Research Profile

Joanna Hofer-Robinson

Biography

Joanna Hofer-Robinson is a lecturer in nineteenth-century literature at University College Cork. Her recent publications include the monograph Dickens and Demolition (Edinburgh UP, 2018), and Sensation Drama, 1860—1880: An Anthology (Edinburgh UP, 2019; co-edited with Dr Beth Palmer (Surrey)).

From 2015 on, she has been project lead for a practice-led research project, which has staged two rarely-performed plays by Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins. She has also published articles on various aspects of nineteenth-century drama and Dickens studies in journals and a forthcoming collection.

Research Interests

Charles Dickens, nineteenth-century theatre, urban and maritime-urban environments, literary afterlives, adaptation and remediation, Practice as Research.

Publications

Books

 YearPublication
(2018)Dickens and Demolition: Literary Afterlives and Mid-Nineteenth Century Urban Development.
Joanna Hofer-Robinson (2018) Dickens and Demolition: Literary Afterlives and Mid-Nineteenth Century Urban Development. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. [Details]

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2019)'‘“Once upon a time would not prove to be All-time or even a long time.” Timely and Timeless Dickensian Afterlives and London’s Urban Development’'
Joanna Hofer-Robinson (2019) '‘“Once upon a time would not prove to be All-time or even a long time.” Timely and Timeless Dickensian Afterlives and London’s Urban Development’' In: Dickens After Dickens. Leeds, Sheffield and York: White Rose University Press. [Details]

Edited Books

 YearPublication
(2019)Sensation Drama, 1860-1880: An Anthology
Joanna Hofer-Robinson and Beth Palmer (Ed.). (2019) Sensation Drama, 1860-1880: An Anthology Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2019)'‘Staging The Frozen Deep as Practice-led Research: “Illusion can only be perfected through the feelings.”’'
Joanna Hofer-Robinson (2019) '‘Staging The Frozen Deep as Practice-led Research: “Illusion can only be perfected through the feelings.”’'. Dickens Quarterly, [Details]
(2018)'‘“kaleidoscopes of changing pictures”: Representing Nations in Toy Theatres’'
Joanna Hofer-Robinson (2018) '‘“kaleidoscopes of changing pictures”: Representing Nations in Toy Theatres’'. Journal of Victorian Culture, 23 (1):4-63 [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2017)'Is He a Dramatist? Or, Something Singular! Staging Dickensian Drama as Practice-Led Research'
Robinson, Joanna; Cox Jensen, Oskar; Whipday, Emma (2017) 'Is He a Dramatist? Or, Something Singular! Staging Dickensian Drama as Practice-Led Research'. Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film, 43 (2):160-182   [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2018)'‘“Twin sisters”: Intermediality and Sensation in Wilkie Collins’s The New Magdalen’'
Beth Palmer and Joanna Hofer-Robinson (2018) '‘“Twin sisters”: Intermediality and Sensation in Wilkie Collins’s The New Magdalen’'. Nineteenth-Century Contexts, [Details]
(2014)'‘Digitalizing Dickens: Adapting Dickens for the Bicentenary’'
Joanna Robinson (2014) '‘Digitalizing Dickens: Adapting Dickens for the Bicentenary’'. Dickens Quarterly, [Full Text] [Details]

Audiovisual material

 YearPublication
(2011)Dickens: Dark London App.
Museum of London (2011) Dickens: Dark London App. Audiovisual material [Details]

Articles

 YearPublication
(2019)'Dickens' impact in our culture is felt most strongly when we barely see him at all'.
Joanna Hofer-Robinson (2019) 'Dickens' impact in our culture is felt most strongly when we barely see him at all'. Articles   [Details]
(2019)A 19th century play with modern overtones.
Joanna Hofer-Robinson (2019) A 19th century play with modern overtones. Articles   [Details]
(2017)'Reinventing Dickens for Christmas'.
Joanna Robinson (2017) 'Reinventing Dickens for Christmas'. Articles   [Details]
(2019)'The Art of Acting Naturally'.
Joanna Hofer-Robinson (2019) 'The Art of Acting Naturally'. Articles   [Details]

Blog

 YearPublication
(2015)‘Month 9: “Say something plain.” Speech and Suppression in the January Number’, Dickens Our Mutual Friend Online Reading Project.
Joanna Robinson (2015) ‘Month 9: “Say something plain.” Speech and Suppression in the January Number’, Dickens Our Mutual Friend Online Reading Project. Blog [Details]
(2012)Dickens and London, Museum of London Website.
Joanna Robinson (2012) Dickens and London, Museum of London Website. Blog [Details]

Book Reviews

 YearPublication
(2018)Review of Emily Steinlight. Populating the Novel: Literary Form and the Politics of Surplus Life. Ithaca and London: Cornell UP, 2018. Pp. xi + 278. $55.
Joanna Hofer-Robinson (2018) Review of Emily Steinlight. Populating the Novel: Literary Form and the Politics of Surplus Life. Ithaca and London: Cornell UP, 2018. Pp. xi + 278. $55. Book Reviews [Details]
(2014)‘Review of Charles Dickens and the Mid-Victorian Press, 1850–1870, ed. by Hazel Mackenzie and Ben Winyard’.
Joanna Robinson (2014) ‘Review of Charles Dickens and the Mid-Victorian Press, 1850–1870, ed. by Hazel Mackenzie and Ben Winyard’. Book Reviews [Details]

Film or Broadcasts

 YearPublication
(2015)‘Is She His Wife? or, Something Singular! A Dickensian Drama’.
Joanna Robinson, Emma Whipday and Oskar Cox Jensen (2015) ‘Is She His Wife? or, Something Singular! A Dickensian Drama’. Film or Broadcasts [Details]

