Jaqueline Banerjee

Jacqueline Banerjee, Associate Editor of the Victorian Web, took her BA (1st Class) and PhD degrees from King's College London, where she was joint winner of the Brewer Prize for English Literature at the end of her first year, and won University of London Finals and Postgraduate Studentships for her graduate studies. After holding lectureships in English literature at the Universities of British Columbia, Canada, and Cape Coast, Ghana, she was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship by the University Grants Commission in India, which she held at the University of Poona. On returning to England she was awarded a Research Fellowship at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge. Both fellowships involved teaching (at Cambridge, supervisions). Subsequently she became a long-term Visiting Lecturer at Kobe College, Japan, and for many years taught in the graduate school of Konan University as well. During her husband's sabbatical in England in 1990-91, she was also an honorary faculty member at her alma mater, King's, giving tutorials and seminars on nineteenth-century literature. Since returning from Japan in 2001, she and her husband have been living in Surrey, UK, near their sons.

Her publications include Through the Northern Gate: Childhood and Growing Up in British Fiction, 1718-1901 (Peter Lang, 1996), Paul Scott (Writers and Their Works series, Northcote House/British Council, 1999), Literary Surrey (John Owen Smith, 2005), George Meredith (Writers and Their Works series, Northcote House/British Council, 2012) and numerous articles in a wide range of journals. Among the journals are College English, English, English Studies, The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, The Times Literary Supplement and The Victorian Newsletter. Articles recently accepted are "The Conduct of Life" in Walter Besant's The Ivory Gate and The Alabaster Box" (to be published in English Studies), and "Authenticism and Post-Authenticism: Wilkie Collins's Armadale and Michael Cox's The Meaning of Night: A Confession" (an expanded and contextualised version of an article previously contributed to this website, to be published in the Wilkie Collins Journal).

A long-time regular reviewer for English Studies, she has also contributed both fiction and non-fiction to a variety of newspapers and magazines such as The Anglo-Welsh Review, Poetry Wales, The London Magazine, This England (mostly in the Literary Landscapes slot), The Weekly Telegraph and Aquila (for the younger age group). Recent examples here include a "English Excursions: Claremont House" in This England (Autumn 2012), and a Victorian Christmas story, "Costume Drama," in Aquila (December 2013). She has been contributing to the Victorian Web for about fifteen years.

Subjects of invited talks at arts centres, literary institutions and festivals include "A Stretch of the Imagination: The Thames in Literature," "Mole Valley's Literary Heritage," "Richard Jefferies: The Surbiton Years," "George Meredith's Talent for Friendship" and "The Hunting of Lewis Carroll and Other Local Authors." She also gave an inaugural lecture, "Perspectives on the Victorian Architecture of Sliema," for a new Heritage Association in Malta. She has contributed to a BBC radio programme on Lewis Carroll, advised programme researchers on such subjects as crime and housing in Victorian England, and provided photographs for a wide range of publications, including an art gallery catalogue and Philip Davies's splendid English Heritage book, London: Hidden Interiors. Since taking early retirement, she has done a good deal of part-time teaching, and some freelance work for the Cambridge University Press.

She is a member of the Society of Authors, the Victorian Society, the Pugin Society, and (like another four million or so people) the National Trust.

Contact Information

Dr. Banerjee can be reached via e-mail at jacqueline.banerjee@gmail.com

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