Claire Furlong

Claire Furlong


About me

I specialise in Victorian literature, particularly in popular magazines and in science and literature.

My PhD, which I am now preparing for publication, explores the treatment of science in popular nineteenth-century periodicals, in particular those consumed by working-class men and women. It shows how apparently non-scientific general interest publications were an important location for popular science, and that the magazines engaged with new ideas in complex and varied ways, accepting, modifying and challenging theories and methods from positions informed by their political, commercial and spiritual aims.

My essay, "Health advice in popular periodicals: Reynolds’s Miscellany, the Family Herald, and their correspondents", was awarded the 2015 VanArsdel prize by the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals. It was published in the Spring 2016 edition of Victorian Periodicals Review.

I am also a qualified solicitor and worked for a number of years in this field before returning to academia in 2011.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD English Literature, University of Exeter
  • MA English Literature, University of Sussex
  • BA English Literature, University of Liverpool
  • Legal Practice Course, College of Law
  • Graduate Diploma in Law, College of Law.

Professional qualifications

  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Professional memberships

  • British Association for Victorian Studies
  • Research Society for Victorian Periodicals
  • British Society for Literature and Science.


  • EN4001 Critical Reading 1
  • EN4003 Scandal and Sobriety
  • EN6001 The English Project.

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