Dr Alice Stainer
Lecturer in English Language and Literature
MA (Oxon) MA (Leeds) PhD (Leeds)
Dr Stainer graduated in Classics and English from Oriel College, Oxford and went on to pursue her graduate studies in Victorian literature at the University of Leeds. Her doctoral thesis explored the nexus of relationship between history, tragedy and the novel in the work of Henry James, and she has a continuing interest in Victorian receptions of Classical literature and the nineteenth-century engagement with Classical forms, publishing on Arnold, James, Hardy and Tennyson. Since returning to Oxford, she has taught literature 1760-present day for various Oxford colleges, including a stint as a lecturer at Pembroke, and several American programmes. Her principal specialism is in the novels and poetry of the long nineteenth century, but she also has interests in women’s writing – particularly that of Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Virginia Woolf – children’s literature, detective fiction and contemporary poetry. A widely published poet herself, she also teaches creative writing for SCIO.