Dr Clare Walker Gore, Trinity



Biographical Information

I read English at Selwyn College, Cambridge, where I went on to study for my MPhil and PhD. I was named one of the BBC/AHRC 'New Generation Thinkers' for 2015-2016 and was elected to a Junior Research Fellowship at Trinity in 2016.

Research Interests

My current project explores life-writing and fiction in the Victorian period, and in particular life-writing by and about female novelists, including Elizabeth Gaskell, Margaret Oliphant, Harriet Martineau and George Eliot.

My previous project, Plotting Disability in the Nineteenth-Century Novel, grew out of my doctoral thesis, and 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 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. The monograph version mainly focuses on the work of Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Charlotte M. Yonge, Dinah Mulock Craik, George Eliot and Henry James.

In addition to my particular interest in these areas, 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), Part I Paper 7a (1830-1945), Part I Paper 7b (1870-present), and Part II Paper 10 (1847-1872). I supervise dissertations on a range of nineteenth- and twentieth-century topics.

Selected Publications


  • Plotting Disability in the Nineteenth-Century Novel (Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming 2020)
  • Charlotte M. Yonge: Writing the Victorian Age, co-edited with Clemence Schultze and Julia Courtney (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2021)

Articles and Book Chapters

Review Essays

Shorter Pieces

  • ‘A Deadly Obsession in Victorian London’, BBC History Magazine (August 2017), 40-43
  • ‘The Amazing Life of Arthur Kavanagh’, BBC History Magazine (March 2016)


Dinah Mulock Craik, A Noble Life, published by (Victorian Secrets, 2016).

Radio Broadcasts

  • ‘Forgotten Authors’, Radio 3, Free Thinking, 26 October 2017
  • ‘Hearing Voices’, Radio 3, Free Thinking, 6 December 2016
  • ‘Invalidism in Barchester Towers’, Radio 3, Free Thinking, 6 July 2015
  • ‘Politician and Pioneer: Writing the Life of Arthur Macmurrough Kavanagh’, Radio 3, The Essay, 10 November 2015
  • ‘George Eliot and Germany’, Radio 3, Proms Extra, 2 August 2016