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, now available from the publisher as an e-book), Paul Scott (Writers and Their Works series, Northcote House/British Council, 1999), Literary Surrey (John Owen Smith, 2005, updated 2011), George Meredith (Writers and Their Works series, Northcote House/British Council, 2012) and numerous articles in a wide range of scholarly publications. Among these are The Burney Newsletter, College English, The Dickens Magazine, English, English Studies, The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, The London Magazine, The Times Literary Supplement and The Victorian Newsletter. Her most recent articles are "The Philanthropists" in The Dickens Magazine (October 2014); "The Conduct of Life" in Walter Besant's The Ivory Gate and The Alabaster Box" in English Studies (December 2014), and "Send in the Clowns" (a review article on the history of pantomime and circus) in The Times Literary Supplement (also December 2014).

As well as reviewing for English Studies and The Times Literary Supplement, she has also contributed both fiction and non-fiction to a variety of newspapers and magazines such as The Anglo-Welsh Review, Poetry Wales, This England (mostly in the Literary Landscapes slot), The Weekly Telegraph and Aquila (for the younger age group). Recent examples include "Pliny the Younger: A Life in Letters" (Aquila, September 2014), and "Whatever Next? How the Victorians Imagined — and Shaped — the Future" (Aquila, January 2015). She has been contributing to the Victorian Web for over 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 (Atlantic Publishing, 2012). 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 jackie@victorianweb.org

Last modified 11 January 2015