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Dr Catherine Waters

Reader; Deputy Chief Examiner

School of English

Office: NC 44

Cathy Waters taught in Australia at the University of New England and the University of Sydney before coming to Kent in 2009. Her research interests lie in Victorian literature and culture, with a particular focus on the writing of Dickens, the journalism of George A. Sala, and nineteenth-century periodicals and newspapers. She has written Dickens and the Politics of the Family (Cambridge University Press 1997; rpt 2005) and Commodity Culture in Dickens’s Household Words: The Social Life of Goods (Ashgate 2008). The latter monograph was awarded the 2009 Robert Colby Prize by the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals.  She has co-edited with Penny Gay and Judith Johnston Victorian Turns, NeoVictorian Returns: Essays on Fiction and Culture (Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2008) and with Michael Hollington and John O. Jordan, Imagining Italy: Victorian Writers and Travellers, for the same press (2010).  From 2001-2005 she was managing editor of the Australasian Victorian Studies Journal and she has written various journal articles, book chapters and reviews on Victorian topics. She is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Dickens Journals Online project and series editor for the 6-volume collection, A Library of Essays on Charles Dickens (Ashgate 2012). She is currently working on an AHRC-funded project investigating of the writing of the Victorian ‘special correspondent’ – ‘Journalism on the move: the special correspondent and Victorian print culture’.

Research Supervision

Cathy would welcome research proposals in Victorian literature and culture, especially in the areas of fiction or journalism.

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Selected Publications

  • Dickens and the Politics of the Family (Cambridge University Press 1997; rpt 2005)
  • Commodity Culture in Dickens’s Household Words: The Social Life of Goods (Ashgate 2008)
  • Editor with Penny Gay and Judith Johnston, Victorian Turns, NeoVictorian Returns: Essays on Fiction and Culture (Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2008)
  • Editor with Michael Hollington and John O. Jordan, Imagining Italy: Victorian Writers and Travellers (Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2010)
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