Dr Clare Walker Gore, Trinity
I read English at Selwyn College, Cambridge, where I went on to study for my MPhil and PhD. I was elected to a Title A Fellowship (a junior research fellowship) at Trinity in 2016. I was named one of the BBC/AHRC 'New Generation Thinkers' for 2015-2016.
My doctoral thesis, which I am currently revising for publication, was entitled 'Plotting Disability: Physical Difference, Characterisation, and the Form of the Novel, 1837-1907'. It explored the role of disabled characters in the nineteenth-century novel, investigating whether characters' capacity to function in narrative terms is curtailed by the attribution of a social identity based on incapacity. In fact, I have found the opposite to be the case: disabled characters perform a host of necesary narrative roles in the Victorian novel, and disability functioned as an enabling concept for nineteenth-century novelists, used to test the possibilities and limitations of the marriage plot, to explore questions of social and narrative justice, and to probe the connection between embodiment and identity. My thesis focused on the work of Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Charlotte M. Yonge and Dinah Mulock Craik; I am currently working on George Eliot and Henry James.
In addition to my particular interest in questions of identity and embodiment in the Victorian novel, I am broadly interested in nineteenth-century fiction, in women's writing, in feminist and queer approaches to the novel, and in nineteenth-century cultural history. I mainly teach Part I Paper 1 (practical criticism), Paper 7a (1830-1945), and Part II Paper 10 (1847-1872), and supervise dissertations on a range of nineteenth-century topics.
Articles and Book Chapters
- ‘The Additional Attraction of Affliction: Disability, Sex and Genre Trouble in Barchester Towers’, Victorian Literature and Culture 45.3 (forthcoming 2017)
- ‘“The right and natural law of things”: Disability and the Form of the Family in the Fiction of Dinah Mulock Craik and Charlotte M. Yonge’, Queer Victorian Families: Curious Relations in Literature, ed. Duc Dau and Shale Preston (Routledge, February 2015), 116-133
- ‘Noble Lives: Writing Masculinity and Disability in the Late Nineteenth Century’, Nineteenth-Century Contexts 36.4 (September 2014), 363-375
- ‘“Setting Novels at Defiance”: Novel Reading and Novelistic Form in Charlotte M. Yonge’s The Heir of Redclyffe’, Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies1 (Spring 2014)
- ‘The Measure of Manliness’, Critical Quarterly, 58.2 (July 2016), 127-130
- ‘“Sculpture Victorious: Art in an Age of Invention, 1837–1901” at Tate Britain, 25 February to 25 May 2015’, 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, 22 (July 2016)
- ‘Reading Victorian Deafness’, Wilkie Collins Journal, 16 (April 2016)
- ‘Two Feminist Classics’, Women: A Cultural Review, 26.3 (February 2016), 343-346
- ‘Return to the 1950s: Rachel Cooke’s Her Brilliant Career and the Novels of Mary Renault and Barbara Pym’, Glasgow Review of Books (June 2015)
- ‘A Life More Ordinary’, Women: A Cultural Review, 26.1 (June 2015), 163-166
- ‘Writing from the Heart of the House’, Women: A Cultural Review, 25.3 (December 2014), 305-307
- ‘Coming out of the Attic: Re-examining Disability in Jane Eyre’, Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, 10.1 (Spring 2014)
- ‘The Amazing Life of Arthur Kavanagh’, BBC History Magazine (March 2016)
I have edited a critical edition of Dinah Mulock Craik’s out-of-print novel A Noble Life, published by Victorian Secrets in March 2016.