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Miss Katie Victoria Holdway BA, MA

PhD Researcher in Nineteenth Century Literature

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Katie Holdway is a PhD English Researcher at the University of Southampton.

Beginning my studies in 2014, I completed both my BA (2017) and my MA (2018) at the University of Southampton. Determined to continue along an academic career pathway, after being awarded a scholarship from the Wolfson Foundation, I began my PhD in September 2018. My project explores the adaptation and appropriation of Charles Dickens’s early works in the periodical press during the 1830s and 1840s.


BA English with French (First Class Honours), University of Southampton, 2017

MA Nineteenth Century Literature (Distinction), University of Southampton, 2018

Research interests

Specialising in the literature of the long-nineteenth century, my research to date has focussed upon the relationship between politics, print culture and piracy; nineteenth century journalistic responses to literature; the emergence of serial fiction; and provincialism and regionalism. Many of these threads are united in my current PhD project, which focusses on the adaptation and appropriation of Charles Dickens’s early works in the periodical press. Whilst Dickens is, and will continue to be, my primary area of focus, I have also recently compiled projects on George Gissing’s 1880s novels, Demos and Thyrza, and the revolutionary poetry of the British Della Cruscans (1787-1795).

Funded by the Wolfson Foundation, my PhD project is entitled: ‘The Politics of Piracy: Adapting and Appropriating the Early Writings of Charles Dickens in the Periodical Press, 1836-1847’. My project is supervised by Professor Mary Hammond and Dr Justine Pizzo.

I am co-founder and inaugural Deputy Editor of Romance, Revolution and Reform (RRR), an instantaneous open access, interdisciplinary research journal run in association with the Southampton Centre for Nineteenth-Century Research (SCNR). More information about RRR can be found on our website.

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For the 2019-20 academic year, I will be teaching on the third year (Level 6) modules 'Victorian Bestsellers' and 'Radical England: from Shakespeare to Milton'.

Since 2015, I have worked as the English subject mentor for the University of Southampton’s Access to Southampton Scheme. Working with Year 12 and 13 students over a ten-month period, this role involves supervising students at the summer residential, and devising a tailored syllabus of literary texts and discussion points for the subsequent e-mentoring programme. More recently, I have also been responsible for delivering one of the seminar sessions at the summer residential.

Miss Katie Victoria Holdway
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