Dress in Context

Research Centre

Dr Serena Trowbridge

Research interests

Poetry, particularly of the nineteenth century; women’s writing; literature and the environment; Gothic literature; lunatic asylums and other Victorian institutions; dress and identity in Victorian literature; Ruskin; Pre-Raphaelitism in art and literature.


My Ladys Soul: The Poetry of Elizabeth Siddall, Victorian Secrets (August 2018)

Christina Rossetti’s Gothic, monograph (Bloomsbury 2013 )

Book chapters

Invited chapter on the poetry of Elizabeth Siddall for Literary Pre-Raphaelitism (proposed title) ed. Heather Witcher and Amy Kahrmann Huseby, Palgrave 2020

 ‘The Gothic in Victorian Poetry’, invited chapter for The Cambridge Companion to the History of the Gothic, ed. Dale Townshend (CUP 2019)

Invited contributor on Elizabeth Siddall to the Palgrave Encyclopaedia of Victorian Women’s Writing, ed. Lisa Scholl

 ‘Gender and Space in Pre-Raphaelite paintings of “The Eve of St Agnes”’, in Poetry and Painting: Pre-

      Raphaelitism, ed. Sophia Andres and Brian Donnelly (Peter Lang, 2018)

‘“Truth to Nature”: The Pleasures and Dangers of the Environment in Christina Rossetti’s Poetry’, 

      pp. 63-78 in Victorians and the Environment, ed. Ronald D. Morris and Lawrence Mazzeno (Ashgate 2017)

‘Past, Present and Future in the Gothic Graveyard’, pp. 21-33 in Gothic and Death, ed. Carol M. Davison (Manchester UP 2017)

‘“The Wordless Secrets of Death’s Deep”: Christina Rossetti’s Gothic’, pp. 161-172 in Women and Gothic, ed. Maria Purves (Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2014)

“A Silent Heart”: Christina Rossetti’s “Monna Innominata” as a Reconstruction of Dante’s Beatrice’, pp. 77-96 in Dante in the Nineteenth Century, edited by Professor Nick Havely (University of York), Peter Lang Ltd, 2011

Edited collections

Insanity and the Lunatic Asylum in the Nineteenth Century, edited collection with Thomas Knowles (Pickering & Chatto 2014)

Pre-Raphaelite Masculinities, edited collection with Amelia Yeates (Ashgate 2014)

Acts of Memory: The Victorians and Beyond, edited collection with Ryan Barnett (Cambridge Scholars Press 2010)

Journal articles

Co-editor (with Dinah Roe, Oxford Brookes) and contributor to Victoriographies, a special issue in 2020 to mark the 150thanniversary of Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s Poems

‘Emotional Similes: Christina Rossetti’s Appropriation of Caroline Norton’, The Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies 28 (Spring 2019)

Dr Serena Trowbridge