Dr Christopher Donaldson

Lecturer in Cultural History


My research is primarily concerned with 18th- and 19th-century cultural and environmental history, and I have particular scholarly interest in print history, as well as in travel writing and topographical literature. My current research projects include Geospatial Innovation in the Digital Humanities: A Deep Map of the English Lake District (2015–2018), which is funded by the Leverhulme Trust. In addition, I co-edit the Digital Forum for the Journal of Victorian Culture.

Selected Publications Show all 59 publications

John Brown's 'Description of the Lake at Keswick': New Clues and Clarifications
Donaldson, C.E. 1/06/2018 In: The Library.
Journal article

'The Travelling Carriage in Old Times': John Ruskin and the Lakes Tour in the Age of William IV
Donaldson, C.E. 18/05/2018 In: Yearbook of English Studies. 48
Journal article

From the Mines to the Mountains: John Dalton's 'Descriptive Poem' of 1755 and Contemporary Accounts of Cumberland & Westmorland
Donaldson, C.E., Matthews, S. 2018 Carlisle : Bookcase. 210 p. ISBN: 9781912181155.

Henry Hobhouse's Tour Through Cumbria in 1774
Donaldson, C.E., Dunning, R., Winchester, A.J.L. 9/01/2018 Tract Series ed. Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society.
Scholarly edition

Digital Heritage
Alker, Z., Donaldson, C.E. 27/04/2018 In: Journal of Victorian Culture. 23, 2, 2 p.

Locating the beautiful, picturesque, sublime and majestic: spatially analysing the application of aesthetic terminology in descriptions of the English Lake District
Donaldson, C.E., Gregory, I.N., Taylor, J.E. 04/2017 In: Journal of Historical Geography. 56, p. 43-60. 18 p.
Journal article

Shifting interpretations of the English Lake District
Donaldson, C.E. 16/06/2016 In: Changing perceptions of nature. London : Boydell & Brewer p. 145-152. 11 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Mapping ‘Wordsworthshire’: a GIS study of literary tourism in Victorian Lakeland
Donaldson, C., Gregory, I., Murrieta-Flores, P. 14/08/2015 In: Journal of Victorian Culture. 20, 3, p. 287-307. 21 p.
Journal article