Senior Lecturer in English Literature: Literature and Place
CoLA - Culture and Environment
My main research lies in mid-Victorian women’s writing, especially the work of George Eliot, nineteenth-century feeling, the nature of artistic labour and the history of authorship, with a newly developed interest in literatures of place and south-west literary heritage. I have recently embarked on a new book-length study of the role that British women's travelling and residency in Europe played in the building of artistic communities in the long nineteenth century.
This project grows out of my most recent publications in nineteenth-century women and the professions. This is evident in the anthology "What is a Woman to Do? A Reader on Women, Work, and Art c.1830-1890" and collection of essays "Crafting the Woman Professional: Artistry and Industry in Britain" . These two books try to redefine and enhance our understanding of women’s relationship to work by foregrounding the connections and distinctions between those artistic milieux regarded as high culture (painting, sculpture, literature) and those classed as ‘art industry’—such as pottery-painting, art needlework, or engraving.
My examination of the multivalent character of the female professions builds on my long-term work on authorship which includes, among others, the collection of essays "Authorship in Context: From the Theoretical to the Material" and my forthcoming monograph on George Eliot, the Literary Market-Place and Sympathy, which examines the impact that the shifting character of the mid-Victorian literary market-place had on shaping the communities of professional women writers in relation to and against which Eliot constructed her authorial persona.
I am currently working with Ilfracombe Museum on a public engagement project -- "Science at the Seaside: Pleasure Hunts in North Devon" -- which helps me to further develop my interest in community building through travelling. This project seeks to engage local communities with a neglected aspect of their heritage; namely, the growth of seaside science and environmental tourism in North Devon during the Victorian and Edwardian periods.
The North Devon coast attracted many literary and scientific visitors, local and distinguished, professional and amateur; these included well-known figures such as George Eliot, George Henry Lewes, George Tugwell and Philip Gosse, who explored, collected and displayed scientific specimens, as well as published accounts of their visits. There is a rich history of writing about the North Devon coast, which deserves to be better known as it played an important national role in the growth of Victorian popular science.
- PhD University of East Anglia
- MA University of Cardiff
- BA(Hons) University of Cyprus
Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PCAP), University of Exeter, 2012
Advanced International Certificate of Education: Training in School-Based Assessment in English, University of Cambridge, 1999
Membership of Professional Bodies
British Association of Victorian Studies (Member of the Executive Committee: Communications Officer) 2011-15
Higher Education Academy (Fellow) 2012-
My teaching draws heavily on my research in Victorian material and print culture on the basis of which I have been awarded a Bath Spa University Teaching Fellowship in 2015.
I am interested in supervising students in most areas of nineteenth-century literature (particularly women's writing, the literary market-place and related art industries, and female artistic labour) -- as well as projects on literatures of place, south-west writing, and the history of the emotions.
I teach the following modules on the MA Literature, Landscape and Environment:
EN7008: Writing the West Country (module co-ordinator)
EN7009: Dissertation (module co-ordinator)
I teach on the following undergraduate modules:
EN6055: Literary Women, Work and Art: Romantic to Modern (module co-ordinator)
EN6001: The English Project
EN4001: Critical Reading 1
EN4008: Print, Book and Candle
EN4003: Scandal and Sobriety: From the Enlightenment to Victorianism
Research Publications and Outputs
Number of items: 17.
Hadjiafxendi, K and Zakreski, P, eds. (2013) Crafting the woman professional in the long nineteenth century: artistry and industry in Britain. Ashgate, Farnham. ISBN 9781472408969
Hadjiafxendi, K and Zakreski, P, eds. (2011) What is a woman to do? A reader on women, work and art, c. 1830-1890. Peter Lang. ISBN 9783039111169
Hadjiafxendi, K and Mackay, P, eds. (2007) Authorship in context: from the theoretical to the material. Palgrave, Basingstoke. ISBN 9781403949011
Book Chapter or Section
Hadjiafxendi, K (2016) 'Science at the seaside: pleasure hunts in Victorian Devon.' In: Allen, N, Groom, N and Smith, J, eds. Coastal works: cultures of the Atlantic edge. Oxford University Press, Oxford. (Forthcoming)
Hadjiafxendi, K (2014) 'Becoming George Eliot: female authorship in the nineteenth century.' In: DeMaria, R, Chang, H and Zacher, S, eds. A companion to British literature. Blackwell companions to literature and culture, IV . Blackwell, Oxford, pp. 14-32. ISBN 9780470656044
Hadjiafxendi, K and Zakreski, P (2013) 'Introduction: artistry and industry - the process of female professionalisation.' In: Crafting the woman professional in the long nineteenth century: artistry and industry in Britain. Ashgate, Farnham, pp. 1-24. ISBN 9781472408969
