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Dr Adelene Buckland

Buckland_AdeleneSenior Lecturer in English Literature

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King's College London
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Dr Adelene Buckland studied English at the University of Birmingham, before going to St. Hugh’s College, Oxford for Masters and a D.Phil on geology and literary realism in the nineteenth century, which she completed in 2008. Dr Buckland then spent three years at Newnham College, Cambridge as a postdoctoral fellow of the interdisciplinary Cambridge Victorian Studies Group, where she worked on her first book, which was published in 2013. In 2010 Dr Buckland began lecturing in nineteenth-century literature at the University of East Anglia, before coming to King’s in September 2012.

Research interests and PhD supervision

My work is underpinned by interests in narrative structure, in nineteenth-century ideas about the instrumentality of writing – its power to do things actively in the world – and in the history of nineteenth-century science. My first book, Novel Science: Fiction and the Invention of Nineteenth-Century was on nineteenth-century geology and its engagements with debates about the uses, pleasures and abuses of narrative. My new project is on motherhood and nineteenth-century scientific travels, focusing on encounters between travellers and a range of mothers of other races, cultures, species and even genders, in order to think more broadly about the slipperiness and strangeness of Victorian definitions of motherly ‘instinct’. I continue to have interests in the realist novel, but I am also especially interested in the literary analysis of the beautiful, challenging and widely-read writings of men and women of science, such as Mary Somerville, Charles Lyell, and Alfred Russel Wallace.

Currently I am supervising or second-supervising dissertations on representations of mining in nineteenth-century literature, on fiction and animal commodities (meat, blubber, fur), and on detective fiction, and I have recently examined theses on palaeontology and teratology in fiction. I would be especially interested to hear from students wanting to work on topics relating to nineteenth-century fiction, narrative theory and/or scientific writing (including, but not restricted to, geological, evolutionary or anthropological writing).

For more details, please see her full research profile.

Selected Publications
  • Novel Science: Fiction and the Invention of Nineteenth-Century Geology (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013) – awarded the 2012 Marc-Auguste Pictet Prize for early career contribution to the history of science; shortlisted for the British Society for Literature and Science Prize 2013; awarded ‘Honorable Mention’ in the North American Victorian Studies Association Book Prize 2013
  • Time Travellers: Victorian Perspectives on the Past, ed. by Adelene Buckland and Sadiah Qureshi (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, forthcoming 2016)
  • A Return to the Common Reader: Print Culture and the Novel, 1850-1900, ed. by Adelene Buckland and Beth Palmer (Ashgate, 2011)
  • “Pictures in the Fire”: the Dickensian Hearth and the Concept of History’, Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net 53 (2009)

For a complete list of publications, please see her full research profile.


In 2014-15 I am convening the 3rd-year undergraduate dissertation module. I also currently teach and/or convene a broad range of nineteenth-century modules, including:

  • 5AAEB024 Victorians and Social Change
  • 6AAEC048 Victorians Abroad
  • 6AAEC068 Lost Worlds: Victorian Literature and Science
  • 7AAEM709 Genres of Science Writing

I have also taught Reading Poetry (level 5), Fin-de-Siecle (level 6), and Memory and Time (level 7), and have contributed lectures to the level 5 module Writing London and to core courses on the MA 1850-Present and MA Nineteenth-Century Studies.








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