Carolyn W. de la L. Oulton is Director of the International Centre for Victorian Women Writers (ICVWW), which she co-founded with Adrienne Gavin. She is also Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Humanities and wrote the Creative and Professional Writing BA Hons degree.
Research and knowledge exchange
Current ICVWW research projects include: From Brontë to Bloomsbury: Realism, Sensation and the New in Women's Writing from the 1840s to the 1930s.
Previous projects have included Letterpress Reimagined http://letterpressreimagined.com/ (a Heritage Lottery funded project in collaboration with the National Trust at Sissinghurst), Gates to the Glorious and the Unknown http://glorious-and-unknown.co.uk/ (funded by Arts Council England) and Lady Audley on Trial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkpBV4mqa9E (funded by the Being Human Festival in 2016).
ICVWW exhibitions have included: Victorian Rebel: The Many Faces of Mary Braddon (2012), Wild Woman to New Woman: Sex and Suffrage on the Victorian Stage (in association with the Centre for Gender, Sexuality and Writing at the University of Kent, May 2013) and Victorian Women at the Seaside (a travelling exhibition held over the summer and autumn of 2014).
With Adrienne Gavin, Carolyn co-convened the Women Writers of the Fin de Siècle International Conference (2010). She has since co-convened the inaugural ICVWW Brontë to Bloomsbury conference on Reassessing Women’s Writing of the 1840s and 50s (2014), the second conference on Reassessing Women’s Writing of the 1860s and 70s (2015) and the third conference on Reassessing Women’s Writing of the 1880s and 90s (2016).
She also maintains the websitewww.marycholmondeley.com, selected for archiving by the British Library in 2012.
Teaching and subject expertise
Carolyn teaches on the MA in English Literature and the Creative and Professional Writing BA Hons programme, and is an experienced PhD supervisor with external examining experience.
Research interests include: romantic friendship, the New Woman and upper class women writers of the nineteenth century. Her current research is on seaside reading from the 1840s to the 1930s.
Carolyn is interested in supervising PhD research in nineteenth-century literature, including: Dickens, Mary Cholmondeley, New Woman fiction, Jerome K. Jerome and the New Humour.
Membership of literary organisations includes:
- British Association of Victorian Studies
- Jerome K. Jerome Society
- Women’s Life Writing Network
- Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing
Literary Editor: Victorian Secrets
Reviews Editor: Nineteenth Century Gender Studies
Associate Editor (Victorian): The Year's Work in English Studies
Publications and research outputs
Literature and Religion in Mid-Victorian England. Palgrave Macmillan 2003
Romantic Friendship in Victorian Literature. Ashgate 2007
Let the Flowers Go: A Life of Mary Cholmondeley. Pickering & Chatto 2009
Below the Fairy City: A Life of Jerome K. Jerome. Victorian Secrets 2012.
Dickens and the Myth of the Reader. Routledge 2016.
with SueAnn Schatz, Mary Cholmondeley Reconsidered. Pickering & Chatto 2009
with Adrienne E. Gavin, Writing Women of the Fin de Siècle: Authors of Change. Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
General Editor, New Woman Fiction 1881 – 1899 (9 part series). Pickering & Chatto July 2010 - May 2011.
Read more of my research.
The Rain. Sol Publications 2000.
Left Past the Moon. National Poetry Foundation 2001.
A Child, a Death and the Making of the Fairy Tale Woman. Bewrite Books 2011.
Accidental Fruit. Worple Press 2016. http://www.worplepress.com/accidental-fruit/