Professor David Amigoni

Title: Professor of Victorian Literature
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I am Professor of Victorian Literature. I co-ordinate Research and postgraduate activity in English, including the MRes English and the MA in English Literatures.   I have research expertise in Victorian prose narrative, in particular the genres of life writing, and science and its relations to literature. Since 2008 I have worked on the relationships between literature and ageing. I would be especially keen to supervise research students in these areas. 

My books include: Victorian Biography (1993); Charles Darwin's Origin of Species: New Interdisciplinary Essays (1995) (edited with Jeff Wallace); this will be re-published in 2013; Victorian Culture and the Idea of the Grotesque (1999) (edited with Colin Trodd and Paul Barlow), and Life Writing and Victorian Culture, an edited collection of ten original essays tracing new developments in the field (2006). My monograph Colonies, Cults and Evolution: Literature, Science and Culture in Nineteenth-Century Writing appeared in 2007 (with AHRB support), published by Cambridge University Press in their 'Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture' series.   My book, Victorian Literature: A Critical Guide (Edinburgh University Press) appeared in 2011

http://www.euppublishing.com/series/ECGL

as did The Evolutionary Epic, edited with James Elwick (York University, Toronto), vol 4 of Gowan Dawson and Bernard Lightman (eds.) Victorian Science and Literature (Pickering and Chatto, 8 volumes); http://www.pickeringchatto.com/major_works/victorian_science_and_literature

I have published essays on neo-Darwinian literary criticism, genetics in literature, and Ian McEwan and contemporary science. This led to a public conversation with Ian McEwan at the Darwin Bicentenary Festival in Cambridge (July 2009)

Other writings include The English Novel and Prose Narrative (Edinburgh 2000), and essays about Matthew Arnold, the Dictionary of National Biography, Charles Darwin and Wordsworth, Leslie Stephen, Thomas Carlyle, Harriet Martineau, Grant Allen, Victorian biographies of eighteenth-century men of letters, Samuel Butler, John Addington Symonds, and a chapter for the recently published Cambridge History of Victorian Literature (ed. Kate Flint, 2012). I was the editor of the interdisciplinary Journal of Victorian Culture between July 2005 and July 2008. I am a member of the editorial board for Blackwell's internet journal, Literature Compass, having been founding editor of its Victorian section. I was made a Fellow of the English Association in 2008.

 

Forthcoming Publications

I am co-editing, with Dr Amber Regis (University of Sheffield) a special issue of the journal English Studies on the work of John Addington Symonds (2013).

My next major monograph project, under development, is concerned with literature, science and life writing, and the idea of inheritance in the nineteenth and earlier twentieth centuries. It begins with a focus on Darwin and Galton, and examines the intellectual dynasties of the Darwins, the Huxleys and the Batesons.

 

Projects and collaborations

I am co-investigator, with Lucy Munro, on a major interdisciplinary project entitled ‘Ages and stages: the place of theatre in representations and recollections of ageing’, and led by Professor Miriam Bernard. We are working in partnership with the New Victoria Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme – originally Peter Cheeseman’s famous Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent (on which the project’s rich archival research is based). The project is funded under the New Dynamics of Ageing cross-council research programme. The project was recently in receipt of follow-on funding, see:

http://www.keele.ac.uk/agesandstages/

I am PI of the AHRC-funded research network, 'Late-Life Creativity and the New Old Age: arts & humanities and gerontology in critical dialogue', a collaboration with Professor Gordon McMullan (King’s College, London)

See:

http://www.latelifecreativity.org/

 

I continue to work on the development of The Foundations of British Sociology; The Sociological Review Archive at Keele with colleagues from Humanities, and the Research Institute for the Social Sciences. The archive, formerly known as ‘the Le Play Collection’, is a unique body of papers and social survey materials from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, deposited by Patrick Geddes, Victor Branford and associates. We secured generous funding from the Sociological Review, which has an historic relationship to the collection, and this enabled us to catalogue the archive; see:

http://calmview.keele.ac.uk/CalmView/Default.aspx

I am a member of the editorial board of the Sociological Review

I have an interest in the theory and practice of pedagogy. I co-wrote Get Set for English Literature with Julie Sanders (2003), and I worked on a project concerned with 'the production of English in Mass Higher Education', with Ken Jones and Susan Bruce (Keele), and Monica McLean (Nottingham University); the project was funded by the English Subject Centre. 


I am a member of the AHRC Peer Review College until 2012. I am an experienced external examiner of undergraduate and masters programmes, and higher degrees. At Keele I have been Research Dean for Humanities (2003-05), Head of the School of English (2004-05), and Director of the Research Institute for Humanities (2005-08). 

