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

Professor Holly Furneaux

BA, MA, PhD (University of London)


School of English, Communication and Philosophy

+44 (0)29 2087 6073
2.09, John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU

I am part of the English Literature and Critical and Cultural Theory groups within the School.

Postgraduate supervision and postdoctoral mentoring

I would welcome PhD and Postdoctoral applications from those with similar research interests. I have previously supervised PhDs on topics including

  • Victorian visuality
  • Dickens and his legacies
  • Victorian domestic fiction and ideas of family
  • Neo-Victorian queer fiction
  • the Crimean War and its afterlives

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



  • 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.











My research is in Victorian literature and culture, and Victorian legacies, with an emphasis on gender, forms of family, sexuality, touch and emotion.

I am currently building on an 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 desposes persistent ideas about Victorian masculinity as well as enhancing our understanding of the complexities of battlefield feeling.

I am now exploring a longer cultural history of military masculinity from the eighteenth century to the First World War. I am working with Compton Verney and the National Army Museum to develop a Soldier Art exhibition.

I also continue to work in Dickens studies, and am writing articles on queer Dickens fan fiction and on Dickens’s antisocial women. These form part of a longer work in progress, Dickens Fandom: Reading, Writing, Fantasy. I am an adviser for the BBC’s Dickensian (on screen from Dec 2015) and a co-organiser of the annual Dickens Day in London.