Miss Rosalind White

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Personal profile

I am an AHRC Techne funded doctoral student. My research looks at how natural history, in many ways, dwelt within the feminine sphere of Victorian culture and charts a more intimate, personal exploration of natural history that examines the lives of its practitioners beyond the impact of conventional watersheds. My project will be underpinned by both literary and scientfic 19thC texts in an interdisciplinary study towards an evolving understanding of the historiography of science.

My article ‘”What of her glass without her?” Prismatic Desire and Auto-Erotic Anxiety in the Art & Poetry of Dante Gabriel Rossetti’ will be published in the Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies Vol. 28 (Spring, 2019) I also have a forthcoming chapter, ‘Crawling at your feet, you may observe a Bread-and-Butterfly’: Insects in Literature and Language’ in A Cultural History of Insects in the Age of Industry 1820-1920 (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019). 

I am currently working on a critical edition of William Michael Rossetti’s Séance Diary alongside Professor Barrie Bullen. 

Other work

I was co-director of the Centre for Victorian Studies here at Royal Holloway from 2016-2018. I put together both the 2017/18 programme alongside Dr Katie McGettigan and the 2016/17 programme alongside Professor Juliet John. I also ran The London Victorian Studies Colloquium alongside Professor Juliet John in April, 2016. 

Research interests

I am particularly interested in digital humanities, questions of materiality, the growing field of research on the history of emotions, and the connection between art and science. Delve into The Cabinet of Curiosity, or follow me on twitter @rosalindmwhite where I blog about my research interests.


I taught alongside Professor Ruth Livesey on the Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture course (EN3202) (Autumn 2016) and the Literature of the Fin de Siècle course (EN2309) (Spring 2017). 

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