Academic research

Dominique’s academic research principally covers the area of Victorian literature and culture. Her work has been published in journals such as Word&Image, the Victorian Popular Fiction Journal and Victorian Poetry. Her research interests include:

  • Victorian poetry, short fiction, and essays, especially by female writers such as Michael Field and Vernon Lee.
  • Media studies and the relationships between writing and other art forms (painting, sculpture, TV, etc.), including adaptation and ekphrasis.
  • The detective fiction genre from the nineteenth century to the present day, in particular in modern TV series focused on ‘amateur’ detectives/extraordinary sidekicks.
  • Broadly, the relationship between twenty-first-century culture and Victorian literature and culture through Neo-Victorianism as well as the continuity of political, social and cultural institutions, structures and norms.

See below for a list of talks and publications, including PDFs, where available.

Forthcoming talks and publications

‘Theo Douglas’

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (forthcoming 2022)

An encyclopaedia entry on H.D. Everett (Theo Douglas).

‘How The Poor Live’

London’s East End: A Short Encyclopedia (forthcoming 2022)

An encyclopaedia entry on George R. Sims’ series of articles about the living conditions for the London working classes in the 1880s.

‘Dante Gabriel Rossetti at the Intersection of Painting and Poetry’ 

Adaptation Before Cinema, ed. Glenn Jellenik and Lissette Lopez Szwydky-Davis (Palgrave, forthcoming summer 2022)

Chapter on Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s double works as adaptations and how these early examples can inform adaptation studies today.

‘Victorian Re-Encounters’ 

Special issue of Victorian Poetry, co-edited with Fergus McGhee (forthcoming summer 2023)

This special issue will explore how Victorian poetry re-encounters and is re-encountered.

Recent talks and publications

‘Non-Academic Publishing’

Contributor to a panel discussion about the value of non-academic publishing for graduate students, focusing on short fiction and op-ed writing.

‘Ekphrasis’

Palgrave Encyclopedia of Victorian Women’s Writing (August 2021)

An encyclopedia entry on ekphrasis as a genre of Victorian women’s writing, including by Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Vernon Lee, and Margaret Oliphant. (Article)

‘Sherlock’s Legacy: The case of the Extraordinary Sidekick’ 

The Detective’s Companion in Crime Fiction: A Study in Sidekicks, ed. Lucy Andrew and Samuel Saunders (Palgrave, August 2021)

Chapter on the legacy of distrust of professional detectives emerging from Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories, featuring some of TV’s finest extraordinary detectives.

‘Sherlock Holmes and distrust of the police’ 

YouTube (April 2021)

Short talk on the connection between Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective and distrust of the police, focused on the GCSE curriculum text The Sign of Four. This video was produced for the GCSE English Literature Boost project.

‘The Divine Right of Statues: Gothic Encounters and Divine Retribution’ 

Romancing the Gothic, 21 March 2021.

Paid talk on living statues of divine saints and goddesses in nineteenth-century folktales and ghost stories, including the work of Henry James, Vernon Lee, and Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer.

‘Back to Bodies: Female Detectives and bodily Tools and Tells in Victorian Detective Fiction’ 

Article on early detective fiction featuring female detectives, arguing for defining the detective fiction genre around the actions of the body, typified as female, rather than around the male ratiocinative mind. (ArticlePDF)

‘The one question is not what you mean but what you do: Michael Field’s ekphrastic verse’ 

Victorian Poetry, 57.3 (2019), 345-364

Article on the aesthetic project of Michael Field’s Sight and Song, and how that volume both met and frustrated the expectations of the masculinised art critical community, through comparison with Swinburne’s First Series. (ArticlePDF)

‘Belcaro: An Introduction’

The Literary Encyclopedia, May, 2019

Commissioned short article on Vernon Lee’s Belcaro collection of essays, its influences and reception. (Article)

‘Vernon Lee: A Biography’ 

The Literary Encyclopedia, April 2019

Commissioned short article on Vernon Lee’s life and works. (Article)

‘The Case for Kittler: considering ekphrasis as recursion’ 

Word&Image, 35.1 (2019), 89-96

Article on the utility of Friedrich Kittler’s media history for materialist literary criticism, proposing a Kittlerian toolkit and demonstrating its application to the ekphrastic poetry of Dante Gabriel Rossetti. (ArticlePDF)

‘Psychopath Aesthetics: the example of the Cannibal’ 

MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities, 12 (2018), 70-79

Paper on the Kantian elements of beauty in the recent television series, Hannibal, developing a model of psychopath aesthetics and psychopath ethics. (ArticlePDF)

Recent research communication pieces

‘The Adventure of the “Petticoated Police” 

Journal of Victorian Culture Blog (OUP) — May 2020

Short article promoting ‘Back to Bodies’ (see above), accompanied by a thread highlighting under-studied characters and texts. (Blog postTwitter thread)

‘The Case of the Extraordinary Sidekick’ 

Journal of Victorian Culture Blog (OUP) — April 2020

Short article promoting research on Sherlock Holmes’ legacy in twenty-first-century detective story telling, trailing ‘Extraordinary Sidekick’ (see above). (Blog post)