Presentation

 YearPublication
(2016)Podcast of the Dockland Encounters Symposium.
Joanna Robinson, et al (2016) Podcast of the Dockland Encounters Symposium. Presentation [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2011AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Studentship AHRC
2015Small Grants Competition King's College London
2017UCD SEED Funding Scheme UCD
2014Small Grants Competition King's College London
2015British Association of Victorian Studies (BAVS) Event Grant British Association of Victorian Studies
2019College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences Event Funding UCC
2013Huntington Library Research Fellowship AHRC International Placement Scheme
2016Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship Irish Research Council

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
British Association of Victorian Studies Member/
The National Association of English Studies, Ireland Member/
Irish Network for Nineteenth-Century Studies Founder/
The Higher Education Academy Associate Fellow/
North American Victorian Studies Association Member/

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Library English Department Representative/
Curriculum Review Committee Member/
Postgraduate Liaison Postgraduate Liaison Officer/
First Year Committee Member/

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
King’s College London Graduate Teaching Assistant and Guest Lecturer01-JAN-13 / 31-MAY-16
University College Dublin Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow01-OCT-16 / 31-JUL-17
The University of Surrey Research Assistant24-JAN-16 / 30-SEP-16

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2014King's College London Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice in Higher EducationTeaching Qualification
2019UCC Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning in Higher EducationTeaching Qualification
2009The University of Southampton BAEnglish Literature
2016King's College London PhD'Charles Dickens and Creative Destruction'
2011King's College London MAEnglish: 1850 – the present

Outreach Activities

 Description

The research project ‘Dickensian Drama’ aims to engage members of the public as well as to explore the benefits of practice-led research methods for the study of nineteenth-century drama. So far, we have staged two rarely-performed plays to academics and interested members of the public. Our first production of Is She His Wife? Or, Something Singular! was filmed, and the video has now been viewed on YouTube over 600 times.

‘Reinventing Dickens for Christmas’ (Dec. 2017) ‘How to Act Naturally’ (Feb. 2019) ‘Commemorating and Reimagining Dickens’ (Jun. 2019).

I wrote captions and edited text for the Museum of London’s app Dickens: Dark London (2011), and kept a regular Dickens and London blog during their Dickens exhibition in 2012.

I have given several talks to different branches of the Dickens Fellowship, and at King’s College London and the Museum of London during the 2012 bicentenary of Dickens’s birth.

Other Activities

 Description

Project Lead: Dickensian Drama

The Frozen Deep (2016)
·         Directed selected scenes from Dickens’s and Wilkie Collins’s play The Frozen Deep (1857) for an academic conference (Dickens Day 2016)
·         Built on previous experience of practice-led research to experiment with nineteenth-century performance techniques (melodramatic gesture, realisation)
·         Attracted volunteer actors and academic collaborators

Is She His Wife? or, Something Singular!
(2015)
·         Initiated a collaborative project between the Charles Dickens Museum and cross-disciplinary colleagues at KCL
·         Explored a practice-led research methodology to test what effect historically-informed staging and performance techniques had on audience reactions to a production of Charles Dickens’s burletta Is She His Wife? (1837)
·         Wrote two successful funding bids and secured three additional sources of funding
·         Play producer; designed and built the set

Outputs include:
-          A film of the production, as a tool for teaching (hosted on YouTube, viewed over 600 times)
-          Co-authored journal article
-          Conference papers (Dickens Day 2015 (plenary panel), Society for Theatre Research 2016)
-          Public talks (Dickens Fellowship)

Founder: The Irish Network for Nineteenth-Century Studies (INNS)

Before this project began, there was no interdisciplinary research network for scholars in Ireland who research the nineteenth century across a variety of geographical and cultural contexts. INNS addresses this gap by fostering communication between researchers, offering fora for the presentation of new work, and exploring avenues to develop future collaborative activities. These aims are effected by:  

  • Bidding for institutional and national funding to ensure the sustainability of the network (Irish Research Council New Foundations Award);
  • Networking with colleagues across Ireland to build and maintain a mailing list, organising events (at UCC Apr. 2019 and at NUIG in Dec. 2019), and recruiting representatives from other HEIs.

Editorial Assistant: Victoriographies (2015 - 17)

Symposium Organiser:
  • ‘Maritime Spaces, Shows, and the Nineteenth-Century City’ (2019), UCC.
  • Dockland Encounters (2017), National Maritime Museum of Ireland
  • Dickensian Drama (2015), Charles Dickens Museum
  • Inventing Urban Modernity: Building the Present by Constructing the Past (2014), King's College London

Reading Group Convenor: 

  • Great Expectations Serial Readalong’ (2018): engaging with digital reading project (UCC).  
  • ‘Confused-cius’ (Jan. 2017 – May 2017): a fortnightly critical theory reading group (UCD).
  • ‘Different Dickens’ (Jan. 2015 – Sep. 2015): a monthly reading group to read and analyse Charles Dickens’s lesser-known work. Collaboration between KCL and Birkbeck.
  • ‘City-Centric’ (June 2012 – June 2014): a monthly interdisciplinary urban studies reading group. 

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

Nineteenth-century literature and theatre

Research Information

External Collaborators

 NameOrganisation / InstituteCountry
Dr Beth Palmer The University of SurreyUNITED KINGDOM
Dr Oskar Cox Jensen Queen Mary University of LondonUNITED KINGDOM
Dr Emma Whipday University College LondonUNITED KINGDOM

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