BA, PGCE, MA, PhD
Professor of English Literature and Literary Studies
Department of Communications & Creative Arts
School of Humanities & Social Sciences
Dr Andrew King has worked at the University of Greenwich since May 2013. His first degree was in classical and medieval Latin (Reading), and he has MAs in Medieval Studies (Reading) and English (Sussex). He completed his PhD (2000) at Birkbeck, supervised by Professor Laurel Brake.
Having started a career in EFL, he taught his first English literature course at the University of Catania where he began work in 1983. In 1985 he completed his PGCE at the University of Cambridge where he was one of the very few to gain distinctions in both the theoretical and practical aspects of the course. He taught in a school in north London for a year before Catania lured him back for the rest of the 1980s.
Committed to gender equality, in 1990 he gave up his career to support his wife in her career as British Council officer. As a result he was fortunate to teach for many years at universities in Bucharest and Warsaw, and around the UK (Birkbeck, Hertfordshire and Keele). In 1998 he led the joint Romanian government/ British Council project Crossing Cultures, which introduced for the first time the study of gender, class, sexuality and ethnicity into Romanian schools.
Immediately before coming to Greenwich, Andrew had taught since January 2003 at Canterbury Christ Church University where he was senior lecturer and then Reader in print history.
He was assistant editor of the Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism, for which he researched around 70 entries both in areas that had been (often surprisingly) not studied before, and in some very well-known subjects, and ran the central VLE for the project where the 200+ contributors deposited their work. He is general editor of the Victorian Fiction Research Guides in a knowledge exchange partnership with the publisher Victorian Secrets.
He was external examiner at Liverpool John Moores University from 2004-08 and has externally examined PhDs at the universities of London, Queensland, Ghent and Liverpool John Moores.
Since 2009, Andrew has organised or helped organise four conferences: Angels and Demons and the 41st and 3rd Annual Conference of the Research Society of Victorian Periodicals, and, most recently, Literature, Community and its Limits. Selected outputs from these conferences can be found in Critical Survey and Victorian Periodicals Review (46.2).
Responsibilities within the university
- REF Coordinator for UoA 29 (English)
- Research Lead for the Literature and Drama Research Group
- Member of Research Degrees Committee.
- The Canon
- Fictions and Visual Narratives
- Poetry and Drama
- Literature and Publishing 1820-today
- English in World Literature.
- Text and (Inter)textuality: English Research and Theory
- Unreal City
- Commerce of Vice.
- "Mysteries of London", Ohio Summer School
- 2013: Wolff lecture, Research Society for Victorian Periodicals ($1500)
- 2008–09: Research Fellow, University of Ghent, Belgium (60,000 Euros).
- January 2005 to May 2008: Member of the International Advisory Panel of the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (NCSE), an AHRC project to make digital editions of key 19th century periodicals.
- 2005–07: Editorial Board of the Journal of Victorian Culture; convenor of Roundtable on Catherine Gallagher’s The Body Economic, published in 12(1), Spring 2007, pp. 97–115.
- Editorial Board of Victorian Periodicals Review.
- Board of the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, for which he co-organised the annual conferences in 2008 and 2011.
- Reader for English; Authorship; Journalism: theory, practice and criticism, and for Routledge, Continuum and Ashgate publishers.
- Grant evaluator for: University of Missouri Research Board, Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Arts and Sciences.
- External Examiner of BAs: Liverpool John Moores (2004-8), Edinburgh Napier (2013-)
- External Examiner of PhDs: Universities of Ghent, Liverpool John Moores, London (Birkbeck, Goldsmith’s), Macerata, Queensland.
- Media history
- Popular fiction
- Victorian fiction
- Victorian periodicals
- Popular periodicals
- Professional periodicals
- Literature and finance
- Literature and economics.
Andrew King's work on the Victorian period lies at the intersection of literature, history, media studies and sociology. Blending traditional archival work with newer research methods and methodologies, his work emphasises unexpected areas of cultural exchange between popular and élite, and across national and linguistic borders. He currently has three ongoing research projects.
Andrew's major research topic is the extravagant novelist and journalist Ouida (1839–1908), on whom he has written several articles and edited a collection of essays with Jane Jordan (Kingston University) for Ashgate (2013). He has critically edited Ouida's last completed full-length novel, a scandalous story of political and sexual corruption in Victorian high-life called The Massarenes. His next major project on Ouida is a full scale biography contracted to Ashgate (due 2015).
Andrew is also continuing work on 19th century periodicals with a contract for a two-volume Companion to Nineteenth-Century British Periodicals with Ashgate (2015/2016), which he is editing with Alexis Easley (University of St Thomas) and his colleague at University of Greenwich, John Morton. He is contributing a chapter on periodical economics – a far wider topic than merely attention to publishers’ accounts.
Finally, he is interested on the global circulation of popular fiction in the 19th century, especially sentimental fiction by women and work that seeks to educate readers about financial and economic issues. Andrew gave the opening plenary at the 2011 annual conference of the Association for Victorian Popular Fiction on ways to think about the global circulation of women’s fiction. The circulation of financial information formed part of the 2013 Wolff lecture he delivered at the 45th annual conference of RS4VP in July 2013.
Recent funded projects
Professions and the press
A year-long fully funded research fellowship at the University of Ghent, 2008-09 (€60,000).
The most immediate outputs from the fellowship comprised three journal articles and the successful completion of the DNCJ, the joint winner of the Robert and Vineta Colby Scholarly Book Prize in 2010.
The main research findings comprised the identification of the components of what a "professional" was in the 19th century (and still is to a large extent today) and how they developed. The research paid particular attention to gender, especially to the changing nature of professional masculinities. Andrew continued this work, focusing on Victorian banking periodicals, for the 2013 Wolff lecture.
King, Andrew (2011) The sympathetic individualist: Ouida's late work and politics.
King, Andrew (2011) Interview with Dr Andrew King in Victorian Popular Fiction Association Newsletter.
King, Andrew (2010) "Killing time," or Mrs Braby’s peppermints: The double economy of the Family Herald and the Family Herald Supplements.
King, Andrew (2009) Collaborative research and the compilation of the Dictionary
of Nineteenth-Century Journalism [Book review].
and King, Andrew (2009) Why gender, the professions and the press now?.
King, Andrew (2009) “Army, Navy, Medicine, Law,/ Church, Nobility, Nothing at all”: Towards the study of gender, the professions and the press in the nineteenth century.
King, Andrew (2013) Introduction.
King, Andrew (2013) Ouida 1839-1908: quantities, aesthetics, politics.
King, Andrew (2013) Crafting the woman artist: Ouida and Ariadnê.
King, Andrew (2011) Literature of the Kitchen: Cheap Serial Fiction of the 1840s and 1850s.
King, Andrew (2008) Reynolds's Miscellany, 1846–1849: Advertising networks and politics.
King, Andrew (2008) International history of magazines.
(2013) Ouida and Victorian Popular Culture.
(2011) The Massarenes (1897) by Ouida.
and Turner, Mark
(2008) Dictionary of nineteenth-century journalism in Great-Britain and Ireland.