Jen Davis

Visiting Lecturer




Jen completed her BA in English and MA in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture at the University of Chester, where she also gained a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in HE.


Modules Jen has taught on at Chester

  • EN5001 Romantic Literature
  • EN5002 Victorian Literature
  • EN5003 Criticism and Theory
  • EN6004 Dissertation
  • EN6022 Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture
  • EN7201 The Canon and Beyond
  • EN7202 Nineteenth-Century Culture



Jen is currently working on her doctoral thesis, which focuses on Coleridgean elements in George Eliot's fiction. Her research interests include: textual engagement in the long nineteenth century; materiality and material culture; gender, feminist and queer theory; hermeneutics and interpretation theory; literary biography; literary tradition and influence theory.

Conference papers:

‘The ghost of ‘Christabel’: haunting allusions in later works’, Friends of Coleridge Study Weekend, Halsway Manor, September 2016.

‘‘Then all the charm is broken’: Coleridgean allusion in George Eliot’, Authorship and Appropriation Conference, University of Dundee, April 2016.

‘Intertext: negotiating the space between Coleridge and Eliot’, English Departmental Postgraduate Research Afternoon, University of Chester, November 2015.

‘George Eliot's Dresses’, Dressing and Undressing the Victorians Conference, Univeristy of Chester, March 2015.

‘‘Witchery by Daylight: ‘Christabel’ and Daniel Deronda’, North West Long Nineteenth Century Seminar Series, Manchester Metropolitan University, November 2014.

‘‘Witchery by Daylight’: ‘Christabel’ Unbound’, joint paper with Dr Sally West, Biennial Coleridge Conference, Cannington College, Somerset, August 2014.

‘The Uses of Silence: Solitude, Society, and Morality in Coleridge and Eliot’, Romantic Lacunae: Silences, Gaps, & Empty Spaces, Queen's University, Belfast, August 2013.

‘‘From Foulness Afar’: The Uncanny Woman in Samuel Taylor Coleridge's ‘Christabel’ and George Eliot's Daniel Deronda’, Faculty of Humanities Postgraduate Symposium, University of Chester, May 2013.