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Professor Mark Llewellyn

Professor Mark Llewellyn


School of English, Communication and Philosophy

+44 (0)29 2087 6119.
JP 2.43, John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU
Available for postgraduate supervision


I joined Cardiff as Professor of English Literature in December 2017. Within ENCAP, alongside my teaching and research, I am the School’s Director of Research Funding. I also hold an advisory role within the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences focused on working with colleagues across disciplinary fields to engage with and secure external funding from the Research Councils, charities and international funding agencies. This draws on my experience as Director of Research at the Arts and Humanities Research Council (2012-17).

Research interests

I have published extensively in my dual fields of late-Victorian and contemporary literary studies. My publication list is wide-ranging and includes a co-authored monograph (2010) in the field of neo-Victorianism, two volumes in a 5-volume scholarly edition (2007), an anthology set (2013), three co-edited collections (2007, 2010, 2014), guest-edited journal special issues (6 in total) and over 40 journal articles and book chapters.

My current research interests include:

  • fin de siècle literature and culture (on which I teach a specialist year 2 module)
  • contemporary fiction, particularly women’s writing
  • adaptations of the nineteenth century in contemporary culture and society, specifically Neo-Victorianism.

Academic Activities

I am Consultant Editor to the journal Neo-Victorian Studies and an editorial board member for the Routledge series ‘Gender and Genre’. I have previously been editor of the Journal of Gender Studies.

I review regularly for publishers, journals and funding agencies both in the UK and internationally, in addition to assessments relating to promotion applications and REF preparation and planning. In the last two years, for example, I’ve reviewed or served as a panel member/chair for research councils in Canada, Cyprus, and Poland, the Equality Challenge Unit for the Athena SWAN scheme, and served as a panel member for HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area). While working at the AHRC I chaired over 50 panels ranging from large themed grants to joint panels with the BBC and the Heritage Lottery Fund, as well as being a member of funder panels for the ESRC among others.

I have previously held roles within subject organisations such as the British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS) where I served on the committee as membership secretary and honorary secretary.

I regularly undertake external examining for research degrees both in the UK and overseas. I have always sought to encourage the development of researchers and regularly speak to events and training programmes for early career staff around research funding and career planning.

In relation to neo-Victorianism I’ve appeared on BBC Radio 3’s Freethinking to talk about the endurance of cultural and critical interest in the Victorians.


I’m originally from Swansea, which is where I also studied for my BA, MA and PhD.

Between 2012 and 2017 I was the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Director of Research. I simultaneously held the John Anderson Research Leadership Professorship of English at the University of Strathclyde, 2012-15, and have been a Visiting Professor in the School of Humanities since 2015. I joined Strathclyde following time as an AHRC Postdoctoral Research Assistant (2006-7) working on a project at Gladstone’s Library in North Wales, a Vice Chancellor’s Future Research Leader Lecturer (2007-9) and Senior Lecturer (2009-11) in English at the University of Liverpool, where I also served as Director of Postgraduate Research for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (2008-2011).



















I teach a specialist undergraduate option entitled 'Decadent Men: Wilde to Forster, 1890s-1910s' which looks at questions of masculinity and decadence at the end of the Victorian period across a range of forms, artists and writers.

I am currently completing the following projects, which will be published over the next few years:

  • a short book on neo-Victorianism and contemporary political and economic culture/s;
  • a book on Incest in English Culture, 1835-1907;
  • a co-edited (with Rosario Arias) special journal issue on neo-Victorianism and hospitality;
  • an essayistic duet on celibacy in the 1890s.


My current research interests include:

  • Victorian literature and culture, especially the fin de siècle
  • contemporary fiction, particularly women’s writing
  • adaptations of the nineteenth century in contemporary culture and society, specifically Neo-Victorianism
  • gender, sexuality and identity from the Victorian period to the present

I have plans for future projects in relation to Victorian cultural and knowledge organisations in the 21st century; the current ‘autobiocritical turn’ in literary and cultural studies; and notions of credit and indebtedness.

I welcome enquires from potential doctoral and postdoctoral researchers with plans to develop projects in any of these areas.