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Professor Mary Hammond BA 1997, MA 1999, PhD 2003, University of Southampton

Head of Department and Chair of English and Book History

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Mary Hammond is a Professor of English and Book History at the University of Southampton.

I taught at Middlesex University and the Open University before joining Southampton as Senior Lecturer in English in 2007. I am a member of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing, the British Association for Victorian Studies and the International Dickens Fellowship, and a senior member of the management group of the Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded project The Reading Experience Database 1800-1945.

In May 2012 I was awarded a 9-month AHRC Fellowship to pursue 'A publishing and reception history of Charles Dickens's Great Expectations 1860-2012'.

Research interests

I teach 19th century literature and culture with a specialism in book history, and have particular research interests in the history of reading and the publication and circulation of Victorian and Edwardian popular texts. I welcome applications for MPhil/PhD work on any aspect of Victorian and Edwardian literature, publishing history, and print culture.  I am Founder and Director of the interdisciplinary Southampton Centre for Nineteenth-Century Research, in which postgraduates play a full and active part.

Research projects

I am currently working with Professor Barry Sloan (English) and colleagues at the University of Hull on a major project called ‘The North-South Divide: from Victoria to Reconstruction (1837-1947)’ which aims to use a wide range of archival sources in Hull and Southampton and their environs to examine the history of regional identities in and relationships between North and South in Britain across a turbulent century of change.

I am General Editor with Professor Jonathan Rose (Drew University, USA) of the major research publication The Edinburgh History of Reading: A World Survey from Antiquity to the Present (forthcoming in 2019).

In addition, along with colleagues in the UK, Scotland, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada, India, Australia and the US, I am involved in an interdisciplinary project called Printers on the Move: Migration, Identity and Printing Skills Transfer Across the English-speaking World 1840-1914. The project aims to map the migration patterns of skilled print workers between these locations with a view to understanding how immigrant and indigenous printing practices helped to form local and global identities in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The project has received funding from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation and the University of Southampton's Internationalisation Fund.

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I convene the undergraduate modules The Nineteenth-Century Novel, Victorian Bestsellers and Dangerous Readings and the MA Module Victorian Readers and the Politics of Print.

Professor Mary Hammond
Faculty of Arts and Humanities University of Southampton Avenue Campus Highfield Southampton SO17 1BF United Kingdom

Room Number: 65/2022

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