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Joanne Parsons

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Personal statement

My research focuses upon literary, medical and cultural readings surrounding men’s relationship to food within the Victorian period. This is a field that has not yet been covered in scholarship, although the link between women and food has been extensively examined. Therefore, my work establishes connections between existing research on women, food, consumption, and the presentation of the female body, and the unexplored territory of her male counterpart. I am particularly interested in discovering how the depiction of these themes within sensation and realist novels reinforce or expose the rigid construction of masculinity within this period and how they reflect contemporary cultural discourses.

Extending out from my thesis my research interests include: Victorian literature with particular reference to the novel; sensation fiction, in particular the work of Wilkie Collins; realist fiction; the Gothic; the representation of food in literature and food history; masculinities; gender and sexuality; digital humanities. I have a side interest in neo-Victorianism and the use of web 2.0 technologies as a teaching and learning tool in HE.

Alongside Sarah Chaney (UCL), I co-convene the Damaging the Body series of seminars and events. I also organise Victorian Popular Fiction Association‘s research seminar series and manage their Twitter page. I am the media officer for the Journal of Victorian Culture. I was the managing editor and founder of the Feminist and Women’s Studies Association blog.

Professional memberships

  • Research Society for Victorian Periodicals
    Member (since 2014)
  • North American Victorian Studies Association
    Member (since 2014)
  • Postgraduate Contemporary Women’s Writing Network
    Member (since 2013)
  • British Society for Literature and Science
    Member (since 2013)
  • Feminist and Women’s Studies Association
    Member (since 2012)
  • Long Nineteenth Century Network (University of the West of England)
    Member (since 2011)
  • British Association of Victorian Studies
    Member (since 2010)
  • Gender Studies Research Group (University of the West of England)
    Member (since 2010)
  • The International Gothic Association
    Member (since 2010)
  • Victorian Popular Fiction Association
    Member (since 2010)
  • British Library Teachers’ Network
    Member (since 2009).

Teaching specialism

  • Literature and Evil
  • Crime Fiction
  • Scandal and Sobriety
  • Critical Reading.

Research and academic outputs

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Eating Englishness and causing chaos: food and the body of the fat man in R. S. Surtees' Jorrocks's jaunts and jollities, Handley Cross, and Hillingdon Hall
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Parsons, J (2014) 'Eating Englishness and causing chaos: food and the body of the fat man in R. S. Surtees' Jorrocks's jaunts and jollities, Handley Cross, and Hillingdon Hall.' Nineteenth-Century Contexts, 36 (4). pp. 335-346. ISSN 1477-2663


Felonies, fear, and the fat form: criminality as inscribed on the body in 'The woman in white'
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Parsons, J (2016) Felonies, fear, and the fat form: criminality as inscribed on the body in 'The woman in white'. In: Captivating Criminality 3: Crime Fiction, Felony, Fear and Forensics, 23 -25 June 2016, Bath Spa University, Corsham, UK.


‘Great guzzling’ gourmands and ‘Lubberly lump[s] of humanity’: food and fat in Surtees’ fiction
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Parsons, J (2014) ‘Great guzzling’ gourmands and ‘Lubberly lump[s] of humanity’: food and fat in Surtees’ fiction. In: R. S. Surtees Society AGM, 30th May 2014, 10 Buckingham Gate, London.


Poets and the peacock dinner: a literary history of a meal [book review]
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Parsons, J (2016) Poets and the peacock dinner: a literary history of a meal [book review]. Irish Studies Review, 24 (4). pp. 483-484. ISSN 0967-0882


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