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Robert Douglas-Fairhurst

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Robert Douglas-Fairhurst
Academic Position:
CUF Lecturer and Tutorial Fellow
Research Interests:
Nineteenth-century literature; Tennyson and Dickens

Dr Robert Douglas-Fairhurst is Fellow and Tutor in English at Magdalen College, Oxford. He is the author of 'Becoming Dickens' (Harvard UP, 2011), which was awarded the 2011 Duff Cooper Prize, and 'Victorian Afterlives' (OUP, 2002), and has also produced editions of Dickens's 'Christmas stories' and Henry Mayhew's 'London Labour and the London Poor'. He writes regularly for publications including the Daily Telegraph, Guardian, TLS, and New Statesman. Radio and television appearances include Start the Week and The Culture Show, and he has also acted as the historical consultant on BBC productions of Jane Eyre, Emma and Great Expectations.

Recent Publications

  • ‘Tennyson’ in The Cambridge History of English Poetry ed. Michael O’Neill (CUP, 2010)
  • ‘Tennyson’s Beginnings’, Essays in Criticism (January 2010)
  • (ed.) Henry Mayhew, London Labour and the London Poor: A Selected Edition (OUP, 2010)
  • ‘Address’ in The Oxford Handbook of Victorian Poetry ed. Matthew Bevis (forthcoming, 2013)
  • ‘Dickens’s Rhythms’ in Dickens and Style ed. Daniel Tyler (Cambridge University Press, 2013)
  • Becoming Dickens: The Invention of a Novelist (Harvard University Press, 2011)
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1 Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland

Robert Douglas-Fairhurst explores how every generation has created its own Wonderland, and why...

Robert Douglas-Fairhurst
2 The Stories of Lewis Carroll, J.R.R. Tolkien and Philip Pullman

Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, Stuart Lee and Margaret Kean explore the digital afterlives of these...

Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, Stuart Lee, Margaret Kean
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1 Shakespeare and the Victorians

Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, Professor of English Literature, Oxford, gives a talk for Shakespeare...

Robert Douglas-Fairhurst
2 Why should we study Dickens?

Dr Robert Douglas-Fairhurst of Magdalen College, Oxford, discusses his current research and...

Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, Ilana Lassman
3 Why Dickens?

Dr Robert Douglas-Fairhurst talks of Dickens' life and influences and why these have made...

Robert Douglas-Fairhurst