Dr Louisa Yates

Visiting Lecturer


BA (Hons) (Liverpool), MA English (Cardiff), PhD (Chester)


As well as her role as Visiting Lecturer at the University of Chester, Louisa is Director of Collections and Research at Gladstone’s Library. She was previously an Associate Tutor at Edge Hill University. Louisa completed her PhD on the relationship between neo-Victorian fiction and critical theories in 2011 at the University of Chester, where she was a Gladstone Fellow. She is currently involved in the Victorian Lives and Letters Consortium – a collaboration between U.S. universities and U.K institutions that seeks to make the papers of Victorian figures accessible to the public – and the Gladstone Centre for Victorian Studies (in collaboration with the University of Liverpool). Louisa’s research interests cover the novel since 1860, women’s writing, critical theory and the figure of the child in neo-Victorian fiction.


Since 2008, Louisa has taught or lectured on the following undergraduate modules at the University of Chester:

‘Approaches to Literature’, ‘Studying Literature’, ‘Criticism and Theory’, ‘The Gothic’, ‘Research Methods’, ‘Language and Gender’.

Louisa has also delivered seminars on the following postgraduate modules:

‘Online Resources’, ‘The Sensational Nineteenth Century’ (MA Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture); ‘Online Resources’, ‘Novel Histories: Past, Present, Future’ (MA Creative and Critical Writing).


Louisa is currently working on a book-length project on relationship between the novels of Sarah Waters and contemporary queer theory and an article that links Waters’s representations of female desire with the protest march SlutWalk. She is involved in the organisation of a number of study days – in collaboration with a number of U. S. universities – and conferences that will explore the material presence of the nineteenth century in a contemporary age that seeks to digitise more and more items.

Louisa has given lectures on a range of subjects, including LGBT representation in fiction, women’s writing, the child in the neo-Victorian family, the novels of Sarah Waters and the significance of W.E. Gladstone as a ‘touchstone’ of Victorian historiography. Her most recent talk, for the School of Thought, suggested that the ‘bonkbuster’ novels of Jilly Cooper are more literary than popularly supposed…

Louisa has organised a number of international conferences, including Victorian Literature: The Canon and Beyond (2007), The Other Nineteenth Century (2009), Queer Manifestations: Literature, History, Theory, Culture (2010), and most recently, On Liberties: Victorian Liberals and their Legacy (Gladstone’s Library, 2013).

Published work

Louisa has published articles and book chapters on neo-Victorian fiction and the figure of the child in the neo-Victorian family, and reviews in the journals Contemporary Women’s Writing and Flash: the International Short-Short Story Magazine. She is a regular contributor to online resources, particularly those that are public access with the aim of widening understanding on critical theory. She is a major editor of Gladstone’s Library’s re:defining liberalism blog, as well as sharing her personal research on the blog Neo-Victorian Thoughts.


  • ‘Feminisms’ and ‘Queer Theory’, The Virtual Theorist, ed. Serena Trowbridge (Aug. 2013)
  • ‘Review: My Mother Was an Upright Piano by Tania Hershman’, Flash: The International Short Story Magazine (5: 2, Oct. 2012)
  • ‘Review: Damn Sure Right by Meg Pokrass’, Flash: The International Short Story Magazine (5:1, Apr. 2012), pp. 136-7
  • ‘The Figure of the Child in Queer Neo-Victorian Families’, in Neo-Victorian Families: Gender, Sexual and Cultural Politics, ed. Marie-Luise Kohlke and Christian Gutleben (Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2011), pp. 93-117
  • ‘“But it’s only a novel, Dorian’: Neo-Victorian Fiction and the Process of Re-Vision’, Neo-Victorian Studies, 2.2 (Winter 2009/2010), 186-211
  • ‘Sarah Waters’, The Literary Encyclopaedia, ed. Robert Clark, (Jan. 2008)