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Lucy Bending

photograph of Lucy Bending

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.

Postgraduate supervision

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?


Selected publications

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.


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