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I am currently working on my third book, Primate Change: how the world we’ve made is remaking us, to be published September 2018. It is a wide-ranging study of the Anthropocene body, and how, as we have altered the environment, it has slowly been changing us inside and out.

I also wrote, Footnotes: How Running Makes us Human (published by Ebury, Penguin RH, and by Macmillan in the US), a study of running, meaning and modern life. My work has been published and translated by a range of media outlets including The Literary ReviewThe TelegraphThe Guardian, The Washington Post, The Big Issue, Wanderlust, The IndependentThe I NewsThe New Zealand HeraldThe World Economic Forum; and, I have read my work and been interviewed about it on the BBC a number of times, as well on several other national radio stations in Scotland, Ireland, the US and Canada, as well as on Sky news. I write most regularly for The Conversation and the Literary Review.

The kinds of research I am interested in are based around nineteenth-century literature (especially Hardy and Dickens), landscape, science, nature-writing and the body. My first book was a monograph, Discovering Gilgamesh: Geology, Narrative and the Historical Sublime in Victorian Culture, (published by Manchester University Press in 2013), it focuses on the discovery of The Epic of Gilgamesh in 1872 and the tremendous influence that it exerted upon theories of geology, history, narrative and aesthetics in the Victorian period.

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Office: NC35 (Rutherford Extension)

