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About Alice Crossley

Alice Crossley is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature, specialising in nineteenth-century literature and culture. Her research centres on Victorian fiction, and focuses on masculinity and representations of childhood and adolescence, as well as old age, in the Victorian novel. Her first book on this subject, Male Adolescence in Mid-Victorian Fiction (forthcoming 2018), draws on both age and gender studies to examine the complexities of identity formation and experience in work by George Meredith, Anthony Trollope, and W.M. Thackeray. A number of published articles and book chapters are linked to this topic, ranging from an examination of childhood, nostalgia, and the youthful male body, to studies of dandyism and of age difference. In addition, she works on nineteenth-century valentines, with an emphasis on materiality and the cultural significance of ephemeral objects. She welcomes applications from prospective postgraduate students on any of these areas and related topics. Alice's teaches on literature from 1789-1914, as well as on children's literature, age/ing studies, and print culture.

Department Responsibilities

Alice is Programme Leader for English (Undergraduate)

Subject Specialism

Nineteenth-Century Literature


  • PhD — University of Leeds, 2010
  • MA (Victorian Literature) — University of Leeds, 2006
  • BA Hons (English) — University of Sussex, 2005


Member of the Executive Committee of the British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS)

PhD Supervisor

PhD Supervisor for a PhD in Creative Writing

Professional Affiliations