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Professor Dinah Birch MA, D.Phil., FEA

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Cultural Engagement Vice Chancellor's Office


    Research Interest 1

    My research interests lie mainly in nineteenth-century literature, and I have edited novels by George Eliot and Anthony Trollope. I have a particular interest in the critic John Ruskin, and my books include Ruskin's Myths (Oxford: 1988), Ruskin on Turner (Cassells: 1990), an annotated selection from Ruskin's Fors Clavigera (Edinburgh: 2000), and edited collections of essays (Ruskin and the Dawn of the Modern (Oxford: 1999), and Ruskin and Gender (Palgrave: 2002), co-edited with Francis O'Gorman). My John Ruskin: Selected Writings (Oxford: 2004) has appeared in the Oxford World's Classics series.

    I have also published articles on contemporary fiction and poetry, gender and genre, women's writing, nineteenth-century mythography, Victorian biography and autobiography, the relation between literature and the visual arts in the nineteenth century, and legacies of the eighteenth century in nineteenth-century writing. I am the general editor of the new edition of the Oxford Companion to English Literature, currently in preparation (to be published Sepetember 2009). I am also working on a study of education and nineteenth-century writing.

    Research Grants

    'Writing and Teaching': Mid-Victorian Education and Literature


    August 2007

    New Thinking From the North: Arts and Humanities and the N8 Research Partnership


    June 2013 - July 2016

    Research Collaborations

    Dinah Birch

    External: The University of Lancaster

    Advisory and contributing role

    Dinah Birch

    External: The University of Oxford

    Committee for majorAHRB-supported Ruskin digitalisation project

    Dinah Birch

    External: Southeastern Lousiana State University

    Senior Consultant to hypertext edition, 'Ruskin's Early Manuscripts'