Miss Rosalind White

Personal profile

I am currently working as a postdoctoral research associate at Royal Holloway, University of London on the ‘Finding Middlemarch' project. I am also Research Fellow in Corpus Linguistics at the Centre for Corpus Research at the University of Birmingham and editor of the CLiC Fiction Blog. 

My doctoral thesis '“In My Mind’s Cabinet”: Epistemology, Emotion and the Impact of Natural History on Victorian Literature and Culture 1820-1880’ (which I am currently preparing for publication) was funded by the Arts Humanities Research Council. The project interpolated between the history of science and the history of emotions, two interdependent fields that mutually orbit around the same question: what stories emerge from the past when we cease mining it for teleological argument?

In 2021, I published Pre-Raphaelites in the Spirit World alongside Professor Barrie Bullen and Lenore Beaky.  This fascinating project entailed transcribing, contextualising and providing explanatory notes for William Michael Rossetti’s Séance Diary - a remarkable document in both the history of Pre-Raphaelitism and nineteenth-century spiritualism.

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 programmealongside 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 @DrRosalindWhite 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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