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Holly Furneaux  BA, MA, PhD (University of London)

Yr Athro Holly Furneaux

BA, MA, PhD (University of London)


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+44 29208 76073
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I am part of the English Literature and Critical and Cultural Theory groups within the School.

Postgraduate supervision and postdoctoral mentoring

I would welcome PhD and Postdoctoral applications from those with similar research interests. I have previously supervised PhDs on topics including 

  • Victorian visuality
  • Dickens and his legacies
  • Victorian domestic fiction and ideas of family
  • Neo-Victorian queer fiction
  • the Crimean War and its afterlives

Additional publications


Military Men of Feeling: Emotion, Touch, and Masculinity in the Crimean War (Oxford University Press, forthcoming March 2016). 

Queer Dickens: Erotics, Families, Masculinities (Oxford University Press, 2009, paperback 2013). 

Edited collections and special issues

Charting the Crimean War: Contexts, Nationhood, Afterlives, ed. by Rachel Bates, Holly Furneaux, and Alastair Massie, special issue of 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century (2015) 

Dickens in Context, ed. by Sally Ledger and Holly Furneaux (Cambridge University Press, 2011).

John Forster’s Life of Charles Dickens, edited by Holly Furneaux (Sterling, 2011). 
Dickens and Science, ed. by Holly Furneaux and Ben Winyard, special issue of 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century (2010).

Dickens and Sex, ed. by Holly Furneaux and Anne Schwan, special issue of Critical Survey, 17.2 (2005)

Articles and book chapters

Coauthored with Sue Prichard, ‘Contested Objects: Curating Soldier Art’, Museum and Society, forthcoming 2015.

'Children of the Regiment: Soldiers, Adoption, and Military Tenderness in Victorian Culture' Victorian Review, special issue ‘Extending Families’, ed. Kelly Hager and Talia Schaffer, 43 (2014), pp67-84. 
Awarded Editors’ Prize, for the best article published in the journal over the year

‘(Re)Writing Dickens Queerly: The Correspondence of Katherine Mansfield’, in Reflections on/of Dickens, ed. Ewa Kujawska-Lis and Anna Krawczyk-Łaskarzewska (Cambridge Scholars, 2014), pp121-137. 

‘Victorian Masculinities,or Military Men of Feeling: Domesticity, Militarism, and Manly Sensibility’, The Oxford Handbook of Victorian Literary Culture, ed. Juliet John (Oxford University Press, 2013).  

Household Words and the Crimean War: Journalism, Fiction and Forms of Recuperation in Wartime’, inCharles Dickens and the Mid-Victorian Press,ed. John Drew (University of Buckingham Press, 2013), pp245-60.

‘Dickens, Sexuality and the Body; or Clock Loving: Master Humphrey’s Queer Objects of Desire’, essay for ‘Dickens and Modernity’, special issue of Essays and Studies ed. by Juliet John, 65 (2012), pp41-60.

‘What I Call Home: Using Dickens in the Classroom to think about Forms of Family’ The Use of English, 64.1, 2012, pp13-22.

‘Victorian Sexualities’, Literature Compass 8 (2011), pp767-775.

‘Inscribing Friendship:Forster’sLife of Dickensand the Writing of Male Intimacy in the Victorian Period’, ‘Lives in Relation’ special issue of Life Writing, ed. Amy Culley and Rebecca Styler, 8.3 (2011), pp243-256. 

‘Negotiating the Gentle-Man: Male Nursing and Class Conflict in the ‘High’ Victorian Period’ in Conflict and Difference in Nineteenth Century Literature,ed. by Dinah Birch and Mark Llewellyn (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2010), pp109-125.

'Emotional Intertexts: Female Romantic Friendship and the Anguish of Marriage', Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies 14.2 (2009), pp25-37.

‘Charles Dickens’ Families of Choice: Elective Affinities, Sibling Substitution, and Homoerotic Desire’,Nineteenth Century Literature, 62.2 (2007), pp153-192.

‘“Hold the “Matrimonial Sauce”: The Celebration of Bachelorhood in Collins and Dickens’ in Wilkie Collins: Interdisciplinary Essays, ed. by Andrew Mangham, (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007), pp22-36.

‘Gendered Cover-ups:  Live Burial, Social Death and Coverture in Mary Braddon's Fiction’, Philological Quarterly, 84.4 (2005), pp425-450.

‘“It is Impossible to be Gentler”:  The Homoerotics of Male Nursing in Dickens’s Fiction’ in ‘Dickens and Sex’, special issue of Critical Survey, co-ed. by Holly Furneaux and  Anne Schwan, 17.2 (2005), pp34-47.  

‘“Worrying to Death”: Reinterpreting Dickens’s critique of the New Poor Law in Oliver Twist and Contemporary Adaptations’, Dickensian, 101.3 (2005), pp213-224.













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My research is in Victorian literature and culture, and Victorian legacies, with an emphasis on gender, forms of family, sexuality, touch and emotion. 

I am currently building on an AHRC funded project Military Men of Feeling, in partnership with the National Army Museum. Focused on the Crimean War, the project investigated overlooked aspects of soldiers' felt experience, such as family feeling in regiments, soldier adoptions, the production of trench art, and battlefield nursing. Recognising a widespread cultural emphasis on the gentle soldier, this project desposes persistent ideas about Victorian masculinity as well as enhancing our understanding of the complexities of battlefield feeling. 

I am now exploring a longer cultural history of military masculinity from the eighteenth century to the First World War. I am working with Compton Verney and the National Army Museum to develop a Soldier Art exhibition.

I also continue to work in Dickens studies, and am writing articles on queer Dickens fan fiction and on Dickens’s antisocial women. These form part of a longer work in progress, Dickens Fandom: Reading, Writing, Fantasy. I am an adviser for the BBC’s Dickensian (on screen from Dec 2015) and a co-organiser of the annual Dickens Day in London.


Holly joined the School of English, Communication & Philosophy at Cardiff in 2015 from University of Leicester, where she was Reader in Victorian Studies.