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Dr Nicola Bishop

Research Student, Associate Lecturer

United Kingdom


My research to date has focused on the fictional representations of lower-middle-class clerks in an increasingly bureaucratic world. My PhD thesis is an interdisciplinary blend of literary analysis and social commentary on Victorian and Edwardian office workers in novels by middlebrow authors such as H. G. Wells, Shan Bullock, Keble Howard and, latterly, Victor Canning. My work challenges the preconceived notions of a stereotypically emasculated and cultureless clerk, and instead argues, through a topographical study of several ‘clerical areas' – the suburbs, the office, and the holiday – that the clerk was at the creative forefront of literature for the masses. More recently, this line of argument has taken me into an examination of canonical modernist works, in the deconstruction of the clerk ‘everyman' who blurs the lines of distinction between the brows. I am also interested in the history and literary representations of rambling as a lower-middle-class endeavour in the early twentieth century.   

Research Grants

FASS PhD Studentship 2009-2013

 

External Roles

I have been involved with the International Summer Programme (Department of Linguistics and English Language) for the past two years and I am currently the Acadamic Co-ordinator of the course (British Culture, Language and Society, 1800-Present).

Qualifications

2009 - ongoing PhD (Lancaster University)

Title - 'What thought of ‘Head Office' to "one off his head"': Escaping 'clerkly lives' in Middlebrow Fiction (1860 - 1940).

2008 - 2009 MA in Historical Research (Lancaster University)

2005 - 2008 BA (Hons) in English Literature and History (Lancaster University)

Current Teaching

ENGL100 Associate Lecturer - office hours 2-3 Friday.

Additional Information

I have been awarded a LUSU Student-Led Teaching Award for Best Feedback (2013)

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