School of the Arts, English and Drama

Postgraduate research

Eleanor Dumbill

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PhD Student

Eleanor received a BA (Hons) in English and Related Literature from the University of York in 2014. As an undergraduate, she cofounded the York Victorian Society. Her undergraduate dissertation ‘A Painful Letting in of Light’ explored the psychological effects of acts of looking in George Eliot’s Daniel Deronda.

She received a scholarship to continue onto an MA in Nineteenth Century Literature and Culture at York with a dissertation on fruit and the gendered socialisation of children in the work of George Eliot and Elizabeth Gaskell.

Eleanor began her PhD in the school in July 2017 and is a member of the Gendered Lives and Cultural Currents research groups. She is co-host of the ‘Victorian Scribblers’ podcast and writes for the alternative academia site

When not researching Trollopes, Eleanor is busy as a PGR rep for the school, as well as the university's Athena SWAN team, and a Unison workplace contact at another local HEI's library.

Likes: Thai food, feminist prose and angry girl music of the Indie Rock persuasion.

Eleanor's research focuses on three nineteenth-century women writers—George Eliot, Frances Milton Trollope, and Frances Eleanor Trollope—exploring their relationships with their male publishers and female peers. Drawing on the theories of Pierre Bourdieu, she question the extent to which these relationships, combined with cultural capital, have affected the reception of these three authors and why so little research has been done around the Trollopes.

Professional Memberships:

British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS)

Victorian Popular Fiction Association (VPFA)

George Eliot Fellowship (GEF)

Dr Anne-Marie Beller

Dr Wim Van Mierlo

Dr Sarah Parker