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University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
United Kingdom

About Rebecca Styler

Rebecca joined the University of Lincoln in 2007, having previously taught in adult and higher education. Rebecca’s primary research interest lies in women’s religious writing of the nineteenth century, and literary explorations of religion in relation to gender. Having published on writers including Josephine Butler, Harriet Martineau, Anne Bronte, Anna Jameson and Elizabeth Gaskell, and on spiritual autobiography and biography, her current project explores maternal ideas of God in the era 1850-1920, as well as editing a primary source volume on nineteenth-century religion and literature for Routledge. Other interests include life writing, Gothic literature, utopia fiction, childhood, and feminist spirituality. Rebecca’s teaching at the University of Lincoln focuses on Romantic, Victorian and Edwardian literature. She co-ordinates the MA in Nineteenth Century Studies, as well as contributing more widely to BA and MA programmes in the College of Arts. Rebecca founded the Nineteenth-Century Research Group in the Lincoln College of Arts, and was a committee member for the Midlands Inter-Disciplinary Victorian Studies Seminar (2011-16). She is Editor of the Gaskell Journal.

Department Responsibilities

Lecturer and seminar tutor in modules on Victorian Literature (co-ordinator), Edwardian Literature, Georgian Literature, and The Literature of Childhood (designer, co-ordinator). Programme Leader for the MA in Nineteenth Century Studies, she co-ordinates MA modules ‘Romantic Legacies’, ‘Nineteenth-Century Past Reflections’ and the Dissertation. She is Study Abroad Co-ordinator for English.

Subject Specialism

C19 women’s religious writing; God as mother in the C19;Gothic literature, life writing, childhood and feminist spirituality.


  • BA in English (University of Manchester, 1993)
  • MA in Victorian Studies (University of Leicester, 2001)
  • PhD (University of Leicester, 2006)
  • CELTA Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults
  • SEDA Certificate in Supporting Learning in HE


  • British Association for Victorian Studies grant for Conference ‘Lives in Relation’, University o — 2009
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council award for MA and PhD studies — 2000

Research Interests

  • C19 spiritual autobiography

  • Childhood and spirituality

  • life writing

  • Nineteenth-century women’s religious writing

  • Religious themes in Gothic

  • The idea of God as mother

Research Groups Memberships

  • Nineteenth Century Studies Research Group

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2004)