Curriculum Vitae

Dr Catherine Pope


2010-2014 – PhD on ‘The Regulation of Female Identity in the Novels of Florence Marryat’, University of Sussex (part-time)

2008 – MA Victorian Studies (distinction), Birkbeck College, University of London (part-time)



Notable Women Authors of the Day (2011) – with Troy Bassett

Critical edition of Love’s Conflict by Florence Marryat (forthcoming in 2014)


The Alice Behind Wonderland by Simon Winchester - Britain and the World

The Massarenes by Ouida - The Latchkey

New Woman Fiction – Review 19

Let the Flowers Go: A Life of Mary Cholmondeley by Carolyn Oulton – The Latchkey 

The Wing of Azrael by Mona Caird - Victorian Popular Fiction Association Newsletter (Spring 2011)


“Rhoda Broughton.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Victorian Literature. Ed. Juliet John. New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.



September 2009 – Victorian Popular Novelists, 1860-1900

July 2010 – Victorian Popular Culture: Prose, Stage and Screen

July 2011 – Sex, Courtship and Marriage in Victorian Popular Culture

July 2014 – Sights and Frights


Woman Against Woman: Florence Marryat vs Geraldine Jewsbury (Victorian Popular Culture, London, July 2010)

Who Pays for the Butter? Florence Marryat and the Married Women’s Property Acts (Victorian Popular Fiction Association 4th Annual Conference, London, July 2012)


Sexuality and Representation Panel (Sex, Courtship and Marriage in Victorian Popular Culture, London, July 2011)


2011 – 2012 Communications Editor, Victorian Network


Victorian Popular Fiction Association (Postgraduate Representative)

British Association of Victorian Studies

North American Victorian Studies Association

The Jerome K. Jerome Society


My thesis was on feminism in the novels of Florence Marryat. I am now expanding this research to cover Marryat’s non-fiction for a forthcoming monograph.

Additional research interests

Lesser-known Victorian women writers, including Rhoda Broughton, Charlotte Riddell, John Strange Winter and Edna Lyall; sensation fiction; digital humanities.


I have run the following workshops at the University of Sussex:

  • Getting the Better of Technology
  • Building your Academic Web Presence with Social Media
  • Managing your Bibliographic References with Zotero
  • Writing your Thesis with Scrivener
  • Capturing your Research with Evernote
  • Getting Things Done
  • Undertaking a Literature Review

IT Skills

Before beginning my academic career, I worked for 14 years in IT management and web development.  My experience includes: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, JQuery, PHP, Coldfusion, MySQL, SQL Server, WordPress, Mediawiki and Moodle.

Out now: The Meanings of Home in Elizabeth Gaskell's Fiction, a beautifully written study of this Victorian author's novels.