Hadjiafxendi, K (2013) 'Negotiating fame: mid-Victorian women writers and the romantic myth of the gentlemanly reviewer.' In: Hadjiafxendi, K and Zakreski, P, eds. Crafting the woman professional in the long nineteenth century: artistry and industry in Britain. Ashgate, Farnham, pp. 187-205. ISBN 9781472408969
Hadjiafxendi, K (2013) 'Gender and the woman question.' In: Harris, M, ed. George Eliot in Context. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521764087
Hadjiafxendi, K and Plunkett, J (2009) 'The pre-history of the 'Little Magazine'.' In: Brooker, P and Thacker, A, eds. The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines Volume I: Britain and Ireland 1880-1955. Oxford University Press, pp. 33-50. ISBN 9780199211159
Hadjiafxendi, K (2007) ''George Eliot', the literary market-place and sympathy.' In: Hadjiafxendi, K and Mackay, P, eds. Authorship in context: from the theoretical to the material. Palgrave, Basingstoke, pp. 33-55. ISBN 9781403949011
Hadjiafxendi, K, Smith, O, James, F, O'Brien, E, Stewart, D, Whittaker, J, Machell, C and Davies, J (2012) 'XII * Literature 1780-1830: The Romantic Period.'The Year's Work in English Studies, 91 (1). pp. 624-714. ISSN 0084-4144
Hadjiafxendi, K (2011) 'Between deafness and sound: aurality and the limits of sympathy in The mill on the floss.'George Eliot Review, 42. pp. 77-86. ISSN 1358-345X
Hadjiafxendi, K (2011) 'Introduction: George Eliot and the poetics of disbelief.'George Eliot - George Henry Lewes Studies, 60/61. ISSN 2372-191X
Hadjiafxendi, K (2010) 'Voicing the past: aural sensibility, the weaver-poet and George Eliot's 'Erinna'.'Studies in the Literary Imagination, Spring. pp. 95-118. ISSN 0039-3819
Hadjiafxendi, K (2009) 'Profession, vocation, trade: Marian Evans and the making of the woman professional writer.'Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, 5.2. ISSN 1556-7524
Hadjiafxendi, K (2008) 'Cornhill Magazine.'The Literary Encyclopedia. ISSN 1747-678X
Hadjiafxendi, K, Hodson, S, Nathwani, A and Plunkett, J (2015) Science at the seaside. Ilfracombe Museum, April 2014 - ongoing. [Exhibition] Please click the title to check availability.
RESEARCH IN PREPARATION
George Eliot, the Literary Market-Place and Sympathy
This book examines Eliot’s strategic use of the philosophical discourse of sympathy in her negotiations with publishers, reviewers and readers in the context of other Victorian writers’ appropriations of Romantic models of authorship.
Mind and Word: The Poetries of Melancholia
This collection aims to develop a fuller historical understanding of modernity’s role in the development of melancholia from a medical discourse to a dispositional perspective. Contributors include Ron Levao, Catherine Maxwell, Cornelia Pearsall, Susan Wolfson.
Science at the Seaside: Pleasure Hunts in North Devon. October 2013-January 2015. Fully funded by a FLAG grant. Reported in The Herald and North Devon Gazette.
This project examines the growth of seaside science and environmental tourism in North Devon during the Victorian and Edwardian periods. For more information on the activities, see
Other External Roles
BBC2, Coast. Consultant on cave tourism on Jersey, 2014
Grant Reviewer, British Association for Victorian Studies, 2011-15
Grant Reviewer, Narodowe Centrum Nauki - NCN (National Science Center, Poland), 2014
Reader for Ashgate, Blackwell, Palgrave, Routledge, Journal of Victorian Culture, Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies, MHRA Working, Papers in the Humanities and Modern Language Review, 2007-
INVITED TALKS (SELECTION)
“Co-operative Shirtmaking: Edith Simcox, George Eliot and Community Building.” Dress: Art and Industry Workshop.
Tailored Trades: Clothes, Labour and Professional Communities (1880-1939) Network. University of Exeter, 2013
“Negotiating Fame: George Eliot, M. E. Braddon and Mid-Victorian Taxonomies of Feeling.” British Studies
Colloquium, Yale University, 2011
“Mid-Victorian Women Writers and the Romantic Myth of the Gentlemanly Reviewer.” Research Seminar. Department
of English Studies, Princeton University, 2011
“From Embroidery to Taxidermy: A History of Victorian Women’s Handicraft.” Victorian Week. Ilfracombe Museum.
[With Patricia Zakreski], 2014
“Acts of Rewriting: Victorian Women Poets and Salon Culture.” The Global and the Local, NAVSA/BAVS/AVSA
Supernumerary Conference. Venice, Italy, 2013
“Amateurism on Display: Collection and Exhibition in Anna Mary Howitt’s An Art-Student in Munich.” Victorian Value:
Ethics, Economics, Aesthetics, BAVS Conference. Sheffield University, 2012
Recent Professional Updating
£30,703.71 FLAG Grant Science at the Seaside: Pleasure Hunts in North Devon [With University of Exeter and
Ilfracombe Museum], 2013
£3,313.20 HEA Individual Teaching Grant, 2012
£2,375 British Academy Small Research Grant, 2011
Organiser. Curious Ilfracombe in 20 Objects Symposium. Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe [With John Plunkett et al.], 2014
Curator. Seaside Collecting Exhibition. Ilfracombe Museum [With Sara Hodson, Anita Nathwani and John Plunkett], 2014
Organiser. Poetry and Melancholia Conference. University of Stirling [With David Miller], 2011