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About

Cathy Waters (MA (Hons), DipEd Macquarie U, PhD USyd.) taught in Australia at the University of New England and the University of Sydney before coming to Kent in 2009. Her research interests are in Victorian literature and print 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, winner of the 2009 Robert and Vineta Colby Prize by the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals). Special Correspondence and the Newspaper Press in Victorian Print Culture, 1850-1886, based upon research from her AHRC-funded project investigating of the writing of the Victorian ‘special correspondent’ – ‘Journalism on the move: the special correspondent and Victorian print culture’ – is forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan in 2019. With Ruth Brimacombe, she has curated an online exhibition from this project, Picturing the News: The Art of Victorian Graphic Journalism.

Contact Information

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School of English, Rutherford Extension, NC44

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Publications

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Book
Waters, C. (2019). Special Correspondence and the Newspaper Press in Victorian Print Culture, 1850–1886. [Online]. Palgrave Macmillan. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-03861-8.
Waters, C. (2008). Commodity Culture in Dickens’s "Household Words": The Social Life of Goods. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing Group.
Edited book
Patten, R.L., Jordan, J.O. and Waters, C. eds. (2018). The Oxford Handbook of Charles Dickens. [Online]. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Available at: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-oxford-handbook-of-charles-dickens-9780198743415?cc=gb&lang=en&#.
Merchant, P. and Waters, C. eds. (2015). Dickens and the Imagined Child. Aldershot: Ashgate Press.
Waters, C., Hollington, M. and Jordan, J. eds. (2010). Imagining Italy: Victorian Writers and Travellers. Newcastle Upon tyne: Cambridge Scholars.
Gay, P., Johnston, J. and Waters, C. eds. (2008). Victorian Turns, NeoVictorian Returns: Essays on Fiction and Culture. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars.
Book section
Patten, R., Jordan, J. and Waters, C. (2018). Introduction. in: Patten, R. L., Jordan, J. O. and Waters, C. eds. The Oxford Handbook of Charles Dickens. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 1-5. Available at: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-oxford-handbook-of-charles-dickens-9780198743415?cc=gb&lang=en&#.
Waters, C. (2017). Doing the Graphic: Victorian Special Correspondence. in: Shattock, J. ed. Journalism and the Periodical Press in Nineteenth-Century Britain. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 165-181. Available at: http://www.cambridge.org/gb/academic/subjects/literature/english-literature-1830-1900/journalism-and-periodical-press-nineteenth-century-britain?format=HB#TLA8KexjOmmVSDhH.97.
Waters, C. (2017). Researching transnational/transatlantic connections: the 1865 Atlantic cable expedition. in: Easley, A., King, A. and Morton, J. eds. Researching the Nineteenth-Century Periodical Press: Case Studies. London: Routledge, pp. 102-114. Available at: https://www.routledge.com/Researching-the-Nineteenth-Century-Periodical-Press-Case-Studies/Easley-King-Morton/p/book/9781315605616.
Waters, C. (2016). Dickens, 'first things' and the rites of growing up. in: Kennedy, V. and Kitsi-Mitakou, K. eds. Liminal Dickens. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, pp. 1-14.
Merchant, P. and Waters, C. (2015). Introduction. in: Dickens and the Imagined Child. Aldershot: Ashgate Press, pp. 1-13.
Waters, C. (2014). 'Dickens's "Young Men", "Household Words" and the Development of the Victorian "Special Correspondent"'. in: Kujawska-Lis, E. and Krawczyk-Laskarzewska, A. eds. Reflections on/of Dickens. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 18-31. Available at: https://www.cambridgescholars.com/reflections-on-of-dickens.
Waters, C. (2013). The Household Words Journalist as Ethnographer: G. A. Sala’s 'Phases of ‘Public’ Life'. in: Mackenzie, H. and Winyard, B. eds. Charles Dickens and the Mid-Victorian Press, 1850-1870. University of Buckingham Press, pp. 1-10.
Waters, C. (2011). Gender Identities. in: Ledger, S. and Furneaux, H. eds. Dickens in Context. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 365-372.
Waters, C. (2011). Domesticity. in: Ledger, S. and Furneaux, H. eds. Dickens in Context. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 350-357.
Waters, C. (2010). Commodifying Culture: Continental Travel and Tourism in Household Words. in: Imagining Italy: Victorian Writers and Travellers. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, pp. 35-52.
Hollington, M. and Waters, C. (2010). Introduction. in: Imagining Italy: Victorian Writers and Travellers. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, pp. 1-12.
Johnston, J. and Waters, C. (2008). Introduction. in: Gay, P., Johnston, J. and Waters, C. eds. Victorian Turns, NeoVictorian Returns: Essays on Fiction and Culture. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, pp. 1-11.
Article
Waters, C. (2013). Sketches of the Metropolis: Pub-Crawling with George Augustus Sala in Household Words. Dickens Quarterly 30:26-42.
Waters, C. (2011). Materializing Mourning: Dickens, Funerals and Epitaphs. 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century [Online]:1-20. Available at: http://doi.org/10.16995/ntn.605.
Waters, C. (2009). ‘Much of Sala, and but Little of Russia''A Journey Due North,' Household Words, and the Birth of a Special Correspondent. Victorian Periodicals Review [Online] 42:305-323. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/vpr.0.0090.
Waters, C. (2008). 'Fairy palaces' and 'Wonderful Toys': Machine Dreams in Household Words. Dickens Quarterly 25:215-231.
Datasets / databases
Waters, C. and Dunstan, A. (2017). Victorian Specials Database: Journalism on the move. [web]. Available at: https://research.kent.ac.uk/victorianspecialsdatabase/#.
Edited journal
Carney, B. and Waters, C. eds. (2012). Dickens and Feeling. 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century [Online]. Available at: http://www.19.bbk.ac.uk/82/volume/0/issue/14/.
Visual media
Waters, C. and Brimacombe, R. (2017). Picturing the News: The Art of Victorian Graphic Journalism. [online]. Available at: https://research.kent.ac.uk/victorianspecials/.
Forthcoming
Waters, C. (2015). Special Correspondent. in: Brake, L. ed. Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism. Proquest.
Total publications in KAR: 26 [See all in KAR]
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Professional Activities

Cathy is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Dickens Journals Online project and of Victorian Periodicals Review. I am a member of the Board of Directors of the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals.

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Research supervision

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

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