Hello everyone! My name is Helen and I am currently studying for an MA in English Literature at Cardiff University. This term I decided to break the mould in terms of the traditional university module, in the desperate hope of gaining some much needed but dreaded “employability skills,” by taking a module in project management and advanced research.

My research interests encompass all things Victorian, having previously written a dissertation on Thomas Hardy’s early novels and taken modules in Victorian gender and monstrosity as well as neo-Victorian metatextualities. But with this project I wanted to try something different to the entirely textual approach I’ve done previously by examining Victorian visual culture and how this relates to our own age of the digital.

Initial forays into my potential project has included delving into the macabre world of Victorian post-mortem photography, I predict some uneasy, sleepless nights ahead!