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Alex Warwick works on the literature and culture of the nineteenth century.

I have a BA and a PhD in English from the University of London.  I also have an MSc in the History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine.

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 part of the teaching team for Writing Sexuality at level 6, and Monsters and the Nineteenth Century (both level 5). Concentrating on these 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 – ( though 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 (EUP 2015).

My current research and writing concerns the way in which the development of archaeology in the nineteenth century impacted upon the Victorian imagination. Two recent article are  'Dreams of Archaeology',  Journal of Literature and Science, (2012) and 'Ruined Paradise', Nineteenth Century Contexts (2017).

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.

2017

Ruined Paradise: Geology and the Emergence of Archaeology (2017)
Warwick, A. 2017. Ruined Paradise: Geology and the Emergence of Archaeology. Nineteenth-Century Contexts. 39 (1), pp. 49-62.

2013

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

2012

The dreams of archaeology (2012)
Warwick, A. 2012. The dreams of archaeology. Journal of Literature and Science. 5 (1), pp. 83-97.

2006

The scene of the crime: inventing the serial killer (2006)
Warwick, A. 2006. The scene of the crime: inventing the serial killer. Social & Legal Studies. 15 (4), pp. 552-569.

2015

The Edinburgh Critical Edition of the Selected Writing of Andrew Lang, volume 2 (2015)
Teverson, A., Warwick, A. and Wilson, L.G. (ed.) 2015. The Edinburgh Critical Edition of the Selected Writing of Andrew Lang, volume 2. Edinburgh Edinburgh University Press.
The Edinburgh Critical Edition of the Selected Writings of Andrew Lang: volume 1 (2015)
Teverson, A., Warwick, A. and Wilson, L.G. (ed.) 2015. The Edinburgh Critical Edition of the Selected Writings of Andrew Lang: volume 1. Edinburgh Edinburgh University Press.

2010

Mona Caird, The wing of azrael (2010)
Warwick, A. (ed.) 2010. Mona Caird, The wing of azrael. London Pickering & Chatto.

2008

The Victorian literature handbook (2008)
Warwick, A. and Willis, M. (ed.) 2008. The Victorian literature handbook. London Continuum.

2007

Oscar Wilde (2007)
Warwick, A. 2007. Oscar Wilde. Tavistock, UK Northcote House.
Jack the Ripper: media, culture, history (2007)
Warwick, A. and Willis, M. (ed.) 2007. Jack the Ripper: media, culture, history. Manchester, UK Manchester University Press.

2006

Repositioning Victorian sciences: shifting centres in nineteenth-century thinking (2006)
Clifford, D., Wadge, E., Warwick, A. and Willis, M. (ed.) 2006. Repositioning Victorian sciences: shifting centres in nineteenth-century thinking. Cambridge, UK Anthem Press.

2014

The Ambassadors of Nil: Notes on the Zombie Apocalypse (2014)
Cunningham, D.I. and Warwick, A. 2014. The Ambassadors of Nil: Notes on the Zombie Apocalypse. in: Germana, M. and Mousoutzanis, A. (ed.) Apocalyptic Discourse in Contemporary Culture: Post-Millennial Perspectives on the End of the World Routledge. pp. 175-190

2011

Unnatural selection: variation, deviation and excess at the fin de siècle (2011)
Warwick, A. 2011. Unnatural selection: variation, deviation and excess at the fin de siècle. in: Salmela, M. and Toikkanan, J. (ed.) The grotesque and the unnatural Cambria Press.

2008

Introduction and timeline (2008)
Warwick, A. and Willis, M. 2008. Introduction and timeline. in: Warwick, A. and Willis, M. (ed.) The Victorian literature handbook London Continuum. pp. 1-26
The historical context of Victorian literature (2008)
Warwick, A. 2008. The historical context of Victorian literature. in: Warwick, A. and Willis, M. (ed.) The Victorian literature handbook London Continuum. pp. 27-43

2007

Victorian gothic (2007)
Warwick, A. 2007. Victorian gothic. in: Spooner, C. and McEvoy, E. (ed.) The Routledge Companion to Gothic London Routledge. pp. 29-38
Blood and ink: narrative and the Whitechapel murders (2007)
Warwick, A. 2007. Blood and ink: narrative and the Whitechapel murders. in: Warwick, A. and Willis, M. (ed.) Jack the Ripper: media, culture, history Manchester Manchester University Press. pp. 71-87

2006

The city of resurrections: Arthur Machen and archaeological imagination (2006)
Warwick, A. 2006. The city of resurrections: Arthur Machen and archaeological imagination. in: Pearson, R. (ed.) The Victorians and the ancient world: archaeology and classicism in nineteenth-century culture Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK Cambridge Scholars Press. pp. 124-138
Margins and centres (2006)
Warwick, A. 2006. Margins and centres. in: Clifford, D., Wadge, E., Warwick, A. and Willis, M. (ed.) Repositioning Victorian sciences: shifting centres in nineteenth-century thinking Cambridge, UK Anthem Press. pp. 1-16

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