Lisa Robertson

Assistant Professor



Carleton Hall 329

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Lisa C. Robertson’s research focuses on the literature and culture of the long nineteenth century in Britain. In particular, she is interested in gender and sexuality studies; architecture and the built environment; and political and intellectual history.

Her first book, Home and Identity in Nineteenth-Century Literary London (EUP, 2020), explores new designs for domestic buildings in the nineteenth-century metropolis and the ways that these spaces – and their representations in literature – give expression to shifts in both individual and collective understandings of gender, sexuality and class.

With Flore Janssen, she is editor of Margaret Harkness: Writing Social Engagement, 1880–1921 (MUP, 2019), which is the first collection to bring together scholarship on Harkness as an author, traveller, and activist. The research for this collection resulted in a related project, The Harkives, which is an open-access digital archive of resources by or about Margaret Harkness.

She has published research on the collegiate writing of poet Amy Levy in English Literature in Transition, 1880–1920; and on Westfield College, one of the earliest residential colleges for women in Britain, in Women’s History Review. Her current research returns to her interest in nineteenth-century collegiate culture and encompasses two related projects. The first is an examination of College Verse and its emergence as a popular genre in Britain and America at the end of the nineteenth century; the second explores the democratisation of university culture at the turn of the twentieth century, and its connection to representations of dissident expressions of gender and sexuality in novels by authors such as D.H. Lawrence, Storm Jameson, and Rosamond Lehmann.

For ten years she has served on the Committee of the Literary London Society, most recently as Secretary. She welcomes enquiries from potential postgraduate students interested in the literature and culture of the long nineteenth century, particularly as it relates to gender and sexuality.