Dr Anne-Marie Beller

  • Doctoral Programme Lead (English)
  • Senior Lecturer in English
  • Specialism: Victorianist

Anne-Marie received her PhD from the University of Leicester in 2003 and has taught on the English programme at Loughborough University since 2004.

Anne-Marie co-convenes the Cultural Currents (1870-1930) Research Group with Dr Sarah Parker, which organises regular research events and seminars. In 2019 they hosted the successful Decadent Literary Salon as part of the LU Arts festival. She is also a founding member of Loughborough University’s Mental Health Research Network.

Anne-Marie is on the editorial boards of various journals and monograph series, including Victorian Popular Fictions (VPF); Victoriographies; the monograph series ‘Armorica’, published by Edizioni Tracce, Pescara, Italy; ‘Key Popular Women Writers’ series and ‘New Paths in Victorian Fiction and Culture’, both published by EER. Publishing; ‘AngloSophia’ – Studies in English Literature and Culture, published by Mimesis (Milan - Udine, Italy). Anne-Marie was the General Editor of the Wilkie Collins Journal from September 2012 to March 2016. She remains on the editorial board.

External activities

Media Work and Public Engagement

  • ‘Mary Braddon and the Culture of Sensation’, Public Keynote Lecture, The Mary Elizabeth Braddon Public Engagement and Study Day, University of Hull, 14 November 2015.
  • ‘Gothic and Victorian Sensation Fiction’. Guest talk at Birmingham City University’s ‘Gothic Day’. Public Event. Library of Birmingham, 2 May 2015.
  • Invited public lecture: ‘Mary Elizabeth Braddon’, Launch of the Mary Braddon Exhibition, Hull History Centre, UK. 25 February 2015.
  • Interview on BBC’s The One Show (Suffragettes and the White Feather Campaign in WW1). Aired 14 October 2014.
  • Invited article. ‘David Mitchell’s tale of 280 tweets and the return of the Victorian serialThe Conversation, 16 July 2014.

Overseas Invited Talks

  • 'Suffering for Art: Aesthetics versus Commodification in Mary Elizabeth Braddon's Circe", Eighth CUSVE Conference, ‘Victorian and Neo-Victorian Aesthetics: Text, Theory and the Paths of Imagination’, University of Chieti-Pescara, Italy (22-23 October 2015). [All papers by invitation only].
  • “‘I want a husband to vex, or a child to beat’: Sensation and Emotion as Redemption in Wilkie Collins’s Armadale”. Invited paper at the International Workshop on ‘Emotion and Subjectivity, 1500-1900’, at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies, Wassenaar, the Netherlands (29 September 2014).
  • ‘Re-Presenting Lady Audley: Literary and Visual Aesthetics in M. E. Braddon’s Sensation Novel and its Afterlives’. Invited lecture at the University of Siegen, Germany (21 January 2013).

Membership of Professional Bodies, Editorships and Boards, Consultancies

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) – (April 2012 – Present).
  • General Editor of the Wilkie Collins Journal (September 2012 – March 2016).
  • Member of Editorial Board for the Wilkie Collins Journal (Jan 2011 – September 2012; March 2016 – Present).
  • Victorian Popular Fiction Association (VPFA): Committee member 2009 - Present (and Newsletter editor 2009 – July 2014).
  • Member of the editorial board for Victorian Popular Fiction (VPF), a new journal established by the Victorian Popular Fiction Association, to be published by Edinburgh University Press.Member of the editorial board for the ‘Key Popular Women Writers’ series, published by EER.
  • Member of the editorial board for ‘New Paths in Victorian Fiction and Culture’, a new series of edited essay collections, published by EER.
  • Member of Editorial Board for Victoriographies.
  • Member of Editorial Board for the monograph series ‘Armorica’, published by Edizioni Tracce, Pescara, Italy.
  • Invited external member of the International Research Group for Emotion and Subjectivity (Based at the University of Amsterdam).
  • Committee member of Midlands Interdisciplinary Victorian Studies Seminar (MIVSS).
  • Member of British Association of Victorian Studies (BAVS), Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (RSVP), Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada (VSAWC), and The Wilkie Collins Society.
  • Academic Consultant for Broadview Press on their new series of Victorian and Edwardian drama. (February 2013).
  • Academic Consultant for Gale Cengage on their entry for Wilkie Collins in the Short Story Criticism Series (June 2014).
  • Reader / Peer reviewer for Victorian ReviewGothic StudiesThe Wilkie Collins JournalVictoriographiesStudia Anglica Posnaniensia (Poland), and Victorian Periodicals Review.

