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Dr Matthew Ingleby, BA, M.St. (Oxford), PhD (University College London)


Lecturer in Victorian Literature



I taught at UCL for six years, where I completed my doctorate, which contributed to the Leverhulme-funded ‘Bloomsbury Project’. My work explored the role of fiction in the social production of that locality between the 1820s and 1904, when Virginia Woolf moved in. Before this, I was an undergraduate and Master’s student at Magdalen College, Oxford. My research attends to both ends of the long nineteenth century and largely addresses the politics of the cultural representation of urban and coastal space. I’ve written about such topics as Victorian building plots, locality in utopia, bachelor domesticity, railings, Dickensian doppelgängers, the everyday in George Crabbe, and burglary in G. K. Chesterton, the latter essay forming a part of a collection published in 2013, which I co-edited. I am currently completing a monograph about Bloomsbury, due to be published in 2017. I was born in Plymouth and lived in Cornwall for my first two decades.

I blog at and tweet from @matthewingleby.

Undergraduate Teaching

In 2016-17 academic year, I am teaching on:

Postgraduate Teaching

In the 2016-17 academic year, I am teaching on:

  • ESH7024: Victorian Voices


Research Interests:

  • London; especially Bloomsbury
  • Seaside resorts; especially Margate
  • Railings: culture, history, politics
  • Theories of space, spatial practice and spatial representation
  • The Victorian novel, including Dickens, Collins, Trollope, Braddon, Hardy
  • Early twentieth-century fiction, including Chesterton, Nesbit, Woolf

Recent and On-Going Research:

My thesis addressed the role of fiction in the production of Bloomsbury, showing how the locality became culturally recoded over the course of the nineteenth century, being transformed from a place of socio-economic marginality to an autonomous centre of intellectual endeavour, through the interested mediation of literary writing. This local history of the novel stretches from the 'Silver-Forks', through Thackeray, Dickens, Trollope, Braddon, Morris, and a number of ‘New Women’, to Woolf, who moved in 1904 into what was already a very culturally mediated part of town. This work is due to be published as a monograph next year.

Building from this account of a particular place within the city, I am currently scoping a larger future project upon discourses of residential fashion within nineteenth-century London and its coastal satellites. Related current research interests of mine include the contestations that have arisen around London's railings and the democratization of leisure in Margate between the 1820s and the 1920s.


Monographs, Editions and Edited Collections

Novel Grounds: Nineteenth-Century Fiction and the Production of Bloomsbury (Palgrave, forthcoming 2017).

Bloomsbury (British Library, forthcoming 2017).

Ed. Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Anthem, forthcoming).

Ed. G. K. Chesterton, London and Modernity, co-edited with Matthew Beaumont (Bloomsbury Academic, 2013). Introduction by me.

Essays and Articles

‘Double Standards: Reading the Revolutionary Doppelgänger in The Prophet’s Mantle’, in Victorian Fiction beyond the Canon ed. Daragh Dowes and Trish Ferguson (Palgrave, forthcoming).

‘human language can make a shift’: Late-Victorian Tentacular Cities and the Genealogy of ‘Sprawl’’, in Victorian Sustainability in Literature and Culture ed. Wendy Parkins (Routledge, forthcoming).

‘Thackeray and Silver-Fork Bloomsbury: Vanity Fair as Local Historical Novel’, in Thackeray in Time: History, Memory and Modernity ed. Richard Salmon and Alice Crossley (Routledge, 2016) 101-120.

‘Multiple Occupancy: Residency and Retrospection in Trollope’s Orley Farm and An Autobiography’, in Life Writing and Space, ed. Eveline Killian and Hope Wolf (Ashgate, 2016) 25-40.

‘George Crabbe’ (Long entry – 5000 words), in The Wiley Encyclopaedia of British Literature, 1660-1789, ed. Jack Lynch and Gary Day (Wiley/Blackwell, 2015).

‘Chemistry versus Biology: Dickens, Malthus, and the Familiarised Doppelgänger’, in Victorian Review 39.2 (2013 [2014]), 97-114.

‘‘Fences...form’d of Wreck’: George Crabbe’s The Borough and the Resources of the Poor’, in Romanticism 20.2 (2014), 140-150.

‘Chesterton and the Romance of Burglary’, in G. K. Chesterton, London and Modernity (Bloomsbury Academic, 2013), 135-156.

‘Bulwer-Lytton, Braddon, and the Bachelorization of Legal Bloomsbury’, in Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, 8.2 (Summer 2012) online.

‘Utopian Bloomsbury: the Grounds for Social Dreaming in William Morris’s News from Nowhere’, inUtopian Spaces of Modernism: British Literature and Culture 1885-1945, ed. Rosalyn Gregory and Benjamin Kohlmann (Palgrave, 2012), 87-104.

‘Building Plots: Metropolitan Fiction, 1848-1897, and the Conception of Urban Sprawl’, in Literatur in Wissenschaft und Untericht, ed. Ulrich Kinzeil (Winter 2011), 127-141.

My reviews and other shorter pieces have appeared in Times Literary SupplementUrban Pamphleteer, Literary London JournalReview 31The Junket etc.

PhD Supervision

I would welcome enquiries from potential doctoral students interested in the politics of space in nineteenth-century literature and culture.

Public Engagement

Recent talks I’ve given to the general public have included:

I blog at and tweet from @matthewingleby.

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