Georgia Thurston, St Catharine's

Degree: PhD
Course: 1830-PD
Supervisor: Dr Jan Schramm
Dissertation Title: Dialect and modernity in the nineteenth-century novel

Biographical Information

I obtained my BA in English from Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, in 2016.  In 2017, I worked with Elizabeth Gaskell's House in Manchester on projects such as conservation book cleaning in William Gaskell's study and archival cataloguing of the collection; I return to volunteer at the House whenever I am back up in Manchester.  I returned to Cambridge in 2017 to undertake the MPhil in Modern and Contemporary Literature, where I wrote my dissertation on the role of crowds and civic disturbance in Dickens' novels.  My PhD considers the politics and practices of recording and performing dialect voices in the nineteenth-century novel.

Research Interests

Regionalism; the relationship between the spoken and written word; working-class print cultures; the development of the novel form; crowds and multitudes; ballad and folk heritage; Chartism and its poetics; collaborative composition.

I also contribute to the Cotton Famine Poetry project, based at the University of Exeter.  I provide transcriptions and write commentaries for the database, which gathers poems written during the Lancashire cotton famine of 1861-5. ( 

Selected Publications

Radio Broadcasts:

  •  'Mrs Gaskell revisited', BBC R4, Open Book, 9 September 2018