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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 (2018), draws on both ageing and gender studies to examine the complexities of identity formation and youthful experience in work by George Meredith, Anthony Trollope, and W.M. Thackeray. A number of her 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 PhD students on any of these areas and related topics, and is especially interested in supervising projects on masculinity, Victorian fiction, children's literature, neo-Victorian writing, ageing, and material culture. Alice's is English Programme Leader, and 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

Subject Specialism

Nineteenth-Century Literature


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


  • RRAF — University of Lincoln
  • Brotherton Library Scholarship — University of Leeds
  • British Association for Victorian Studies bursaries — BAVS


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

Research Interests

  • Age Studies

  • Conduct Literature

  • Dandyism

  • Masculinity

  • Nineteenth Century Fiction

  • Serialisation

  • The Bildungsroman

  • The Novel

  • Valentines

  • Victorian Advertising

  • Victorian Literature

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Professional Affiliations


External Examiner for English (Undergraduate) at York St John University