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Alice Rowe


Position: Postgraduate Researcher Email:
Area: English Literature

PhD Research

My thesis explores the portrayal of addiction in nineteenth- century culture. Encompassing serialised fiction, popular journalism, illustrations and images, as well as specialised medical articles, my research considers the cultural and scientific values associated with the use and abuse of substances such as opium, alcohol and cocaine. As both a sensationalised literary figure and an increasingly problematical medical case study, the addict articulates fundamental social concerns surrounding the human body and scientific advancement.

Supervisor: Anthony Mandal

Academic Background

MA History of Art – University of Bristol - 2011
MA English Literature – Cardiff University - 2010
BA English Literature – Cardiff University - 2008

Conferences, Symposia and Seminars

‘Preying on the Public Stomach: Advertising and Consuming Medicine in the Victorian Periodical Press’ – Victorian Popular Fiction Association Conference, 11th – 12th July 2012

‘A Very Wicked Habit: Addiction in the serialised fiction of L. T. Meade’ – Transgression, Trespassing and Taboos in the Long Nineteenth-Century, 10th April 2013, Cardiff University

‘A Disorder of the Will: Addiction and its Treatments in Nineteenth-Century Periodicals’ – British Society for Literature and Science Annual Conference, 11th – 13th April 2013

‘Science and Literature: A Battle of the Books?’ Half Day Conference, 23rd April 2013, University of Bristol

‘The Body of the Addict in Nineteenth-Century Periodical Culture’ – Victorian Popular Fiction Association Conference, 10th – 11th July 2013


Postgraduate Tutor for undergraduate English Literature.