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Alina Ghimpu-Hague


Personal profile

Research interests

My main research interests concern readers, readership and reception, the evolution of genre, participatory culture, and multi-modal narratives from the 19th century to the present. I am currently investigating these issues in the specific context of Victorian Nonsense. Recently, I have also developed an interest in the interaction between botany, geography, horticulture, flower symbolism, and Victorian genre writing. 



Since joining Royal Holloway, I have taught on and have written materials for a range of courses in the English Department, at Royal Holloway International, and in the Centre for the Development of Academic Skills. These courses included:

  • Modern Critical Theory
  • Critical Practice
  • Background to Modern Britain for Social Sciences Students
  • Contemporary Britain
  • Dissertation Writing for the Social Sciences
  • Critical Thinking
  • English Through the Media 
While at RHI and CeDAS, I also supervised research projects, ran academic skills workshops focused on research and writing skills for home and international students, and co-developed the Cultural Studies and the Arts coursebook used on the Royal Holloway International Foundation Programme.


- Associate Fellow of The Higher Education Academy
- Member of the British Association for Victorian Studies
- Member of the Victorian Popular Fiction Association
- Member of the British Comparative Literature Association
- Member of the Association for Learning Technology
- Member of the International Association for Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL)


  • English literature
  • Victorian novel
  • English studies
  • Victorian studies
  • Victorian culture
  • Victorian popular culture
  • Victorian publishing
  • Study skills
  • reading process
  • writing process
  • critical thinking
  • Research skills
  • quantitative methods
  • qualitative methods