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Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I would welcome new PhD proposals in - Dickens studies - 19th-century British writers - 19th-century Irish literature and culture - 20th-century Irish literature - Modern post-colonial fiction and theory - 19th-century women's travel writing - The literature of landscape - 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

19962020

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Personal profile

Interests

  • 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

Particulars

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

Teaching

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

Achievements

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

R1941ENG: Dickens Letters Supplements

Litvack, L.

01/08/200717/12/2019

Project: Research

Research Output

Open Access
File

Dickens’s Burial in Westminster Abbey: The Untold Story

Litvack, L., Jan 2020, Reading Dickens Differently. Litvack, L. & Vanfasse, N. (eds.). Wiley-Blackwell, p. 15-45 31 p.

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

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

Litvack, L., 19 Feb 2019, (Accepted) In : The Dickensian. 116, 1

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Charles Dickens’s turkey letter and his role in popularising Christmas traditions

Litvack, L., 22 Dec 2019, 1 p. The Guardian.

Research output: Other contribution

Open Access
File
  • Datasets

    Thought for the Day 5 Sept 2008

    Litvack, L. (Creator), BBC Radio Ulster, 05 Sep 2008

    Dataset

    The Ethics of Nuclear Warfare 3 Sept 2017 BBC Radio Ulster

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

    Dataset

    File

    Thought for the Day 27 Sept 2009

    Litvack, L. (Creator), BBC Radio Ulster, 27 Sep 2009

    Dataset

    Prizes

    Advisory Council on National Records and Archives

    Leon Litvack (Recipient), 31 Oct 2019

    Prize: Appointment

  • 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

  • Visiting Professor, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

    Leon Litvack (Recipient), 17 Sep 2018

    Prize: Appointment

  • Activities

    Reviewer for QUB Periodic School Review (PSR)

    Leon Litvack (Reviewer)
    20192020

    Activity: Other activity typesOther

    Member, Advisory Council on National Records and Archives

    Leon Litvack (Board Member)
    31 Oct 201931 Oct 2023

    Activity: Consultancy typesKTP & Consultancy in kind

    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

    Dickens at Christmas: Story, Song, Celebration

    Leon Litvack (Keynote speaker)
    14 Dec 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

    File

    Dickens's A Christmas Carol; Dickens and Ulster

    Leon Litvack (Invited speaker)
    09 Dec 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    File

    Impact

    Bringing Dickens to Ireland: the 2012 Festival

    Leon Litvack (Participant)

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

    File

    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

    File

    Thesis

    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