Areas of interest
My research interests have been in the literature of the 1890s, but I am increasingly interested in the poetry of the 1870s.
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.
I am interested in supervising PhD students in the area of late nineteenth-century English culture and literature.
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?
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.
- Bending, L. (2022) "Outside / But inside": Eliza Keary, Little Seal-Skin, and the negotiation of space. Women's Writing , 29 (3). pp. 346-362. ISSN: 1747-5848 | doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09699082.2021.1948294
- Bending, L. (2018) 'The sad language of pain': S. Weir Mitchell, the American Civil War, and interpreting physical suffering. In: Gonzalez-Polledo, E. and Tarr, J. , (eds.) Painscapes: framing pain communication. Palgrave Macmillan , London, UK. pp. 25-40. ISBN: 9781349952717
- Bending, L. (2010) Self-presentation and instability in Harriet Martineau's autobiography. In: Dzelzainis, E. and Kaplan, C. , (eds.) Harriet Martineau: authorship, society and empire. Manchester University Press , UK. pp. 63-73. ISBN: 9780719081330
- Bending, L. (2009) 'Fishing in a Strange Element': Harriet Martineau and the Visible World. Strange Sisters: Literature and Aesthetics in the Nineteenth Century. Cultural Interactions: Studies in the Relationship between the Arts , 9. Peter Lang , Oxford. ISBN: 97830391184-3
- Bending, L. (2008) Falling over the banister: Harriet Martineau and the uneasy escape from the private. In: Gómez Reus, T. and Usandizaga, A. , (eds.) Inside Out: women negotiating, subverting, appropriating public and private space. Spatial Practices: An Interdisciplinary Series in Cultural History, Geography and Literature Rodopi (4). pp. 35-46. ISBN: 9789042024410
- Bending, L. (2006) Approximation, suggestion, and analogy: translating pain into language. Yearbook of English Studies , 36 (1). pp. 131-137. ISSN: 2222-4289 (special issue 'Translation')