- Victorian Literature and Culture
- Victorian Ecology
- Climate in Literature
- The Novel
- Character Studies
Dr Pizzo's current research focuses on the relationship between literary atmospheres (fog, mist, rain and haze) and characterisation in the Victorian novel. She is also editing a new Norton Critical Edition of Thomas Hardy's Far from the Madding Crowd (1874).
Dr Pizzo convenes undergraduate and postgraduate modules including: 'The Novel', 'Fantasists, Fanatics, and Reformers: British Literature in the Nineteenth Century', 'The Origins of Climate Crisis: Ecology in Victorian Literature' and 'Approaches to the Long Nineteenth Century'. She also supervises a range of undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students focusing on nineteenth-century literature and culture.
Dr Justine Pizzo is Lecturer in British Literature, 1837 to 1939. She specialises in the Victorian period with a particular emphasis on the novel, female characterisation, and intersections of literature and climate. In addition to working on a monograph provisionally titled The Character of Climate: Women and Atmosphere in Victorian Fiction, she has published and edited research on the work of Charlotte Brontë and other nineteenth- and early twentieth-century novelists (including Charles Dickens, Dorothy Richardson, and Virginia Woolf). Her teaching and research interests also focus on the work of influential and sometimes lesser-known women writers.