Miss Victoria Le Fevre

Supervised by

  • Ruth Livesey First/primary/lead supervisor


Personal profile

Victoria Le Fevre obtained her BA in English and MA in Victorian Studies at the University of Leicester. Following a break from the academy, she is is is now studying for her PhD, which is fully funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and is supervised by Dr Ruth Livesey.

Her thesis is provisionally entitled 'Fringes and Feathers: representing the London Factory Girl, 1880-1910.' It engages with literary and historical approaches to argue that dominant perceptions of impoverished women, who were routinely present on the streets of the Victorian city, were bound up with biologized anxieities around consumption, nascent mass culture, and particular understandings of urban space. This analysis of representations of young impoverished women contributes to academic discussion of women's contestation of public space during the nineteenth century - a discussion which has tended to highlight and debate the activities and representation of elite women.

Having served on the Committee of Royal Holloway's English Research Forum, co-organizing a number of well-attended events accessible to students and staff across the University of London, she is currently serving as a representative of the University's constituent colleges on the Committee of Senate House Library Friends. During her first year as a PhD candidate she was selected by competition to represent Royal Holloway as funded graduate student at the Dickens Universe, an international conference held annually at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is a regular participant in a number of London-based seminars.


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