School of English


Wendy has published widely on topics relating to gender and modernity in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, such as Mobility and Modernity in Women’s Novels, 1850s-1930s (Palgrave, 2009) and Jane Morris: The Burden of History (Edinburgh UP, 2013).

She also has a longstanding research interest in everyday life, sustainability, and slowness and is the co-author of Slow Living (Berg, 2006) and the editor of Victorian Sustainability in Literature and Culture (Routledge, 2018) and William Morris and the Art of Everyday Life (Cambridge Scholars, 2010).

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School of English, Rutherford Extension

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Parkins, W. (2013). Jane Morris: The Burden of History. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Parkins, W. (2008). Mobility and Modernity in Women’s Novels, 1850s-1930s: Women Moving Dangerously. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Parkins, W. (2016). Silkworms and Shipwrecks: Sustainability in Dombey and Son. Victorian Literature and Culture [Online] 44:455-471. Available at:
Parkins, W. (2015). “Feeling for Beauty”. The Senses and Society [Online] 10:26-38. Available at:
Parkins, W. (2012). 'Wot Larx!' William Morris, Charles Dickens and Fatherly Feelings. 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century [Online] 14:1. Available at:
Parkins, W. (2010). Feeling at Home: Gender and Creative Agency at Red House. Journal of Victorian Culture [Online] 15:61-81. Available at:
Total publications in KAR: 6 [See all in KAR]
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Professional activities

Wendy is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Victorian Culture and Victoriographies: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century Writing. She was the President of the Australasian Victorian Studies Association from 2011 to 2013 and is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the British Association for Victorian Studies. She is also a member of the Peer Review College, AHRC.

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