Liverpool Skyline

Humanities and Social Science

Dr Jude Piesse

Biography

My first book, British Settler Emigration in Print, 1832-1877 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), is about the literary culture of nineteenth-century emigration from Britain, with an emphasis upon popular periodicals. My current project brings together developing interests in secret gardens and the life and work of Charles Darwin. It aims to combine academic approaches to research with more creative ways of writing about history and culture. It also extends my interest in concepts of place and mobility.

Before joining the department in April 2017, I worked as a Lecturer in English for the University of Chester, based at University Centre Shrewsbury. I have also taught for the University of Exeter, Plymouth University, and as an Associate Lecturer for the Open University. My teaching has spanned a wide range of topics and periods, including nineteenth-century, twentieth-century, and American literature, introductory literature, interdisciplinary humanities, and critical theory courses, and creative writing.

I completed my PhD on the literature of nineteenth-century settler emigration at the University of Exeter. I also hold a BA in English from Leeds University, an MA in English Literature (1850-Present) from King’s College London, and an MA in Creative Writing (Prose) from the University of East Anglia.

Degrees

2013, University of Exeter, Exeter, United Kingdom, PhD in English
2009, King's College London, London, United Kingdom, MA in English Literature (1850-Present)
2004, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom, MA in Creative Writing (Prose)
2001, University of Leeds, United Kingdom, BA in English

Publications

Chapters

Piesse JI. 2018. Exiles and Exes: Women's Emigration Poetry and Fiction in the Victorian Periodical Press International Migrations in the Victorian Era Brill. Leiden

Piesse J. 2017. The Path out of Haworth: Mobility, Migration, and the Global in Charlotte Bronte's Shirley and the Writings of Mary Taylor Wynne D, Regis A. Charlotte Bronte: Afterlives and Legacies Manchester University Press 978-1-7849-9246-0

Piesse JI. 2014. "'Ever so Many Partings Welded Together'": Serial Settlement and Great Expectations . Wagner T. Domestic Fiction in Colonial Australia and New Zealand Pickering and Chatto

Book Reviews

Piesse JI. 2017. Place and Progress in the Works of Elizabeth Gaskell Modern Language Review,

Piesse JI. 2016. Beautiful Trees, by Nick Perring Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, Nine

Piesse JI. 2013. Dickens and Mass Culture, by Juliet John Victoriographies: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century Writing, 1790-1914, Three

Books

Piesse J. 2015. British Settler Emigration in Print, 1832-1877 Oxford University Press 9780198752967

Journal Articles

Piesse J. 2013. 2012 VanArsdel Prize Essay Dreaming across Oceans: Emigration and Nation in the Mid-Victorian Christmas Issue Victorian Periodicals Review, 46 :37-60 >DOI

Engagement & Impact

Award:

Award title: BAVS conference funding (for "Strange New Today: Victorians, Crisis and Response"), Awarding body: British Association for Victorian Studies

Award title: BAVS conference presenter's bursary, Awarding body: British Association for Victorian Studies

Award title: VanArsdel Prize, Awarding body: Research Society for Victorian Periodicals

Award title: AHRC Research Support Training Grant, Awarding body: AHRC

Award title: AHRC Block Grant Partnership Studentship (PhD funding), Awarding body: AHRC

Conference organisation:

Conference name: "Strange New Today: Victorians, Crisis, and Response", Position: Co-organiser

Conference presentation:

Title of presentation: "Consumption, Diffusion, and Influences; or, the Consequences of Three Metaphors", Conference title: Popular Fictions: Selling Culture? (Annual Conference of the Association for Research in Popular Fictions), Place/location of conference: Liverpool John Moores University, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: "Dreaming Across Oceans: Emigration and the Nation at Christmas", Conference title: Travel in the Nineteenth Century: Narratives, Histories, and Collections, Place/location of conference: University of Lincoln, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: "Openings Without Limit: Female Emigration and the Case of Miss Rye", Conference title: Work and Leisure (annual conference of the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals), Place/location of conference: Canterbury Christ Church University, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: "Decomposing Great Expectations: Reading Migration in Serial Form", Conference title: Composition and Decomposition (BAVS annual conference), Place/location of conference: University of Birmingham, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: "Widening Wests: Nineteenth-Century American Westerns and the Literature of Anglo Settler Migration", Conference title: British Association for American Studies Annual Conference, Place/location of conference: University of Exeter, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: "Five Million Journeys: Mass Emigration in the Victorian Peroidical Press", Conference title: The Local and the Global (BAVS/NAVSA/AVSA annual conference), Place/location of conference: Venice, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: "Darwin the Writer: The Imaginative and Literary Life of Charles Darwin", Conference title: Darwin's Childhood Garden Study Day, Place/location of conference: University Centre Shrewsbury, Presentation type: Lecture and creative workshop

Title of presentation: Victorian Settler Emigration and the Radical Press, Conference title: Fifth meeting of the North West Print Culture Research Network, Place/location of conference: Edge Hill University, Presentation type: Oral presentation

External collaboration:

Institution: University Centre Shrewsbury, at University of Chester (co-organized event: Darwin's Childhood Garden Study Day), Collaborator: Shropshire Wildlife Trust (co-organized event: Darwin's Childhood Garden Study Day)

Fellowships:

Fellowship title: British Research Council Fellowship., Organisation: AHRC-funded fellowship at John W. Kluge Center, Library of Congress, Washington D.C.

Media Coverage:

Media coverage: Interview with BBC Radio Shropshire about the Darwin's Childhood Study Day (co-organised with Shropshire Wildlife Trust in March 2016)

Other Professional Activity:

Describe the Professional Activities: Nov. 2017: I co-organized the bi-annual North-West Print Culture Research Network Workshop at Liverpool John Moores University, in collaboration with Edge Hill University. The event featured a range of presentations and papers from internal and external colleagues.

Describe the Professional Activities: "Victorian Settler Emigration in Print". Presentation given at Research Fellows' Work-in-Progress Seminar Series, John W. Kluge Center, Library of Congress, Washington D.C.

Describe the Professional Activities: Public Lecture - 'Leaving Britain: Emigration and Literature in the Age of Empire', at Rowley's House, University Centre Shrewsbury. With graphic novelist Simon Grennan.