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Susan McPherson

Dr Susan McPherson BA, MA, PhD

Senior Lecturer


I took my BA English Literature degree at the University of York (First Class), followed by an MA Life Writing (AHRC funded) in the same institution. I received my PhD 'Victorian Life Writing and the Production of Scandal' from the University of Cambridge (AHRC funded). I am currently a Senior Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century Literature at Sheffield Hallam University.


I am preparing two papers at present - one on Gissing's New Grub Street and unemployment, and one on Margaret Harkness, Socialism and Women's Oppression. These papers have been developed out of earlier research on class and reading (see my chapter in The Masculine MiddleBrow). My current research is being developed into a monograph. I am also interested in digital humanities techniques, which I use in my teaching.

Life writing of the 'long' nineteenth century
Victorian literary production and consumption


Department of Humanities

College of Social Sciences and Arts


A monograph, 'Victorian Life Writing and Work: Labour, Leisure and Authority'


Journal articles

McPherson, S. (2017). Gissing’s New Grub Street and the Wider Concerns of Impoverishment. English Literature in Transition 1880-1920, 60 (4), 490-505.

McPherson, S. (2013). Companionship and Collaboration: Marian Evans, George Henry Lewes, and The Life and Works of Goethe. The Victorian, 1 (2), 1-12.

Mcpherson, S. (2006). On being "tempted to knit": writing, reviewing and reading biography. Nineteenth-century contexts.

Mcpherson, S. (2001). Opening the open secret: the Stowe-Byron controversy. Victorian review, 27 (1), 86-101.

Book chapters

Mcpherson, S. (2011). Reading class, examining men: anthologies, education, and literary cultures. In Macdonald, K. (Ed.) The masculine middlebrow, 1880-1950 : what Mr. Miniver read. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Theses / Dissertations

Daly, M.J. (2011). From Sheffield to Raleigh:a Radical Publishing Network in the Age of Revolution. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Major, E., Mcpherson, S., & Taylor, A.

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