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.

Research Interests

My PhD considers the politics and practices of recording and performing dialect voices in the nineteenth-century novel.  The project seeks to bring texts by the likes of Gaskell and Hardy, which have survived in cultural memory, into dialogue with working-class writers who found success in highly-localised print cultures.

More broadly, I am interested in: regionalism; the relationship between the spoken and written word; working-class print cultures; serialization and 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. ( 

Areas of Supervision

I am currently supervising dissertations for Part I Paper 7a on Charles Dickens and George Eliot, and am also teaching Practical Criticism .

I would be very happy to supervise students wishing to work on areas covered by my research interests, and especially on the novelists of the nineteenth century.

Selected Publications

Radio Broadcasts:

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