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Professor Holly Furneaux BA, MA, PhD (University of London)

Professor Holly Furneaux

BA, MA, PhD (University of London)

Professor

School of English, Communication and Philosophy

Email:
furneauxh@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 6073
Location:
2.09, John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU

I teach and research Victorian literature and culture, with an emphasis on the cultural history of war, gender, the history of sexuality, and the history of emotions. 

I am currently writing a book provisionally titled Strange Meetings: Enemy Encounters 1800-2020. This explores emotional and material exchanges across sides in literature and life-writing with attention to truces, battle aftermath, and prisoners of war. My previous books include Military Men of Feeling: Emotion, Touch and Masculinity in the Crimean War (2016) and Queer Dickens: Erotics, Families, Masculinities (2009). I curated an exhibition ‘Created in Conflict: Soldier Art from the Crimean War to the Present’ at Compton Verney in 2018 and was adviser to the BBC’s Dickensian (screened 2015-16). 

I have supervised a range of great PhDs and would be glad to hear from post-graduate and post-doctoral applicants. 

Holly joined the School of English, Communication & Philosophy at Cardiff in 2015 from University of Leicester, where she was Reader in Victorian Studies.

2019

2018

  • Furneaux, H. 2018. Domesticity and queer theory. In: Patten, R. L., Jordan, J. O. and Waters, C. eds. The Oxford Handbook of Charles Dickens.. Oxford Handbooks Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 372-387.

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My research is in Victorian literature and culture, with an emphasis on the cultural history of war, gender, forms of family, sexuality, touch and emotion. I am currently writing a book provisionally titled Strange Meetings: Enemy Encounters 1800-2020. This explores emotional and material exchanges across sides in literature and life-writing with attention to truces, battle aftermath, and prisoners of war. 

This current work builds on my AHRC funded project Military Men of Feeling, in partnership with the National Army Museum. Focused on the Crimean War, the project investigated overlooked aspects of soldiers' felt experience, such as family feeling in regiments, soldier adoptions, the production of trench art, and battlefield nursing. Recognising a widespread cultural emphasis on the gentle soldier, this project desposed persistent ideas about Victorian masculinity as well as enhancing our understanding of the complexities of battlefield feeling. It resulted in an OUP book in 2016 and an exhibition in 2018 at Compton Verney art gallery ‘Created in Conflict: Soldier Art from the Crimean War to the Present’.

Following my first book Queer Dickens (2009) I continue to work in Dickens studies, and have recently published articles on queer Dickens fan fiction and on Dickens’s antisocial women. I was an adviser for the BBC’s Dickensian (screened 2015-16) and am a co-organiser of the annual Dickens Day in London.