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Doctor Matt Kerr

Dr Matt Kerr

Lecturer

Research interests

  • Nineteenth-century literature and culture
  • Oceanic humanities
  • Waste and rubbish

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Accepting applications from PhD students.

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Research

Research groups

Research interests

  • Nineteenth-century literature and culture
  • Oceanic humanities
  • Waste and rubbish
  • Empire and post-colonial studies
  • Environmental humanities 

Current research

Following the publication of All at Sea in 2022, Matt has begun work on two new projects. The first, a new edition of Frederick Marryat's Mr. Midshipman Easy, has received funding from the British Academy/Leverhulme Trust. The second, provisionally titled ‘Flotsam, Jetsam, Lagan, Litter: Marine Refuse in 19th-Century Literature and Culture’, will trace the continuities and discontinuities between nineteenth-century and present-day attitudes to sea refuse, revealing the beginnings of a contemporary social, ecological, and legal problem. 

Matt is on the editorial board of the Journal of Victorian Culture.

Research projects