Dr Clare Broome Saunders

Clare Broome Saunders works mainly on nineteenth-century poetry, especially women writers whose work spans the boundaries of Romanticism and Victorianism, such as Felicia Hemans, Letitia Landon, and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Her other interests include nineteenth-century medievalism: her recent book, Women Writers and Nineteenth-Century Medievalism, considers the ways in which women poets, biographers, and historians used medieval motifs and settings to facilitate comment on socio-political issues. She is contributing a chapter on women writers to the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Victorian Medievalism.

Dr Broome Saunders's most recent publication is a critical study of Louisa Stuart Costello (1799-1870), who worked as poet, travel-writer, translator, medievalist, historian, novelist, and visual artist. She is currently working on an anthology of women's medievalist texts from the long nineteenth century, and a book that explores political medievalism.

Literature in English, 1760-1830; Literature in English, 1830-1910; Literature in English, 1910-present; Prelims Paper 1: Introduction to Language and Literature; and a range of special options in the long-nineteenth century.

MSt. dissertation superviser for a range of topics in nineteenth-century medievalism.

Clare is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is Director of Studies for Visiting Students at Blackfriars Hall, and is co-founder of 'Travel Cultures: An Oxford Interdisciplinary Seminar Series'.

Recent Conference Papers

'Victoria, Alfred, and Arthur: medievalism and empire in nineteenth-century culture', IMC, University of Leeds, 8 July 2014.

'Navigating the Market: Louisa Stuart Costello and travel writing as a profession', Navigating Networks: Women, Travel, and Female Communities, Wolfson College, Oxford, 4 October 2013.

'"Though females are forbidden to interfere in politics": Barbauld’s legacy for the woman poet, from the Napoleonic Wars to the Crimea', Anna Letitia Barbauld in 2012: New Perspectives, Chawton House Library, 11-12 May 2012.

'"Lady Traveller" or "Learned Female": Louisa Stuart Costello and the "individual" traveller in the 1840s', Travel in the Nineteenth Century: Narratives, Histories and Collections, University of Lincoln, 13-15 July 2011.

Wolfson College website


  • '"I Have Read the Lady's Magazine": The Materialities of Charlotte Bronte's Medievalism'

  • Women, Travel Writing, and Truth

  • Louisa Stuart Costello A Nineteenth-Century Writing Life

  • Women Writers and Nineteenth-Century Medievalism

  • Women Writers and Nineteenth-Century Medievalism

  • More
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