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I studied for a BA (Hons) in English at the University of Lancaster (1st class), followed by an MA in Critical Theory and DPhil in English Literature at the University of Sussex. My doctoral thesis, supervised by Professor Geoffrey Bennington, is entitled ‘Bordering the Aesthetic: Oscar Wilde and the discourses of literary modernity'.


Between 1996 and 2003 I taught at the Universities of Sussex, Chichester and Winchester, joining the University of Huddersfield in 2003. I have been Head of English and Creative Writing since 2005. I have been a member of the external validation panels for undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses at the University of Worcester, University of Central Lancashire and York St John University. I was external examiner for BA (Hons) English and BA (Hons) English with American Literature at the University of Winchester from 2015-17. In 2017 I was external examiner at the University of Portsmouth for a PhD on Arthur Conan Doyle, Fandom and the Strand Magazine.

Research Expertise and Interests

My research expertise is primarily in Victorian and Edwardian literature, with significant interests also in critical and cultural theory. My current research projects include work on Emily Brontë, Robert Louis Stevenson's travel narratives, and a monograph on Arthur Conan Doyle and the History of Deception.


Research Degree Supervision

I have supervised postgraduate research on Edmund Yates and Victorian Sensation Fiction, Sadomasochism in the gothic fiction of Richard Marsh, Women and the Victorian Ghost Story, and Science and Gender in the writings of Charlotte Haldane. I have also co-supervised a number of Creative Writing PhDs and MAs by Research.



  • Victorian Literature
  • Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Gothic
  • Detective fiction
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • Masculinities
  • Walter Benjamin
  • Erskine Childers
  • Imperial Romance
  • Rider Haggard
  • Oscar Wilde
  • Hoax
  • Literature
  • English Literature
  • Chesterton
  • Edwardian fiction
  • Victorian fiction
  • Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Popular Fiction
  • Spy Thriller
  • material culture
  • thing theory
  • Actor-Network Theory
  • Frankfurt School
  • Deconstruction
  • Gender
  • Spiritualism
  • magic
  • Bronte
  • Scientific Romance
  • Ghost story

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masculinity Social Sciences
materialism Social Sciences
imperialism Social Sciences
habitat Social Sciences
museum Social Sciences
genre Social Sciences
artifact Social Sciences
ideology Social Sciences

Research Output 2000 2016

  • 5 Article
  • 2 Chapter
  • 2 Book/Film/Article review
  • 1 Editorial

Healing Victorian Masculinities

Burrow, M. 2016 In : Papers on Language and Literature. 52, 2, p. 198-206 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

‘The Future of our Delicate Network of Empire’: The Riddle of the Sands and the Birth of the British Spy Thriller

Burrow, M. 23 Nov 2016 New Directions in Popular Fiction. Gelder, K. (ed.). Palgrave Macmillan UK, p. 111-133 23 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Queer Clubs and Queer Trades: G. K. Chesterton, Homosociality and the City

Burrow, M. 31 Jul 2014 G.K. Chesterton, London and Modernity. Beaumont, M. & Ingleby, M. (eds.). London: Bloomsbury Academic, p. 113-134 21 p. (Bloomsbury Studies in the City)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Book review: The Filth and the Purity: Policing Dirt in Late-Victorian Detective Fiction

Burrow, M. 17 Dec 2013 In : Journal of Victorian Culture. 18, 4, p. 562-564

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Open Access
1 Citations

Conan Doyle's gothic materialism

Burrow, M. 1 Jul 2013 In : Nineteenth-Century Contexts. 35, 3, p. 309-323 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Arthur Conan Doyle