Dr Elizabeth Ludlow

Course Leader, MA English Literature

Senior Lecturer, English Literature

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

School:Humanities and Social Sciences

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Literature

Research Supervision:Yes

Courses taught: English Literature, Philosophy and English Literature, Writing and English Literature, English Literature

Elizabeth is Course Leader for MA English Literature and Director of the Research Unit for Nineteenth Century Studies. She also convenes several BA and MA modules (see 'Teaching') and supervises a number of PhD students.



Before joining Anglia Ruskin, Elizabeth held a six-month Early Career Fellowship in the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of Warwick, a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of British Columbia, and a one-year teaching fellowship at the University of Birmingham.

Elizabeth’s first monograph, Christina Rossetti and the Bible: Waiting with the Saints (Bloomsbury Academic, 2014), unpacks Rossetti’s hermeneutic of piety and contextualises her work in the light of her engagement with ancient, medieval, Early Modern, and nineteenth-century literature. It also provides the first sustained discussion of Rossetti’s contributions to periodicals and devotional anthologies.

Research interests

  • Nineteenth-century literature and the Bible
  • Victorian periodical publication and illustration practices
  • Devotional poetry
  • The Pre-Raphaelites
  • Victorian historical fiction and the Early Church novel
  • Christina Rossetti
  • Elizabeth Gaskell
  • George Eliot
  • The Brontës



  • Victorian Literature and Culture
  • Elizabeth Gaskell and the Brontës


  • Revolution and Reform in the Long Nineteenth Century
  • Research Methods
  • Major Project


  • PhD English Literature, University of Warwick
  • MA Victorian Literature and Culture, University of Reading
  • BA English Literature and Language, University of Reading

Memberships, editorial boards

  • The Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada
  • The British Association of Victorian Studies

Selected recent publications

Christina Rossetti and the Bible: Waiting with the Saints. (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2014).

'Christina Rossetti, the Pre-Raphaelites, and the Tractarians,' The Oxford Handbook of the Oxford Movement, ed. by Jonathan Baker, Peter Nockles and James Pereiro (Oxford University Press, 2017), pp. 427-438.

'Elizabeth Gaskell's early contributions to Household Words: The parabolic and the transformation of communities through "kinder understanding."' Victorian Review 42:1 (2016), 107-125.

Co-authored with Rebecca Styler: 'Elizabeth Gaskell and the Short Story' and 'New Attributions to All the Year Round', The Gaskell Journal 29 (2015), 1-24

'Christina Rossetti's Later Life: A Double Sonnet of Sonnets (1881): Exploring the Fearfulness of Forgiveness,' Special Issue on Nineteenth-Century Poetry and Forgiveness, ed. by Emma Mason, Literature Compass, 11.2 (2014), 84-93.