Dr Clare Horrocks
Dr Clare Horrocks
PhD LJMU 2009
Telephone: +44 (0)151 231 5035
Humanities and Social Science,
Curran Fellowship from the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (2009); Liverpool John Moores University Early Career Fellowship (2010-2011)
My principle research area is the field of Victorian periodicals at mid-century, particularly looking at satire as a vehicle for advocating the need for social reform. I have conducted extensive archive research into the origins of the British satirical magazine Punch and have built a Special Collection on Punch and the Victorian Periodical Press at the LJMU Aldham Roberts Library. Part of this project is a Digital Collection which identifies the anonymous contributors to Punch magazine, transcribing the Punch Contributor Ledgers previously only available by visiting the British Library. From this work I have begun to research the journalistic contributions of William Makepeace Thackeray, publishing an essay in Victorians in Fall 2011. In February 2011 I convened the Victorian Print and Popular Culture Seminar Series as part of the Research Centre for English Literature and Cultural History and there remain ongoing events/talks/seminars.
Completing a pilot digital project for LJMU Special Collections on Punch and the Victorian Periodical Press alongside completing my monograph on Punch for Continuum due for completion in 2013.
At Level 4 I work on two 24 credit modules, teaching blocks on Travel Entertainment and Leisure and Comedy and Ethics. Both modules are assessed through work-related portfolio assessments and I have established collaborative links with Cunard, the Liverpool Comedy Trust and the Liverpool Royal Court. At Level 5 I am the module leader for the core course on Research Methods looking at digital archives, changes in print culture and strategies for research. I also co-teach on the 24 credit module, Narrative and Society leading a block examining the enduring popularity of Gothic Fictions across fiction, film and music. In the final year I teach a range of option modules, including Media Ethics. I am also the Level 6 Independent Learning Co-ordinator.
• Admissions tutor for the Department of Media and Cultural Studies (MCS) and Level Four Year Tutor
Post Graduate Teaching and Supervision
I have acted in an advisory capacity for students embarking on MRes and PhD work and am actively looking to supervise PhDs on any aspect of nineteenth century print culture and/or the work of Thackeray and Charles Dickens from mid-century through to the fin-de-siècle. Other possible fields of research that I would be interested in supervising extend across the 1920s and 1930s and would also include more recent representations of travel, entertainment and leisure.
Fall 2011 Clare Horrocks and Gary Simons (University of South Florida) “From Paris to Punch: William Makepeace Thackeray and a New Era in Social Satire” in the international journal Victorians