Professor, English Literature and Literary Studies
Communications & Creative Arts
BA (Reading), MA (Reading), MA (Sussex), PhD (Birkbeck), PGCE (Cambridge)
Andrew King has always been interested in how and why certain texts are kept for posterity and others disappear. His first degree was in classical and medieval Latin, and he has MAs in Medieval Studies and English. He completed his PhD (2000) at Birkbeck, supervised by Professor Laurel Brake. He taught for many years at Universities overseas, though immediately before coming to Greenwich in May 2012, had taught since 2003 at Canterbury Christ Church University.
He blogs at http://blogs.gre.ac.uk/andrewking/author/ka31/ and tweets as @andrewking2904.
English REF Co-ordinator
Teaching and administrative activities
Undergraduate: Year 2 Fiction and Visual Narratives & Poetry and Drama; Year 3 Literature and Publishing
Andrew’s research centres on nineteenth-century print culture, and especially its curious and varied economics. He has three major research topics at the moment.
The first continues his work on nineteenth-century periodicals, editing with John Morton and Alexis Easley the Ashgate Companion to Nineteenth-Century British Periodicals (due out 2015) and Researching the Nineteenth-Century Periodical Press: Case Studies, Ashgate (edited again with Alexis Easley and John Morton, and due out in 2016). For the former he is working on a chapter on the economics of Victorian periodicals. He is honoured to deliver the Michael Wolff lecture at the 2013 annual conference of the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, when he will be speaking about the history and role of the Bankers’ Magazine in the development of the financial industries.
At the same time, he is working on 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 also critically edited Ouida's last completed full-length novel, a scandalous story of political and sexual corruption in Victorian high-life called *The Massarenes*. He has a contract for a full-length literary biography, Ouida (1839-1908) in Transnational Popular Culture: A Literary Life at the Margins, with Ashgate for 2014.
He has also embarked on his next long-term project, one stimulated by his previous work on transnational print media. He’s calling it provisionally “Hollywood’s Grandmas: the global circulation of women’s popular fiction in the nineteenth-century”. On this topic he gave the opening plenary at the 2011 annual conference of the Association for Victorian Popular Fiction.
Andrew was a member of the International Advisory Panel of the ncse, and, having served on the editorial board of the Journal of Victorian Culture for several years, is now on the boards of Victorian Periodicals Review and of the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, for which he co-organised the annual conferences in 2008 and 2011. 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. 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 2004-8 and has externally examined PhDs at the Universities of London, Queensland, Ghent and Liverpool John Moores.
Over 2008-9, Andrew was a research fellow at the University of Ghent, Belgium, where he worked on a project that linked the development of the professions with the development of the press. As part of this he co-edited and wrote an overview of the field for a special number of the journal Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies.
Chapter in Book and Editor of Book: 2013 Introduction and chapter entitled “Ouida (1839-1908): Quantities, Aesthetics, Politics”, Ouida and Victorian Popular Culture, co-edited with Jane Jordan, Ashgate,
Chapter in Book: 2013 ‘Towards an Iconography of the Woman Artist’, Artistry and Industry: Crafting the Woman Professional, 1790-1910, ed. Kyriaki Hadjiafxendi and Patricia Zakreski, Ashgate
Critical Edition: 2011 The Massarenes by Ouida, vol. VII in “New Woman Fiction 1881-1899,” Pickering and Chatto (critically edited with Introduction, Notes, Textual Apparatus) 450pp
Chapter in Book: 2011 “ ‘Literature of the Kitchen’: Cheap Serial Fiction of the 1840s and 1850s”, in The Blackwell Companion to Sensation Fiction, 1860-1880, ed. Pamela Gilbert, Blackwell. 38-53.
Journal Article: 2011 “Introduction: Angels and Demons”, Critical Survey, Autumn 23:2, 1-8 ( + the Guest Editorship of this special number of the Peer-Reviewed Journal on “Angels and Demons”)
Journal Article: 2011 "The Sympathetic Individualist: Ouida's Late Journalism and Politics", Victorian Literature and Culture, 39:2, 563–579
Journal Article: 2010 ““Killing Time,” or; Mrs Braby’s Peppermints. The Double Economy of the Family Herald and the Family Herald Supplements”, Victorian Periodicals Review, 43:2, 149-173
Journal Article: 2009 “The Origins of Ouida’s Pascarèl: The Combination Novel, Myths of the Female Artist and the Commerce of Art”, Anglistica Pisana Special Number on Ouida, ed. Mara Barbuni, Mario Curreli and Franco Marucci, VI, 1/2: 77-85 (ISBN 978-884672596-7)
Journal Article: 2009 “ ‘Army, Navy, Medicine, Law/ Church, Nobility, Nothing at All’: Towards the Study of Gender, the Professions and the Press in the Nineteenth-Century,” Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, 5.2 Summer 2009 available at http://www.ncgsjournal.com/issue52/issue52.htm
Journal Article: 2009 “Why Gender, the Professions and the Press Now?” with Marysa Demoor, Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, 5.2 Summer 2009 available at http://www.ncgsjournal.com/issue52/issue52.htm (+ Guest Editor, with Marysa Demoor, University of Ghent, of this special number of the Peer-Reviewed Journal on “Gender, the Professions and the Press”)
Journal Article: 2009 “Collaboration, the DNCJ, and the Victorian World Picture”, Journal of Popular Narrative Media, 2.1, 105-108.
Chapter in Book: 2008 “Reynolds’s Miscellany, 1846-9: Advertising Networks and Politics”, G.W.M. Reynolds and Nineteenth-Century British Society: Politics, Fiction, and the Press, edited by Anne Humpherys and Louis James, Ashgate, 2008: 53-74.
Associate Editor and contributor of 70+ entries: 2008 Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism in Great-Britain and Ireland, London: British Library and Academia Press. ISBN: 978 0 7123 5039 6