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Biography

Merrick Burrow was born and educated in Preston, Lancashire, before taking a first degree in English Studies at the University of Lancaster, followed by an MA in Critical Theory and DPhil in English Literature at the University of Sussex. He has taught English at the University of Sussex, University College Chichester (now Chichester University) and King Alfred’s College, Winchester (now Winchester University).

Merrick joined the University of Huddersfield as a lecturer in English in 2003, going on to become Course Leader in 2004 and Head of English in 2005. He led the development and validation of new courses in English Literature in 2004 and, most recently, the MA in Literary Studies in 2008. He has also been involved in piloting the use of digital technologies and filmmaking in English Literature modules.

In addition to his role as a lecturer and subject leader, Merrick has a role within the School of Music, Humanities and Media as Academic Conduct Officer and is also a member of the University Teaching and Learning Committee.

Research & Scholarship

Merrick Burrow’s interests are located at the interface between material culture and cultural theory. His research is informed by conceptions of difference and contradiction as these are located within a variety of artefacts and signifying practices, from proto-modernist lyric poetry, through popular narrative to the junk and detritus of late-Victorian material culture. He is particularly interested in the ways in which the vicissitudes of identity in the late nineteenth century are manifested in relation to transformations in both mass and elite cultural forms.

The work of the German critic and theorist Walter Benjamin has been extremely important to the development of his research interests. Merrick was one of the joint organisers of an international conference on Benjamin’s Arcades Project in 2003, and edited and contributed to a special issue of new formations on the same topic in 2005. Since then he has given conference and seminar papers on Oscar Wilde, moral panic in popular print media, penny dreadfuls, representations of late-Victorian juvenile criminality, masculinities in adventure fiction and the practice of collecting and exhibiting souvenirs of empire. He is currently working on bringing these papers together into a monograph to be provisionally entitled, Extraordinary Gentlemen.

Publications and Other Research Outputs

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2013

Burrow, M (2013) ‘Queer Clubs and Queer Trades: G.K. Chesterton, Homosociality and the City’. In: G.K. Chesterton, London and Modernity. London: Bloomsbury. . ISBN 9781780937069

Burrow, M (2013) ‘Conan Doyle's gothic materialismNineteenth-Century Contexts , 35 (3), pp. 309-323. ISSN 0890-5495

Burrow, M (2013) ‘The Imperial Souvenir: Things and Masculinities in H. Rider Haggard's King Solomon's Mines and Allan QuatermainJournal of Victorian Culture , 18 (1), pp. 72-92. ISSN 1355-5502

2012

Burrow, M (2012) ‘Oscar Wilde and the Plaistow Matricide: Competing Critiques of Influence in the Formation of Late-Victorian MasculinitiesCulture, Society and Masculinities , 4 (2), pp. 133-147. ISSN 1941-5583

2004

Burrow, M., Farnell, G. and Jardine, M. (2004) ‘'Construction Site': On Reading Benjamin's ArcadesNew formations (54), pp. 7-12. ISSN 0950-2378

Burrow, M (2004) ‘Dialectical Fairyland, Cosmic Advertising and the Mimetic Faculty in The Arcades Project New formations (54), pp. 108-125. ISSN 0950-2378

Research Degree Supervision

Merrick Burrow welcomes research proposals for PhD or MA by Research in any of the following areas:

  • Victorian / Edwardian masculinities
  • The relationship between elite and popular culture in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries
  • Theoretical explorations of literary and/or material culture
  • Victorian modernism, including such areas as proto-modern technologies and metropolitan experience
  • Literary representations of Victorian / Edwardian imperialism
  • Thematic and technological connections across different genres and art forms, including literature, music, fine art, photography, film and drama in Victorian / Edwardian British culture.

    Merrick currently supervises PhD research on Victorian sensation fiction and popular periodicals.

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