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Dr Jude Piesse


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.


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


Book review

Piesse JI. 2019. Imagined Homelands: British Poetry in the Colonies, by Jason R. Rudy Literature and History,

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


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


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

Journal article

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

Conference presentation:

The Life and Times of Darwin’s Childhood Garden: Patterns, Pathways, Forms, British Association of Victorian Studies Annual Conference 2018 - 'Victorian Patterns', University of Exeter, Oral presentation 29/08/2018

“The Life and Times of Darwin’s Childhood Garden: Patterns, Pathways, Forms”, 'Victorian Patterns', British Association of Victorian Studies Annual Conference, University of Exeter, Oral presentation 29/08/2018

“Prison Voices in the Classroom: Crime, Punishment, and Pedagogy in the Digital Age”, Crime Fiction(s): Victorian and Neo-Victorian Narratives of Crime and Punishment, Edinburgh Napier University, Oral presentation 27/04/2018

Victorian Settler Emigration and the Radical Press, Fifth meeting of the North West Print Culture Research Network, Edge Hill University, Oral presentation 26/04/2017

"Darwin the Writer: The Imaginative and Literary Life of Charles Darwin", Darwin's Childhood Garden Study Day, University Centre Shrewsbury, Lecture and creative workshop 22/03/2017

"Five Million Journeys: Mass Emigration in the Victorian Peroidical Press", The Local and the Global (BAVS/NAVSA/AVSA annual conference), Venice, Oral presentation 06/06/2013

"Widening Wests: Nineteenth-Century American Westerns and the Literature of Anglo Settler Migration", British Association for American Studies Annual Conference, University of Exeter, Oral presentation 01/04/2013

"Decomposing Great Expectations: Reading Migration in Serial Form", Composition and Decomposition (BAVS annual conference), University of Birmingham, Oral presentation 01/09/2011

"Dreaming Across Oceans: Emigration and the Nation at Christmas", Travel in the Nineteenth Century: Narratives, Histories, and Collections, University of Lincoln, Oral presentation 01/07/2011

"Openings Without Limit: Female Emigration and the Case of Miss Rye", Work and Leisure (annual conference of the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals), Canterbury Christ Church University, Oral presentation 01/07/2011

"Consumption, Diffusion, and Influences; or, the Consequences of Three Metaphors", Popular Fictions: Selling Culture? (Annual Conference of the Association for Research in Popular Fictions), Liverpool John Moores University, Oral presentation 01/11/2010


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

BAVS conference presenter's bursary, British Association for Victorian Studies

VanArsdel Prize, Research Society for Victorian Periodicals

AHRC Research Support Training Grant, AHRC

AHRC Block Grant Partnership Studentship (PhD funding), AHRC

Conference organisation:

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

External collaboration:

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


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

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:

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.

"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.

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