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Dr Lucy Bending – University of Reading

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Dr Lucy Bending

Dr Lucy Bending
Job Title:
Lucy's New Picture



Within the department I convene modules entitled:

  • Romantics to Decadents: nineteenth-century poetry
  • Decadence and Degeneration: literature of the 1890s
  • Perspectives on Slavery
  • War Poetry: from the Crimean to World War Two

I have also contributed to courses entitled:

  • Lyric Voices: lyric poetry from 1340-1650
  • Nineteenth-century novel
  • Restoration to Romantics: eighteenth-century literature
  • Women's Writing
  • Languages of Literature
  • What Kind of Text is This?

I am the director of the MA (Res) in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture.  I convene and teach on the Science, Sex and Crime module, in addition to teaching on the Nation and Empire module.

Areas of Interest

My primary research interest is the exploration of ideas of growth and development in the late Victorian period.I also have an interest in late nineteenth-century journals and in the writings of Harriet Martineau.  I continue to have an interest in representations of bodily pain and in writings about the body in general.

Research groups / Centres


Recent publications reflect my interests and include:

  • '"Fishing in a Strange Element": Harriet Martineau and the Visible World', in Francesca Orestano, ed., Strange Sisters: Literature and Aesthetics in the Nineteenth Century, Peter Lang, forthcoming.
  • 'Falling over the Bannisters: Harriet Martineau and the Uneasy Escape from the Public', in Teresa Gomez, ed., Inside Out: Women Negotiating, Subverting, Appropriating Public and Private Space, Rodopi, forthcoming.

I have also published:

  • The Representation of Bodily Pain in Late Nineteenth-Century English Culture, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2000.

I am interested in supervising PhD students in the area of late nineteenth-century English culture and literature.

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