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 completed my BA in English at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge. In 2017, I worked with Elizabeth Gaskell's House in Manchester on projects such as cataloguing the collection and conservation book cleaning in William Gaskell's study; I return to volunteer at EGH whenever I am back up in Manchester. I then returned to Cambridge for the MPhil in Modern and Contemporary Literature, before beginning my PhD in 2018.

I am currently on the Faculty's Graduate Research Forum committee. 

Research Interests

My thesis considers the politics and practices of recording and performing dialect voices in the nineteenth-century novel form. The project brings dialect writers from highly-localised print cultures into conversation with novelists who have survived in cultural memory, such as Gaskell and Hodgson Burnett.

More broadly, I am interested in: regionalism; the development of the novel form; working-class print cultures and reading practices; speech and voice; collaborative composition; museum studies; Chartism and its poetics.

I have also written transcriptions and commentaries for dialect poems digitized in the Poetry of the Lancashire Cotton Famine (1861-5) project, led by Dr Simon Rennie. The database can be accessed here.

Areas of Supervision

Part II Paper 10, and dissertations on nineteenth-century fiction.

I have previously supervised dissertations on topics such as Dickens's collaborative short stories and on George Eliot. I have also taught Practical Criticism.

Selected Publications

 Radio Broadcasts

  • 'Mrs Gaskell Revisited', Open Book, BBC Radio 4 (13 September 2018)