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Research interests

Dr Victoria Margree is a specialist in literature of 19th and early 20th centuries, and in women's writing and feminist theory. She has published a book on the second wave feminist theorist, Shulamith Firestone; and co-edited an essay collection on fin de siecle popular fiction author, Richard Marsh. She is also co-founder of the Short Story Network, a network for researchers of the short story of the long 19th century.

She is currently completing a monograph entitled 'British Women's Short Supernatural Fiction, 1860-1930: Our Own Ghostliness'. This explores how the ghost story functioned as a public forum for negotiating women's experiences in rapidly changing social conditions, looking at stories by Margaret Oliphant, Charlotte Riddell, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Edith Nesbit, Alice Perrin, Eleanor Scott and Violet Hunt.

Supervisory Interests

She is particularly interested in supervising research projects in the areas of Victorian and Edwardian fiction, Gothic and supernatural fiction, women's writing, the short story, and feminist thought.

Scholarly biography

Dr Margree completed a BA Honours degree in Philosophy and Literature at the University of Sussex in 1995, and went on to take a Master’s Degree in English Literature: Critical Theory at Sussex in 1996. In 1998 she obtained AHRB funding to complete a DPhil in English Literature at Sussex, exploring constructions of ‘madness’ and ‘abnormality’ in the theoretical work of French philosophers Gaston Bachelard and Georges Canguilhem, and in literary fictions by Maurice Blanchot and Bessie Head.

Following the completion of her DPhil in 2002, Margree worked as a Visiting Lecturer for a number of institutions before taking up her full-time post at the University of Brighton in September 2006.

Approach to teaching

Teaching and research as complementary activities underline Dr Margree's approach. Her recent book on Shulamith Firestone was informed by ten years' experience of discussing this thinker with undergraduate students on a course on feminism on the Humanities programme. She also hugely enjoys discussing Victorian Gothic fiction with BA students. She believes in teaching in small group seminars that enable students to articulate their own positions and to learn from one another as well as from academics.


  • PR English literature
  • Popular fiction
  • Victorian literature
  • Edwardian literature
  • Women's writing
  • Ghost stories
  • Gothic fiction
  • Crime fiction
  • B Philosophy (General)
  • Feminism
  • Feminist philosophy
  • critical theory

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Fiction Arts & Humanities
Gothic Arts & Humanities
Popular Fiction Arts & Humanities
Novel Arts & Humanities
Short Fiction Arts & Humanities
Writer Arts & Humanities
Fin De Siècle Arts & Humanities
Ghost Stories Arts & Humanities

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Research Output 2007 2018

Neglected or Misunderstood: The Radical Feminism of Shulamith Firestone

Margree, V., 29 Jun 2018, 168 p. (Neglected or Misunderstood)

Research output: Book/ReportBook - authoredResearch

Radical Feminism

Richard Marsh, popular fiction and literary culture, 1890–1915: Rereading the fin de siècle

Margree, V. (ed.), Orrells, D. (ed.) & Vuohelainen, M. (ed.), Mar 2018, Manchester. 248 p. (Interventions: Rethinking the Nineteenth Century)

Research output: Book/ReportBook - editedResearchpeer-review

Literary Culture
Popular Fiction

Marriage in women's short fiction

Margree, V., 29 Aug 2017, For Better, For Worse: Marriage in Victorian Novels by Women. Lambert, C. & Shaw, M. (eds.). Abingdon, Oxon, p. 175-190 15 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapterResearchpeer-review

Short Fiction
Short Story

Metanarratives of Authorship in Fin de Siecle Popular Fiction: "Is That All You Do, Write Stories?"

Margree, V., 1 Jun 2016, 59, 3, p. 362-389 28 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Fin De Siècle
Popular Fiction

Otherworldly goods: gender, money and property in the ghost stories of Charlotte Riddell

Margree, V., 1 Nov 2014, 16, 2, p. 66-85 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Ghost Stories
Social Critique