Caroline Sumpter

      Dr Caroline Sumpter

      Senior Lecturer

      Phone: +44 (0)28 9097 1078

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      or call +44(0)2890 973091.

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      Achievements and Distinctions

      My research specialisms include Victorian literature and science (particularly evolutionary science, anthropology and mental science), the nineteenth-century press and the history of reading, and nineteenth-century fairy tale and science fiction. My first monograph, The Victorian Press and the Fairy Tale (2008, paperback 2012) won the Mythopoeic Scholarship Award (2011) and was shortlisted for the Esse First Book Award (2011) and the Katherine Briggs Award (2010). I am the author of a wide range of articles on Victorian literature, culture and politics (most recently, on Oscar Wilde, William Morris, Thomas Hardy and Richard Jefferies). A second monograph, Moral Fictions: Literature, Evolution and Ethics at the Fin de Siècle, which explores links between fiction and debates over the evolution of morality in the late nineteenth century, is in the final stages of completion. New research focuses on scientific, cultural and literary constructions of genius in the Victorian period, and on Victorian 'self-help' and its intellectual and cultural legacies. 


      I am the convenor of the level 3 course ENG3097 ('Literature and Science in the Nineteenth-Century: Evolution, Degeneration and the Mind'), and teach and lecture on the Level 2 core course ENG2070 ('Literature and Society 1850-1930'). At stage 1, I teach and lecture on ENG1006 ('Sounds of the City: Belfast and Beyond') and lecture on ENG1001 ('English in Transition'). I also supervise undergraduate dissertations.At MA level, I teach on the English Literary Studies programme. I am the convenor of the MA course 'The Shock of the New: Popular Fiction 1880-1930', and also teach on the new course 'The Child in Literary History, 1600-1900'. I currently supervise PhD students on literary projects across the Victorian period, and am second supervisor on projects in geography on human/animal relations and Darwinian medicine in the nineteenth century.



      Maternity leaves Sept 2011-April 2012 and Sept 2013 -June 2014.

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      Frequent Journals

      • Victorian Studies

        ISSNs: 0042-5222

        Indiana University Press

        Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 0.47 SJR 0.195 SNIP 1.931


      • Literature and History

        ISSNs: 0306-1973

        Manchester University Press

        Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 0.41 SJR 0.118 SNIP 1.152


      • Nineteenth-Century Contexts

        ISSNs: 0890-5495


        Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 0.2 SJR 0.155 SNIP 0.456


      • New Comparison

        ISSNs: 0950-5814

        Berg Publishers

        Scopus rating (2005): SJR 0.1 SNIP 0


      • Victorian Periodicals Review

        ISSNs: 0709-4698

        Johns Hopkins University Press

        Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 0.47 SJR 0.274 SNIP 1.226


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