Selected Publications

  • Amigoni D. 2013. Active ageing in the community: laughing at/ thinking about Victorian senescence in Arnold Bennett’s The Old Wives’ Tale and its theatrical afterlife. In Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Aging in Nineteenth-Century Culture. Boehm K, Farkas A, Zwierlein A (Eds.). Routledge.
  • Amigoni D. 2012. The expansion of Britain. In The Cambridge History of Victorian Literature. Flint K (Ed.). (2012nd ed.). Cambridge University Press.
  • Amigoni D. 2009. Translating the Self: Sexuality, Religion, and Sanctuary in John Addington Symond's Cellini and Other Acts of Life Writing. Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, vol. 32(1), 161-172. link> doi>
  • Amigoni D and Regis AK. 2008. The Colony, the Carpenter's Shop, and the Making of the Queer "Man of Letters": hybridity, art, and sexuality in J.A. Symonds's writing. ETUDES ANGLAISES, vol. 61(3), 300-310. link>
  • Amigoni D. 2008. 'The Luxury of Story Telling': Science, Literature and Cultural Contest in Ian McEwan's Narrative Practice. In Literature and science. Ruston S and Association E (Eds.). Ds Brewer.

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Books

  • AMIGONI D. 2007. Colonies, Cults and Evolution: Literature, Science and Culture in Nineteenth-Century Writing. Cambridge University Press.
  • Amigoni D. Shattock J and Newey V (Eds.). 2006. 'Life-Writing and Victorian Culture'. Ashgate.
  • Amigoni D and Sanders J. 2003. Get Set for English Literature. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh.

Journal Articles

  • Amigoni D. 2009. Translating the Self: Sexuality, Religion, and Sanctuary in John Addington Symond's Cellini and Other Acts of Life Writing. Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, vol. 32(1), 161-172. link> doi>
  • Amigoni D and Regis AK. 2008. The Colony, the Carpenter's Shop, and the Making of the Queer "Man of Letters": hybridity, art, and sexuality in J.A. Symonds's writing. ETUDES ANGLAISES, vol. 61(3), 300-310. link>
  • Amigoni D. 2008. Victoriana: Histories, Fictions, Criticism. VICTORIAN STUDIES, vol. 51(1), 141-143. link>
  • Amigoni D. 2006. A consilient canon? Bridges to and from evolutionary literary analysis. ENGLISH STUDIES IN CANADA, vol. 32(2-3), 173-185. link> doi>
  • Amigoni D. 2005. 'Distinctively Queer Little Morsels: Imagining distinction, groups and difference in the DNB and the ODNB'. Journal of Victorian Culture, vol. 10(2), 279-288. doi>
  • Amigoni D. 2005. The Victorian artist: Artists' Lifewritings in Britain, ca. 1870-1910. BIOGRAPHY-AN INTERDISCIPLINARY QUARTERLY, vol. 28(2), 305-308. link> doi>
  • AMIGONI D. 2001. 'Gendered authorship, literary lionism and the virtues of domesticity: contesting Wordsworth's fame in the life writings of Harriet Martineau and Thomas Carlyle'. Critical Survey, vol. 13(2), 26-41.
  • Amigoni D. 2001. Biographical passages: Essays on Victorian and modernist biography: Honoring Mary M. Lago. VICTORIAN STUDIES, vol. 44(1), 144-146. link>

Chapters

  • Amigoni D. 2013. Active ageing in the community: laughing at/ thinking about Victorian senescence in Arnold Bennett’s The Old Wives’ Tale and its theatrical afterlife. In Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Aging in Nineteenth-Century Culture. Boehm K, Farkas A, Zwierlein A (Eds.). Routledge.
  • Amigoni D. 2012. The expansion of Britain. In The Cambridge History of Victorian Literature. Flint K (Ed.). (2012nd ed.). Cambridge University Press.
  • Amigoni D. 2008. 'The Luxury of Story Telling': Science, Literature and Cultural Contest in Ian McEwan's Narrative Practice. In Literature and science. Ruston S and Association E (Eds.). Ds Brewer.
  • Amigoni D. 2008. 'The Written Symbol Extenda Infinitely: Samual Butler and the writing of evolutionary theory'. In Samuel Butler: Victorians Against the Grain. Paradis J (Ed.). Toronto University Press.
  • AMIGONI D. 2004. 'Carving coconuts, the philosophy of drawing rooms and the politics of dates: Grant Allen, popular scientific journalism, evolution and culture in the "Cornhill Magazine"'. In Culture and Science in the Nineteenth-Century Media. Henson L, Cantor G, Dawson G, Noakes R, Shuttleworth S, Topham JR (Eds.). Ashgate.
  • AMIGONI D. 2004. 'Sincerity in every department? masks, masculinity, and market forces in eighteenth-century "English Men of Letters"'. In The Victorians and the Eighteenth Century: Reassessing the Tradition. O'Gorman F and Turner K (Eds.). Ashgate.
  • Sanders J. 2003. "The Closet Opened" : A Reconstruction of "Private" Space in the Writings of Margaret Cavendish. In A princely brave woman: essays on Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle. Clucas S (Ed.). Ashgate, Aldershot.
  • Amigoni D. 2003. 'Gothic choirs and gothic 'Fictions: habitus, moral space and identity in the autobiographies of nuskin and Newman'. In Mapping the Self: Space, Identity, Discourse in British Autobiograph. Regard F (Ed.). Presses de l'Universite.
  • Amigoni D. 2002. 'Imitation of Life: Science, Literature and the dissemination of culture'. In Transactions and encounters: Science and Culture in the 19th Century. Luckhurst R and McDonagh J (Eds.). Manchester University Press.