Dr Anne-Marie Beller

PhD (University of Leicester)

Pronouns: She/her
  • Director of Widening Participation and Outreach
  • Doctoral Programme Lead (English)
  • Senior Lecturer in Victorian Literature

Academic Career

Anne-Marie received her PhD from the University of Leicester in 2003 and has taught on the English programme at Loughborough University since 2004, with her position being made permanent in 2008.

Membership of Professional Bodies, Editorships and Boards, Consultancies and Examining Responsibilities

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) – (April 2012 – Present)
  • External Examiner for the English MA at University of Reading (2022-Present)
  • General Editor of the Wilkie Collins Journal (September 2012 – March 2016)
  • Victorian Popular Fiction Association (VPFA): Advisory Board Member 2024-Present; Book Prize Judge 2023-Present; Committee member 2009 – Present; Newsletter editor 2009 – July 2014
  • Member of editorial boards for Victorian Popular Fictions (VPF); Victoriographies; Victorians Institute Journal; ‘Key Popular Women Writers’ series (EER), ‘New Paths in Victorian Fiction and Culture’ (Edited collection series published by EER); ‘Armorica’ (monograph series published by Edizioni Tracce, Pescara, Italy).
  • Member of British Association of Victorian Studies (BAVS) and Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (RSVP)
  • Academic Consultant for Broadview Press and Gale Cengage.

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 issues of gender, race, and identity, representations of mental health and the history of psychiatry, and questions of genre and literary value.

Recent work includes invited contributions to Nineteenth-Century Literature in Transition: The 1860s (Cambridge University Press, 2024) and Wilkie Collins in Context (Cambridge University Press, 2024).

With Kerry Featherstone, she co-wrote a chapter on Victorian women travellers’ encounters with Islam for Islam and Muslims in Victorian Britain: New Perspectives (Bloomsbury, 2023). Recent journal articles include ‘Brief Encounters: Sensation Fiction and the Short Story’ for a special issue of Victoriographies (2022).

Recent Neo-Victorian work includes two co-written chapters with Claire O’Callaghan: ‘In(appropriating) Alice: The Sexualization of Carroll’s Wonderland’ and a consideration of the afterlives of Elizabeth Siddal for the Palgrave Handbook of Neo-Victorianism (Palgrave 2024).

Anne-Marie is currently carrying out research for a monograph entitled Author and Alienists: Networks of Victorian Psychiatry and working on a related AHRC funding application with Dr Claire O’Callaghan and Dr Emily Bell.

Anne-Marie teaches chiefly on 19th century modules, both core and options. She convenes Victorian and Neo-Victorian modules at Parts B and C, as well as contributing lectures to a range of Part A modules.

Anne-Marie is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Mental Health First Aider (MHFA England Accredited).  

With Claire O’Callaghan, in 2023 she was ‘highly commended’ at the Teaching Awards for a ‘Best Practice Case study’ on research-led teaching.

Current Students

  • Hannah Palmer, Abortion in Nineteenth-Century British Literature
  • Rosemary Archer, ‘Writing Women’s Work: Working-Class Women’s Labour in the Novels and Journalism of Margaret Harkness 1880–1921’
  • Joanna Turner, Paternal Influence, Self-Construction, and Literary Lineage: Reimagining Marie Corelli

Recent Students

  • Jennifer Nicol, ‘Escape Artists: Adventure and Isolation in Women’s Writing at the fin de siècle’
  • Michael Gilmour, ‘Dickens Transformations: Oliver Twist on Stage’
  • Claire Ashworth, ‘Memory and Trauma in the work of Charles Dickens’
  • Jacqueline Green, ‘Coming Upon the Town: Whores and Fallen Women in the Works of Jane Austen’
  • Eleanor Dumbill,’Vanished Authors and Invisible Trollopes: A Study of the Relationships Between Three 19th Century Women Writers and their Male Publishers’

Anne-Marie is the Doctoral Programme Lead (DPL) for English and works closely with the doctoral researcher community. She has been appointed the external or internal examiner on 15 higher degrees, including at the Universities of Hull, Sheffield, Warwick, Luxembourg, Buckingham, Edge Hill, Canterbury Christchurch, Glasgow, Cardiff, Aston, Leeds Beckett, Aberystwyth.

She would be happy to hear from prospective PhD students interested in sensation fiction, New Woman Writing, or mental health / asylums in 19th century literature and culture.

Under contract:

The Routledge Companion to Sensation Fiction, ed. with Tara MacDonald (Routledge 2025).

Selected Recent Publications:

‘“The Unclosed Coffin”: The Neo-Victorian Afterlives of Elizabeth Siddal’ (with Claire O’Callaghan), in The Palgrave Handbook of Neo-Victorianism, eds. Sarah E. Maier and Brenda Ayres (London: Palgrave, 2024).

‘Sensational Bodies: Representations of Race and Disability’, in Nineteenth-Century Literature in Transition: The 1860s, edited by Pamela Gilbert (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2024) pp.36-56.

‘Law’, in Wilkie Collins in Context, eds. William Baker and Richard Nemesvari (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2024): pp.262-270.

‘“Permission to Go and See the Ancient City”: Victorian Women Travellers’ Encounters with Islam (with Kerry Featherstone), in Islam and Muslims in Victorian Britain: New Perspectives (London: Bloomsbury, 2023).

‘Brief Encounters: Sensation Fiction and the Short Story’, Sensation Fiction: New Directions, special issue of Victoriographies, ed. Beth Palmer. (2022).

In(appropriating) Alice: The Sexualization of Carroll’s Wonderland’ (with Claire O’Callaghan), in Alice in Wonderland in Film and Literature, ed. Antonio Sanna (London: Palgrave, 2022).

‘Reframing Mary Elizabeth Braddon in the 21st Century’. Special Issue of Women’s Writing 29.1 (2022), co-edited with Janine Hatter.