Alice Jenkins

is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Glasgow. She works mainly on nineteenth-century topics, especially literature and the physical sciences. She teaches Victorian literature at Honours and MLitt level and supervises PhD students in the fields of nineteenth- and twentieth-century fiction and non-fiction prose. She is the Chair of the British Society for Literature and Science. Her BA and PhD are from Cambridge University and before being appointed at Glasgow in 1996 she held the William Noble Research Fellowship at the University of Liverpool.

Alice’s current research projects include an edition of Michael Faraday’s early literary essays and a monograph called Disciplinary Cultures: Negotiating the Boundaries of Literature and Science in Nineteenth-Century Britain, which she will be completing during her term as a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge's Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities in the autumn of 2007. She gives papers at several international conferences each year, recently including NAVSA, NVSA and BAVS.



  • Space and the 'March of Mind': Literature and the Physical Sciences in Britain, 1815-1850
    (Oxford University Press, 2007)
  • The Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins: A Sourcebook
    (Routledge: 2006)
  • (co-edited with Juliet John) Rereading Victorian Fiction (Macmillan, 2000; pbk 2002)
  • (co-edited with Juliet John) Rethinking Victorian Culture (Macmillan, 2000)

Articles and Book Chapters

  • ‘Tunnel Visions: Underground London in Contemporary Fantasy ’, Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction, 98 (2006)
  • ‘Knowledge and Geography in Olivia Butler, Ursula K. Le Guin and Maureen McHugh’, Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, 16 (2005)
  • ‘Getting to Utopia: Railway Trains and Heterotopia in Contemporary Fantasy Fiction’, ed. Carrie Hintz and Elaine Ostry, Utopian and Dystopian Writing for Children and Young Adults (Routledge, 2002)
  • ‘Writing the Self and Writing Science: Mary Somerville as Autobiographer’ in Juliet John and Alice Jenkins, eds, Rethinking Victorian Culture (Macmillan, 2000)
  • With Juliet John, ‘Introduction’ in Alice Jenkins and Juliet John, eds, Rereading Victorian Fiction, (Macmillan, 2000).
  • With Juliet John, ‘Introduction’ in Juliet John and Alice Jenkins, eds, Rethinking Victorian Culture, (Macmillan, 2000)
  • ‘Humphry Davy: Poetry, Science and the Love of Light’, in Richard Cronin, ed., 1798: The Year of ‘Lyrical Ballads’ (Macmillan, 1998)
  • ‘Spatial Rhetoric in the Self-presentation of Nineteenth-century Scientists: Faraday and Tyndall’, in Crosbie Smith and Jon Agar, eds, Making Space for the History of Science (Macmillan, 1998)

Under contract

  • Michael Faraday’s Mental Exercises: An Artisan Essay-Circle in Regency London (Liverpool University Press, 2008)
  • 'Victorian Euclid: Geometry and Nineteenth-Century Culture', Essays and Studies (2008)
  • "The enemies we have to conquer’: Intellectualism and gentlemanliness in Michael Faraday’s artisan essay-circle", Working-Class Intellectuals, ed. by Aruna Krishnamurthy (Ashgate, 2008)


Alice Jenkins teaches Honours courses on Victorian Popular Fiction and Realism and Anti-Realism in Victorian Fiction (the supporting Moodle sites are available here), a course in the Medical School on Literature and Medicine, and core courses and a topic course on Victorian science on the MLitt in Victorian Literature. She also teaches on the level 2 course Writing and Ideology and lectures at all four levels.


Alice Jenkins is the Quality Assurance Officer for the Arts Faculty, an elected member of Senate, and serves on committees at University, Faculty and Department level.


Dr Alice Jenkins
Department of English Literature
University of Glasgow
Glasgow G12 8QQ
United Kingdom

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