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
- British Association of Victorian Studies (Member of the Executive Committee: Communications Officer) 2011-15
- Higher Education Academy (Fellow) 2012-
Research and academic outputs
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
Hadjiafxendi, K and Plunkett, J (2022) 'Play, craft, design, feel: engaging students and the public with Victorian culture.' In: Morrison, K.A, ed. Victorian culture and experiential learning. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, pp. 101-120. ISBN 9783030937904
Hadjiafxendi, K and Plunkett, J (2017) '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, pp. 181-204. ISBN 9780198795155
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 (2015) 'Discoveries on the shore.' Primary Teacher Update, 2015 (51). p. 18. ISSN 2052-4609
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) 'Introduction: George Eliot and the poetics of disbelief.' George Eliot - George Henry Lewes Studies, 60/61. ISSN 2372-191X
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 (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 (2021) Science at the seaside: pleasure hunts in North Devon (2014-2017) [REF2021 collection].
Hadjiafxendi, K, Hodson, S, Nathwani, A and Plunkett, J (2015) Science at the seaside. Ilfracombe Museum, April 2014 - ongoing.