Jordan Kistler


  • United Kingdom

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Personal Statement

I am a lecturer in English, researching and teaching in 19thcentury literature. I have specific interest in Victorian poetry, literature and science, museum studies, the New Woman and women’s writings of the fin de siècle, and Gothic fiction. 


In addition to the above areas, I'm happy to supervise students on the follow topics: decadence and aestheticism, disability studies and the medical humanities, women's health in literature, the senses in literature, travel and empire writing, writing place, monstrosity. 

Research Interests

I have recently published on the intersections between Victorian science and fin de siècle decadent literature, the representations of women in late-Victorian Gothic fiction, and the depiction of blindness in nineteenth-century poetry. 

My first monograph, Arthur O’Shaughnessy: A Pre-Raphaelite Poet in the British Museum (Routledge, 2016), explored O’Shaughnessy’s contributions to the Victorian medieval revival, Pre-Raphaelitism, decadence, and aestheticism. O’Shaughnessy’s work as a taxonomist in the British Museum is foregrounded in this study to suggest new ways of thinking about the relationship between science and literature during this period, through the lens of a technician rather than a theoretician.

My current project is a wide-ranging cultural history of the 19th-century British Museum. As an interdisciplinary, public, and national museum, the British Museum offers a unique lens through which to consider key questions of 19th-century epistemology: How can one ‘know’ from what one sees? How is knowledge organized? Who has access to it? How does this shape public perceptions of class, gender, and nationality? The project explores major changes in the popular conception of history, education, and knowledge itself, across disciplinary boundaries.

Teaching Interests

My teaching spans the nineteenth century, and focuses on poetry, gender, and the Victorian Gothic. 


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