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Mark Llewellyn

Professor Mark Llewellyn


Head of School

School of English, Communication and Philosophy

+44 29208 76119
John Percival Building, Room JP 2.43, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU
Available for postgraduate supervision


From February 2024, I am Head of the School of English, Communication and Philosophy.

I joined Cardiff as Professor of English Literature in 2017. Within ENCAP, alongside my teaching and research, I have previously been the School’s Director of Research Funding (2017-20) and Director of Research (2018-19; 2021-23). For the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences I was an advisor on external research funding between 2017-2020. At institutional level, I was heavily involved in work towards REF2021 (2018-21), including advising units of assessment under all four main panels and working closely with the PVC Research on the institutional environment statement.

In addition to my work within ENCAP, I am currently Co-Chair of the Cardiff University-Museum Wales Strategic Partnership Working Group (2023-2028).

Academic and other roles

Throughout my career, I’ve engaged and served the wider scholarly community through leadership in subject associations (including executive committee roles in the British Association for Victorian Studies, 2006-2011); journal editorships (Neo-Victorian Studies 2008-11 and 2017-23; Journal of Gender Studies 2006-2010); as a publisher (Co-chair of Cardiff University Press Board, 2018-2022) and as a civil servant (as Director of Research at the AHRC, 2012-17). I have reviewed extensively for publishers, journals, and funding agencies in the UK and Europe – I’ve chaired or been a member of more than 50 funding panels in the last decade. I’ve also been an external examiner of research degrees at several institutions in the UK and internationally.

My current external roles are more focused on civic engagement through non-executive positions in schools within a multi-academy trust in the South West of England (2022-27). I am also a governor of Plymouth Marjon University (from 2023).




















Book sections



My research covers literature and culture from the late-Victorian to the contemporary periods. This is reflected in my publications, which include critical editions, essays, and edited collections on the Anglo-Irish writer George Moore (1852-1933) alongside articles on contemporary women writers and edited collections and special journal issues on 21st century women’s writing.

Since around 2007 the area I’ve been most associated is neo-Victorianism (including the monograph I co-authored with Ann Heilmann, Neo-Victorianism [2010]), which has served to combine my interests in the contemporary and the Victorian periods. My book Austere Allusions: On the (Neo-)Victorian Now (forthcoming) brings together some of my most recent thinking in relation to this research field and offers some new readings of contemporary literature and culture (including political, economic, and social change) and how it has deployed the Victorian past around three moments of 21st century cultural and social crisis.

My other main area is late-Victorian literature and culture and my monograph on decadent period writers and artists, Incestuous Aesthetics at the fin de siècle, is forthcoming. This book offers three case studies as a way to explore how incest operated as a literary and cultural motif in the 1880s and 1890s.

More recently I’ve developed an interest in the forms of academic and critical writing, specifically something I have begun to formulate as the ‘autobiocritical turn’ in critical-creative practice. Connected to this theme, my current research concerns are in literary studies and the concept of disciplinarity, including public perceptions of what constitutes lit-crit and why any of it should matter. And even more puzzlingly why we do it at all.


While I am Head of School my teaching time is limited, but I continue to supervise undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations as well as my PhD students. During my career my teaching has ranged from the Renaissance to contemporary periods – at Cardiff this has mainly focused on contributions to teaching on modules in the Victorian period.



I’m originally from Swansea, which is also where I went to university.

Before joining Cardiff in 2017, I was Director of Research at the Arts and Humanities Research Council (2012-17). I simultaneously held the John Anderson Research Leadership Professorship of English at the University of Strathclyde from 2011. I joined Strathclyde from the University of Liverpool where I worked as an AHRC post-doctoral research associate (2006-07) then lecturer (2007-09) and senior lecturer (2009-11) in English. I also served at Liverpool as Faculty Director of Postgraduate Research (Humanities and Social Sciences).


My supervision interests range across the 19th to 21st centuries, and I welcome enquiries from potential doctoral and postdoctoral researchers with plans to develop projects in from the Victorians through to contemporary literary and cultural studies more generally.

I am currently primary supervisor for projects on Welsh decadence (p/t student, started 2022); a thesis on masculinity and the ‘New Man’ in the Victorian period (international student f/t from 2023-) and a project on Victorian children’s literature and ecocriticism (from January 2024).

I have recently mentored a research fellow funded by the Turkish research council, TUBITAK, for a project on neo-Regency literature and culture in relation to concepts of neo-Victorianism (2023).


Current supervision

Sarah Alanazi

Sarah Alanazi

Research student