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Personal profile


  • 19th-century British & Irish literature, esp. Dickens
  • Victorian Journalism
  • Art History
  • History of Photography
  • Architectural History
  • Museums & Galleries
  • Promotion of the Arts
  • Northern Ireland politics & society
  • Middle Eastern politics & society
  • Literature and Imperialism
  • The literature of place
  • Canadian and Commonwealth literature
  • Modern fiction
  • World Religions
  • Moral & ethical issues
  • 19th, 20th and 21st-century history
  • Politics and society in the UK, Europe and North America
  • Literature, politics & economics in India

My interests are represented through my varied range of activities:

  • academic work
  • community engagement work
  • speaking engagements in the UK and abroad
  • broadcasting for the BBC and other media outlets


I grew up in Toronto, and have been at Queen's since 1991.

Research Statement

My primary research area is the life and works of Charles Dickens. I am the Principal Editor of the Dickens Letters Project, and an expert analyst of Dickens's letters, manuscripts, and handwriting. I am highly adept at finding new Dickens letters that have never before come to the attention of scholars. I have written and lectured widely on Dickens, his works and his world. I have curated Dickens exhibitions at major institutions, and have made these the substance of my impact cases for presentation to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) evaluation.

Most of my research has used historicist and post-colonial modes of criticism. I am an expert investigator of archival sources, and I have developed new approaches to Dickens's life and work as a result of my findings.I have been appointed to the Advisory Council on National Records and Archives, by the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

I have done significant work in bibliography, the interaction between literature and the visual arts, and in textual criticism. I am working on the authoritative critical edition of Dickens's last completed novel, Our Mutual Friend, for Oxford University Press

I have successfully supervised PhDs in the following areas:

  • Dickens studies
  • 19th-century British writers
  • 19th-century Irish literature and culture
  • 20th-century Irish literature
  • Modern post-colonial fiction & theory
  • 19th-century women's travel writing
  • The literature of landscape

I would welcome new PhD proposals in the above areas, as well as in

  • Film and fiction
  • TV adaptations of 18th-century/Victorian fiction
  • 20th and 21st-century fiction and poetry
  • Textual criticism
  • Landscape literature
  • The literature of place


I have extensive teaching experience in the following areas:

  • Dickens
  • 19th-century British fiction, poetry and drama
  • 19th-century Irish fiction, poetry and drama
  • 20th-century British fiction, poetry and drama
  • Canadian literature, culture & history
  • Commonwealth literature/diasporic English literature
  • Romantic literature
  • Dystopian literature
  • Metafiction
  • Autobiography

I currently teach/co-ordinate the following courses at Queen's:

  • Stage 1: English in Context: An Introduction to Contemporary Fiction
  • Stage 2: Dickens and the Cult of Celebrity
  • Stage 3: Televising the Victorians; English Dissertation
  • MA: Dickens in Context


I currently hold a two public appointments:

  • The Advisory Council on National Records and Archives
  • Board Member and Chair of the Audit & Risk Assurance Committee for National Museums Northern Ireland

From 2014 to 2019 I was a Board Member & Chair of Finance & Capital Committee for the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

I am a Board Member of the Charles Dickens Museum in London. I have expert knowledge of the institution's collection of 100,000 objects, and I contribute in the areas of collections development, education, interpretation, public engagement, finance, and operations.

I previously held a Government appointment as a Board Member of the Northern Ireland Community Relations Council, and served as Chair of the organisation's Victims Committee, responsible for distributing £12 million of Government funding to Victims and Survivors Groups.

I recently completed a report for the Governments in Northern Ireland and India on Demonetisation and Emerging Challenges. The project was funded through a £25,000 grant from the Northern Ireland Dept for the Economy.

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Projects 2001 2007

R1941ENG: Dickens Letters Supplements

Litvack, L.


Project: Research

Research Output 1996 2019

Charles Dickens and Westminster Abbey: The Elusive Times Leader of 13 June 1870

Litvack, L., 19 Feb 2019, (Accepted) In : The Dickensian. 115, 3

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Dickens, Celebrity, and the Para-Social Relationship

Litvack, L., 06 May 2019, (Accepted) In : The Dickensian.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Introduction: Reading Dickens Differently

Litvack, L., 15 Apr 2019, (Accepted) Reading Dickens DIfferently. Litvack, L. & Vanfasse, N. (eds.). Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, p. 1-12

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Reading Dickens Differently

Litvack, L., Dec 2019, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Charles Dickens


The Ethics of Nuclear Warfare 3 Sept 2017 BBC Radio Ulster

Litvack, L. (Creator), BBC Radio Ulster, 03 Sep 2017



Thought for the Day 1 Sept 2010 BBC Radio Ulster

Litvack, L. (Creator), BBC Radio Ulster, 01 Sep 2010




Advisory Council on National Records and Archives

Leon Litvack (Recipient), 31 Oct 2019

Prize: Appointment

diplomatic relations
freedom of information
media culture
public interest
law enforcement

Eaton Fellow, University of New Brunswick, 2015

Leon Litvack (Recipient), Jun 2015

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

UK Forum on Historical Manuscripts and Research

Leon Litvack (Recipient), 18 Nov 2019

Prize: Appointment

Public Records
Secretary of State

Visiting Professor, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Leon Litvack (Recipient), 17 Sep 2018

Prize: Appointment

university teacher

Activities 1990 2019

Mapping Dickens, Celebrity & the Para-Social Relationship

Leon Litvack (Keynote speaker)
13 May 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited or keynote talk at national or international conference

Member, Advisory Council on National Records and Archives

Leon Litvack (Board Member)
31 Oct 201931 Oct 2023

Activity: Consultancy typesKTP & Consultancy in kind

Reviewer for QUB Periodic School Review (PSR)

Leon Litvack (Reviewer)

Activity: Other activity typesOther

From Frankenstein to Fronkensteen: Creators, Creations and Creatures in Texts and Adaptations

Leon Litvack (Invited speaker)
31 Oct 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar


Dickens at Christmas: Story, Song, Celebration

Leon Litvack (Keynote speaker)
14 Dec 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar



Bringing Dickens to Ireland: the 2012 Festival

Leon Litvack (Participant)

Impact: Economic Impact, Quality of Life Impact, Societial Impact, Cultural Impact, Other Impact


The Letters and Photographs of Charles Dickens: Private and Public Exposure of the Celebrity Persona

Leon Litvack (Participant)

Impact: Cultural Impact, Economic Impact, Quality of Life Impact, Societial Impact, Other Impact



EcoUlysses: nature, nation, consumption

Author: Lai, Y., 2016

Supervisor: Litvack, L. (Supervisor), Caraher, B. (Supervisor) & Litvack, L. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

From memsahibs to missionaries: subjectivity in nineteenth-century British women's travel writing in India

Author: Agnew, E., 2008

Supervisor: Litvack, L. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

'Had but the tale a warbling teller': biblical poetics, ideological narrative and the tales of C. S. Lewis and G. K. Chesterton

Author: Fitzhugh, J., 2010

Supervisor: Litvack, L. (Supervisor) & Caraher, B. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

Muriel Spark and Catholicism

Author: Walls, K., 2014

Supervisor: Litvack, L. (Supervisor), Hughes, (Supervisor) & Brearton, (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

Olive Schreiner and the literary marketplace, 1883-1914

Author: Gill, C., 2011

Supervisor: Litvack, L. (Supervisor) & Sumpter, (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy