Dr Clare Horrocks

Dr Clare Horrocks

PhD LJMU 2009

Telephone: +44 (0)151 231 5035

Work address:

Humanities and Social Science,
Liverpool John Moores University,
John Foster Building,
80 - 98 Mount Pleasant,
L3 5UZ

Email: C.l.Horrocks@ljmu.ac.uk


Curran Fellowship from the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (2009); Liverpool John Moores University Early Career Fellowship (2010-2011)

Research Interests

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.

Current Projects

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.

University Responsibilities

• Admissions tutor for the Department of Media and Cultural Studies (MCS) and Level Four Year Tutor
• MCS PDP co-ordinator
• Independent Learning co-ordinator (Level Six) – Dissertation and Work Based Learning
• Faculty plagiarism panel representative
• Member of University Appeals panel
• Member of University Standing panel
• Panel member and Chair for University Collaborative Partners Validations
• Member of the University Criminal Convictions Panel

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

Summer 2011 (ongoing) reviews contributor for the Journal of Victorian Culture (Routledge)

Winter 2010 Report for the Digital Forum section in the Journal of Victorian Culture (Routledge)

Winter 2010 Research Guides for Gale Cengage’s Illustrated London News Digital Archive online

Summer 2009 (ongoing) reviews contributor for Victorian Periodicals Review (Johns Hopkins University Press)

Summer 2009 (ongoing) contributor to the online Routledge Annotated Bibliography of English Studies (Nineteenth Century edition)

April 2009 editor of a special edition of the Journal of Popular Narrative Media on Punch and new journalism in the nineteenth century

Contributor for the Research Society for Victorian Periodical's Bibliography in Victorian Periodical's Review (2008 - 2012)

Contributor for the Dictionary of Nineteenth Century Journalism (2008)

Co-editor with Nickianne Moody of Children's Fantasy Fiction: Debates for the Twenty-First Century (LJMU Press, 2005)

"The Personification of Father Thames in the Verbal and Visual Campaign for Public Health Reform in Punch" in Victorian Periodicals Review (2003)

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