . Pickering & Chatto, London. ISBN 9781851966417

The Victorian literature handbook

Warwick, Alexandra and Willis, Martin, eds. (2008) The Victorian literature handbook. Continuum Books, London. ISBN 978082649576

Introduction and timeline

Warwick, Alexandra and Willis, Martin (2008) Introduction and timeline. In: Warwick, Alexandra and Willis, Martin, (eds.) The Victorian literature handbook. Continuum Books, London, pp. 1-26. ISBN 978082649576

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