Anne-Marie’s research interests are in Victorian literature and culture, particularly sensation fiction, New Woman Writing of the fin de siècle, and Neo-Victorian Studies. Within these areas, Anne-Marie is interested in gender and identity, representations of mental health and the history of psychiatry, and genre and literary value. She has published widely on the nineteenth century novelist, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, and her contemporary ‘sensationalists’, Wilkie Collins, Mrs. Henry Wood, and Amelia B. Edwards. Anne-Marie has also published on the New Woman fiction and debates of the 1890s. In the field of Neo-Victorian Studies, Anne-Marie has recently co-authored a chapter (with Dr Claire O’Callaghan) on the sexualisation and appropriation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in recent transmedia. Anne-Marie and Claire are currently collaborating on a project centred on representations of mental health in Victorian and Neo-Victorian fiction.She is also working, with Dr Kerry Featherstone, on a translation and critical edition of a largely unknown novella by Mary Braddon, published serially in the French newspaper Le Figaro and never republished (or translated into English) since 1881.

Anne-Marie teaches chiefly on 19th century modules, both core and options. She convenes the Part B core module, Victorian Literature and co-teaches Neo-Victorianism (Part C, with Claire O’Callaghan) and Radicals and Reactionaries (Part C. with Sarah Parker), as well as contributing lectures to Writing in History (Part A), Narrative Forms (Part A), and Eighteenth-Century Literature (Part B). Anne-Marie is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

  • Jennifer Nicol, ‘Escape Artists: Adventure and Isolation in Women's Writing at the Fin de Siècle’, PhD awarded 2017.
  • Michael Gilmour, ‘Oliver Twist on the Victorian page and stage’, PhD awarded 2019.
  • Claire Ashworth, ‘“The Ghost of an Idea”: Past, Present, and Future Memory in the Work of Charles Dickens’, PhD awarded 2019.
  • Jacqueline Green, ‘“Coming upon the town”: Whores and Fallen Women in the Works of Jane Austen’, PhD awarded 2019.
  • Eleanor Dumbill, ‘Vanished Authors and Invisible Trollopes: A Study of the Relationships Between Three Nineteenth-Century Women Writers and Their Male Publishers.’ PhD awarded September 2020.

Current Students Supervised

  • Joanna Turner, ‘Anxieties of Influence: Reading Dickens in the Selected Works of Marie Corelli’, R2.  

External Examination

Anne-Marie has been appointed external examiner for PhDs and higher research degrees at the Universities of Hull (2013), Sheffield (2015), Warwick (2015), Luxembourg (2016), Buckingham (2018), Edge Hill (2019), Canterbury Christ Church (2020), Glasgow (2020), Cardiff (2020), Aston (2021), Leeds Beckett (2021), and Aberystwyth (2021).

  • ‘(In)Appropriating Alice: The Neo-Victorian Sexualization of Carroll’s Wonderland’, (with Claire O’Callaghan), in Alice in Wonderland in Film and Popular Culture, ed. Antonio Sanna. Palgrave, 2022.
  • ‘Collapsing the Courtship Plot: The Challenge to Mid-Victorian Romance in New Woman Short Stories of the 1890s’, Victorian Popular Fictions 2.2 (Autumn 2020). Special Issue on the Victorian Short Story, eds. Victoria Margree and Lucy Andrew.
  • Sarah Grand’s ‘“When the door opened__”: Latchkeys, Liberty, and Liminality’, Victorian Review: an interdisciplinary journal of Victorian Studies, (2019) 44(2), pp.192-196, ISSN: 0703-5500. DOI: 10.1353/vcr.2019.0014.
  • 'Sensationalizing Otherness: The Italian Male body in Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s Olivia and Garibaldi'. In Heholt, R and Parsons, J (ed) The Victorian Male Body, Edinburgh University press, 29018. ISBN: 9781474428613.
  • ‘“The fashions of the current season”: Recent critical work on Victorian sensation fiction’, Victorian Literature and Culture, (2017) 45(2), pp.461-473, ISSN: 1470-1553. DOI: 10.1017/S106015031600072.
  • ‘Popularity and proliferation: Shifting modes of authorship in Mary Elizabeth Braddon's The Doctor's Wife and Vixen’, Women's Writing, (2016), 23(2), pp.245-261, ISSN: 1747-5848. DOI: 10.1080/09699082.2015.1130284.
  • ‘You’re obliged to have recourse to bodies”: Corporeal proliferation, class, and literary taste in M.E. Braddon’s Revision of The OutcastsEnglish Literature, (2016), 2(2), pp.275-289, ISSN: 2420-823X. DOI: 10.14277/2420-823X/EL-2-2-15-6.
  • (With Tara MacDonald), Rediscovering Victorian Women Sensation Writers, Routledge, 2014. ISBN: 978-0415745796.
  • Mary Elizabeth Braddon: A Companion to the Mystery Fiction. McFarland, 2012. ISBN: 978-0-7864-3667-5.