My name is Vic and I am in the first year of my interdisciplinary PhD at University of Leeds. My thesis is funded by a WRoCAH competition studentship, and will examine the ways in which the Northern Star was used as a tool to create, maintain, and dissolve masculine networks of protest during the Chartist movement in Britain. My research interests revolve around gender (especially deconstructing masculinity), labour, food studies, protest, narrative form, print history, media studies from the 19th century to present, and digital humanities.

I completed my MA in Victorian Literature at the University of Leeds in September 2016, during which time I ambitiously established this blog. My MA dissertation examined representations of the Public House in Chartist journalism, short stories, and the social problem novel in Britain. My BA in English Literature with English Language & Linguistics was completed at the University of Roehampton in 2014, where I developed my interests in language and gender, postcolonial studies, food studies and the Victorian novel.

This blog is about my journey into academia as I commence my PhD, and also about my research and sharing resources. As the first graduate in my family, I firmly believe that the knowledge accumulated within the academy needs to be shared as widely as possible: if knowledge is power, let’s distribute it fairly.

If you’d like to talk more or recommend some books, find me on Twitter at @vjc_torianist, email me, or check out my (currently very bare) Academia.edu profile. All views expressed by me both here and on social media are my own and not representative of the University of Leeds.

When not reading old newspapers or bartending, I enjoy cooking, reading novels, sewing, watching period dramas, and visiting statues of my favourite writers.