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Dr Katie Victoria Holdway BA, MA, AFHEA

Research Fellow, Southampton Institute for Arts and Humanities (SIAH)

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Katie Holdway is a Research Fellow in the Southampton Institute for Arts and Humanities (SIAH) at the University of Southampton.

I began my studies at the University of Southampton in 2014, completing my BA in English with French in 2017, and my MA in Nineteenth-Century Studies in 2018. After I was awarded a Postgraduate Scholarship by the Wolfson Foundation, I also completed my doctoral studies with Southampton’s English Department, and passed my viva voce examination with no corrections in March 2022. In February 2022, I was appointed as Research Fellow for the ongoing project ‘Envirohub at Durley Chine’, a collaboration between SIAH and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council (BCP), which aims to produce a programme of research-led arts events to facilitate the delivery of local council environmental strategies. I am also an associate of Southampton’s Digital Humanities Hub, and continue to be fascinated by the relationship between newspaper history, literary studies and the ‘digital turn’.


B.A. English with French (First with Honours), University of Southampton, 2017

M.A. Nineteenth-Century Literature (Distinction), University of Southampton, 2018

Ph.D. English (Passed Without Corrections), University of Southampton 2022


Research interests

Specialising in the literature of the long-nineteenth century, my research examines the relationship between literature, politics, and newspaper culture, with a particular emphasis on the strategic remediation of literature by the nineteenth-century press, and the political stakes of this phenomenon. My Ph.D. thesis, funded by the Wolfson Foundation, is entitled ‘Pickwick in the Papers: Charles Dickens and the Politics of Remediation in the Newspaper Press, 1836-1870’. I am in the process of developing this research into a monograph and a series of articles.

Much of my research focusses on Charles Dickens and his contemporaries; however, I have also undertaken projects on George Gissing—specifically the spatial politics of his 1880s novels—and the radical poetry of the British Della Cruscan coterie. My article on the Della Cruscans, entitled ‘Unstable Audiences in Della Cruscan Poetic Conversation’, was published in Romanticism in November 2020.

I am available to deliver talks and workshops on any aspect of my ongoing research. If you would like to discuss an event or idea, I can be contacted at

2020-2021: Editor-in-Chief, Romance, Revolution & Reform

2020-2021: Communications Committee member, Dickens Society

2019-2021: Convenor, Southampton Centre for Nineteenth-Century Research Postgraduate Research (SCNR PGR) Forum

2018-2020: Co-founder, Inaugural Deputy Editor, Romance, Revolution & Reform

I have taught on the third year (Level 6) modules 'Victorian Bestsellers' and 'Radical England: from Shakespeare to Milton', as well as designing and delivering skills lectures for the Level 6 ‘Dissertation’ module for English finalists.

I also have a demonstrable commitment to Widening Participation (WP), and have worked with the Access to Southampton (A2S) team since 2015, most recently through the design and delivery of seminar and skills content for the summer school, which is organised for Year 12 students from WP backgrounds. In 2020, I re-designed these materials for asynchronous, online use.

In July 2021, I was appointed as an Associate Fellow of Advance HE (formerly the Higher Education Academy).

Dr Katie Victoria Holdway
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