Nat Reeve


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    I'm a novelist and AHRC TECHNE-funded doctoral candidate.

    My debut novel Nettleblack, a queer Neo-Victorian adventure following a runaway heir/ess and a gang of crime-fighting misfits, was published by Cipher Press in 2022; I'm currently working on the sequel for 2024. I delve more into the novel's form here, and chat about it on a podcast here.

    For my thesis, I'm queer reading the work of the Pre-Raphaelite artist-poet Elizabeth Siddal (1829-1862), and hoping to show how a combination of queer theory and creative close reading can illuminate Siddal's art and poetry beyond cisheteronormative interpretative lenses. My work on Siddal can be found in Word & Image, the forthcoming Pre-Raphaelite Sisters collection (eds Glenda Youde and Robert Wilkes), and online talks, blogs and podcasts

    My research interests currently include: 

    • The practice and practicalities of queer historical fiction 
    • The Victorian period 
    • Elizabeth Siddal and the Pre-Raphaelites 
    • Queer theory and queer critical practice 
    • Medievalism 
    • The supernatural 
    • Ecocriticism, especially when plants are involved 

    I was the Amy P. Goldman Pre-Raphaelite Fellow at the University of Delaware and Delaware Art Museum in September 2021, and Co-Director of the Royal Holloway Centre for Victorian Studies from 2019-2020. 

    I have Associate Fellowship of AdvanceHE. This year, I'm convening the EN2217/3217 Queer Histories module, and teaching on the CW2020 Fiction course. Previously, I've taught Playwriting, The Pre-Raphaelite Revolution: Poetry and Painting, Introducing English Poetry and Thinking as a Critic, as well as guest lecturing on Creative Writing and Neo-Victorian Women at the University of Delaware. 

    I've written, edited and acted in multiple short performances for the Royal Holloway Arts Collections and Picture Gallery alongside my partner in chaos Claudia Chapman, portraying everything from ghostly College lesbian diarists to voraciously moustachioed Victorian Arctic explorers. 

    Prior to my doctoral studies, I completed my MA Victorian Literature, Art and Culture at Royal Holloway (Distinction), and my BA English at Jesus College, Cambridge (First). 

    I tweet, occasionally and shyly, @natfiereeve.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    Education/Academic qualification

    Teaching in HE, Associate Fellowship of AdvanceHE, Associate Fellow of The Higher Education Academy


    Award Date: 8 Oct 2021

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

    Sep 2017Aug 2018

    English, BA (Hons), Cambridge University

    Oct 2014Jun 2017


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