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Cregan-Reid, V. (2016). Footnotes: How running makes us human. [Online]. London: Ebury, Penguin Random House. Available at:
Cregan-Reid, V. (2013). Discovering Gilgamesh: Geology, narrative and the historical sublime in Victorian culture. [Online]. Manchester: Manchester University Press. Available at:
Edited book
Cregan-Reid, V. ed. (2010). New woman fiction 188-1899 (pt. 2). London: Pickering & Chatto.
Cregan-Reid, V. (2017). BBC Radio 3 - Free Thinking - Running. [Live radio discussion programme]. Available at:
Cregan-Reid, V. (2017). How Running Makes Us Human by Trevor Spencer on September 2, 2017 in Interview, Podcasts, Running Physiology. [podcast, video interview]. Available at:
Cregan-Reid, V. (2017). The Disruptors - Hate the gym? History explains why the treadmill can feel like torture. [Radio]. Available at:
Cregan-Reid, V. (2017). Interview Leonard Lopate Show WNYC NPR radio in New York. [Radio]. Available at:
Cregan-Reid, V. (2017). Interview on BBC Radio Scotland's Out for the Weekend. [Radio]. Available at:
Cregan-Reid, V. (2017). Interview on RunRun Live Podcast - iTunes. [iTunes podcast]. Available at:
Cregan-Reid, V. (2016). Does Running Make you More Intelligent? [Radio / internet]. Available at:
Cregan-Reid, V. (2016). How to get into running. [Radio / internet / BBC iplayer]. Available at:
Cregan-Reid, V. (2015). 'Where is the literature of running?'. [Radio / internet / BBC iplayer]. Available at:
Cregan-Reid, V. (2018). Ecologies of Labour: the Anthropocene body as a body of work. 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century [Online] 26. Available at:
Cregan-Reid, V. (2017). Taking up Running? Here's what you need to know to make it to February. The Conversation [Online]. Available at:
Cregan-Reid, V. (2017). We Evolved to Run—But We're Doing It All Wrong. National Geographic [Online]. Available at:
Cregan-Reid, V. (2017). A Healing Walk in the Woods. Sunday Telegraph.
Cregan-Reid, V. (2017). The Treadmill is 200 this year - high time it got a makeover. The Guardian [Online]. Available at:
Cregan-Reid, V. (2016). How Running Went from Victorian Pastime to the most Popular Activity on Earth. Washington Post:0-1.
Cregan-Reid, V. (2016). Running Numbers Continue to Rise, Here's Why. The Conversation, The Independent, The New Zealand Herald, The Open University, Newsflash Nigeria, [Online]. Available at:
Cregan-Reid, V. (2016). Pages for the Ages. The Literary Review [Online] 2016:1-1. Available at:
Cregan-Reid, V. (2016). 'Running makes you smarter - Here's How'. The Conversation [Online] 1:1-1. Available at:
Cregan-Reid, V. (2016). Our success as a species is 5% inspiration and 95% perspiration. The Conversation [Online]. Available at:
Cregan-Reid, V. (2016). Why treadmills are torture (and how they were used as a Victorian punishment). The Independent [Online]:30-31. Available at:
Cregan-Reid, V. (2016). Run, Writer, Run. Literary Review [Newspaper / Internet]:2-2. Available at:
Cregan-Reid, V. (2016). The top five spring runs from the author of Footnotes: How Running Makes Us Human. Penguin:1-1.
Cregan-Reid, V. (2016). Pause Column.. 'How to Reap the Rewards of Running in Nature'. The Big Issue.
Cregan-Reid, V. (2016). Five Ways to Reboot Your Brain this summer. The Conversation [Online]. Available at:
Cregan-Reid, V. (2015). What can the world's most advanced running lab teach us about movement. The Telegraph [Newspaper / Internet]. Available at:
Cregan-Reid, V. (2015). How to become a happy runner. The Telegraph [Newspaper / Internet]. Available at:
Cregan-Reid, V. (2014). Running: the Top Five Reasons to Keep Going. The Guardian [Online]. Available at:
Cregan-Reid, V. (2013). 'The Horizons of History Retreated' - The tragic tale of George Smith and Gilgamesh. The Telegraph [Online]:19-19. Available at:
Cregan-Reid, V. (2013). Modes of Silence in E. M. Forster's "Inferior" Fiction. English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920 56:445-461.
Cregan-Reid, V. (2013). The Tractor and the Caterpillar - The Dymock Poets and the Cotswolds. Psychojography [Academic Blog]. Available at:
Cregan-Reid, V. (2012). Running Wilde: Landscape, the Body, and the History of the Treadmill. Critical Survey [Online] 24:73-91. Available at:
Cregan-Reid, V. (2009). The Gilgamesh Controversy: The Ancient Epic and Late-Victorian Geology. Journal of Victorian Culture [Online] 14:224-237. Available at:
Cregan-Reid, V. (2006). Macaulay and the Historical Sublime, or Forgetting the Past and the Future. Nineteenth-Century Prose [Online] 33:402-436. Available at:
Cregan-Reid, V. (2005). Drowning in early Dickens. Textual Practice [Online] 19:71-91. Available at:
Cregan-Reid, V. (2005). Bodies, Boundaries and Queer Waters: Drowning and Prosopopæia in Later Dickens. Critical Survey [Online] 17:20-33. Available at:
Cregan-Reid, V. (2004). Water Defences: The Arts of Swimming in Nineteenth-Century Culture. Critical Survey [Online] 16:33-47. Available at:
Book section
Cregan-Reid, V. (2017). Essay on perspiration. in: Running: Cheaper Than Therapy. UK: Bloomsbury, pp. 33-35.
Cregan-Reid, V. (2011). Paradigms of Remembrance from Scrooge to Isabel. in: Çakır, B. ed. Facing the Past, Facing the Future. Istanbul: Bachesehir University Press, pp. 68-91.
Cregan-Reid, V. (2007). Morpho-Eugenia. in: Maunder, A. ed. The Facts on File Companion to the British Short Story. New York: Facts on File.
Cregan-Reid, V. (2007). Romance. in: Maunder, A. ed. The Facts on File Companion to the British Short Story. Facts of File.
Cregan-Reid, V. (2007). Maria Edgeworth. in: Maunder, A. ed. The Facts on File Companion to the British Short Story. New York: Facts on File.
Cregan-Reid, V. (2007). Mr Smith and Dr Suess: Originary Narrative and the Late-Victorians. in: Pearson, R. ed. The Victorians and the Ancient World: Archaeology and Classicism in Nineteenth-Century Culture. Cambridge Scholars Press, pp. 109-123.
Cregan-Reid, V. (2007). Charles Dickens. in: Maunder, A. ed. The Facts on File Companion to the British Short Story. New York: Facts on File.
Internet publication
Cregan-Reid, V. (2016). From perspiration to world domination – the extraordinary science of sweat [Website]. Available at:
Cregan-Reid, V. (2017). Interview in Psychology Today. [Online]. Available at:
Cregan-Reid, V. (2016). The Octopus and the Windmill. Literary Review [Online]:34-35. Available at:
Visual media
Cregan-Reid, V. (2016). Sky News - Morning Stories - run for your health. [TV]. Sky News.
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During the Academic Year 2016/17 I will be teaching on the following modules:

EN333 Romanticism and Critical Theory (Stage 1)

EN684 Clouds, Waves & Crows: Writing the Natural, 1800 to the Present (Stage 3)

EN702 Thomas Hardy (Stage 3)

EN835 Dickens, the Victorians and the Body (postgraduate)

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Research supervision

I have guided several PhDs to completion and am supervising four at the moment.  I am interested in supervising many aspects of nineteenth century culture, but would particularly welcome work on nineteenth-century sustainability and ecology, science, Victorian history and historiography, the sublime and gender (especially queer theory or the representation of women). 

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Last Updated: 04/10/2017