Anya Eastman

Anya Eastman


Personal profile

Personal profile

After completing her BA (2017) and MA (2018) at Royal Holloway, Anya returned as a doctoral researcher in 2021. In addition to her research Anya is the Assistiant Director of Royal Holloway's Centre for Victorian Studies and she is currently a Visiting Tutor in the School of Humanities. Anya is also working part-time on a Technē funded placement at The Dickens Museum, where she is a Research Assistant on a forthcoming exhibition. 

Research interests

"My Technē (AHRC) funded PhD explores the posthumous representation of Charles Dickens, George Eliot and Oscar Wilde. I read the memorials and monuments dedicated to these authors, and the alterations that have been imposed on these sites from conception to modern day, alongside the editing and reframing of their texts. The term ‘memorialise’ contains a formal history of how authorial figures have been preserved. Rather than further exploring this formal history, my thesis demonstrates its relevance by exploring the current active processes of authorial memorialisation. This thesis makes a significant, interdisciplinary contribution to the growing fields of research on material culture and celebrity, introducing a new approach to heritage studies."


Anya is currently a Visiting Tutor on EN1105: Literature and Crisis. Anya has also taught on EN1107: Reorienting the Novel. 

Office hour: Tuesday 11-12 in IN224

Other work

Conference Papers

2018 London Nineteenth-Century Postgraduate Colloquium: ‘Prosthesis and Self- Improvement: A Study of Prosthetic Darwinism in Dickens’s Our Mutual Friend’.

2022 London Nineteenth-Century Postgraduate Colloquium: ‘The Death and Re-Birth of Dickens’s Little Nell: Remembering Tong’s Official Fictional Resident’.

2022 Dickens Symposium: 'Two Windows into Dickens's Posthumous Representation'. 
2022 British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS): ‘"I awoke the imagination of my century so that it created a myth and legend around me": Editing the Afterlife of Oscar Wilde'.
Anya was the Royal Holloway English post-graduate delegate for the Dickens Universe (Santa Cruz) in 2022. 
Eastman, A. (2022) ‘To Be Read at Dusk’: Ghost Hunting in the CLiC Corpora [Blog post]. CLiC Fiction Blog, University of Birmingham. Retrieved from []

Education/Academic qualification

Victorian Literature, Art and Culture MA, Distinction, Royal Holloway, University of London


English BA (Hons) , First Class, Royal Holloway, University of London