Dr Koenraad Claes

Lecturer in Romantic-Period Literature

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

School:Humanities and Social Sciences

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Literature

Research Supervision:Yes

Koenraad teaches and researches British long-nineteenth-century literature and print culture, with a particular interest in Romantic literary representations of ideological clashes, Romantic and Victorian periodicals and all strands of late-Victorian Aestheticism.

Twitter: @KoenraadClaes

Email: koenraad.claes@aru.ac.uk


Koenraad joined Anglia Ruskin in January 2020, having previously held teaching and research fellowships at Ghent University (Belgium) and the University of Kent.

His first monograph The Late-Victorian Little Magazine was published by Edinburgh University Press in August 2018. He is currently working on a proposal for his second book, which will study correlations between narrative form and conservative ideology in the latter’s formative period from the French Revolution to the Second Reform Act.

He serves as the Managing Editor for the open-access journal Authorship and as Biographies Acquisitions Editor for the scholarly resource Yellow Nineties 2.0.

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • Dutch
  • French

Research interests

  • Romantic-period literature
  • Victorian literature
  • Revolutions and counter-revolutions
  • Periodical history
  • Victorian avant-garde (yes - there is such a thing) art and literature

Selected recent publications


Claes, K., 2018. The Late-Victorian Little Magazine. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Refereed journal articles

Claes, K., 2017. '"Due Encouragement”: The Consecration of Female Authorship through Contributions and Extracts in the First Series of the Lady's Magazine (1770-1819)'. Victorian Periodicals Review 50.2. pp. 319-335.

Claes, K., 2012. '"What to naturalists is known as a Symbiosis": Literature, community and nature in the Evergreen'. Scottish Literary Review 4.1. pp. 111-130.

Claes, K., 2010. 'Supplements and Paratext: the rhetoric of space'. Victorian Periodicals Review 43.2. pp. 196-210.

Claes, K. & Marysa Demoor, 2010. 'The Little Magazines of the 1890s: Towards a Total Work of Art'. English Studies 91.2. pp. 133-149.

Book chapters and peer-reviewed web resources

Claes, K., 2019. 'Parade's End and the Modernist Legacy of Nineteenth-Century Literary Toryism'. Literary and Cultural Alternatives to Modernism: Unsettling Presences. Eds Kostas Boyiopoulos, Anthony Patterson and Mark Sandy. London: Routledge.

Claes, K., 2018. 'Henry & Co.'. 'Biographies'. Yellow Nineties 2.0. Eds Dennis Denisoff and Lorraine Janzen Kooistra.

Claes, K., 2018. 'Vindications and Reflections: the French Revolution viewed from the Lady's Magazine'. Edinburgh Companion to the History of Women and Print Media, 1690s–1820. Eds Jennie Batchelor and Manushag Powell. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Claes, K., 2013. 'Serviceable Friends: two supplements to Household Words'. Charles Dickens and the Mid-Victorian Press. Eds Hazel Mackenzie and Ben Winyard. Buckingham: University of Buckingham Press.

Claes, K., 2009. 'Dial'; 'Pageant'; 'Parade'; 'Ricketts, Charles de Sousy'; 'Savoy'; 'Shannon, Charles Haslewood'; 'Smithers, Leonard Charles'; 'White, Joseph William Gleeson'. Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism. Eds Laurel Brake and Marysa Demoor. London: British Library.

Recent presentations and conferences

'A Regionalist International? - Flemish poetry in Scotland, 1890-present'. Biennial conference of the World Congress of Scottish Literatures, 'Transnationalism and Minor Cultures'. Charles University of Prague, June 2020.

'The Lady's Magazine and the Politicisation of Female Readers' Conference. 'The Lady's Magazine at 250'. University of Kent, April 2020.

'"To wait the course of Events": Walter Scott and Counter-Revolutionary Narrative' Conference 'Literature and Event'. University of Warwick, February 2020.

'Beautiful Truth & Truthful Beauty: Keatsian mimesis and materiality in late-Victorian aesthetics'. Conference 'Late Romanticism: Past and Present'. University of Leuven, December 2019.

''Understanding the early avant-garde through late-Victorian little magazines'. Invited talk. London Nineteenth Century Studies Seminar, King's College London. 5 December 2019.

'From Thesis to...?: Publishing your PhD'. Invited talk, together with Dr Michael Shaw (Stirling). Annual conference of the British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS), 'Victorian Renewals'. University of Dundee, August 2019.

'The Off-Modernity of Young England: Nostalgic renewal in the poetry of Lord John Manners and Alexander Baillie-Cochrane'. Annual conference of the British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS), 'Victorian Renewals'. University of Dundee, August 2019.

'Great Characters: Frankenstein'. Adult education lectures 'Great Characters', Dept. of Literary Studies, Ghent University, May 2019.

'Late-Victorian Little Magazines and the Invention of the Avant-garde'. Invited talk. Nineteenth-Century Centre, University of Birmingham, November 2018.

'Revolving historical patterns in the political poetry of Young England'. Annual conference of the British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS), 'Victorian Patterns'. University of Exeter, August 2018.

'The Patriot Novelist: the Pragmatic Toryism behind the Agonistic Plots of Walter Scott'. Eleventh International Scott Conference, 'Alliance, Antagonism, Authorship'. Université Paris-Sorbonne, July 2018.

'"A Reassuring Picture"?: The French Revolution in the Lady's Magazine and the Lady's Monthly Museum'. Biennial conference of the British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS), 'Romantic Improvement'. York University, July 2017.

'The (Century Guild) Hobby Horse: Selling the Fin-de-Siècle Avant-Garde'. Supernumerary conference of the North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA), New York University / Purdue University - Florence campus, May 2016.

'"Weary is the knight who is her thrall": The Anachronistic Quest of the Birmingham Guild of Handicraft (1894-1896)'. Annual conference of the European Society for the Study of English (ESSE). National University of Ireland - Galway, August 2016.

'The Lady's Magazine in print and in digitization'. Conference 'Victorian Periodicals Under Glass'. Athenaeum Club - London, July 2016.

'Authorship in the Lady's Magazine'. Annual conference of the European Society for Periodical Research (ESPRit), 'Periodical Counter Cultures'. Liverpool John Moores University, July 2016.

'Poetics of Appropriation: re-occasioned occasional verse in the Lady's Magazine' Conference 'Authorship and Appropriation'. University of Dundee, April 2016.

'The Lady's Magazine: Understanding the Emergence of a Genre' Invited talk. Norwegian University of Science and Technology - Trondheim, October 2015.

'"So particularly involved": A Prosopographical Sketch of a Controversy in the Lady's Magazine'. Biennial conference of the British Association for Romanticism Studies (BARS), 'Romantic Imprints'. Cardiff University, July 2015.

'A Window on the World: the phenomenon of the Lady's Magazine (1770-1818)'. Invited talk, together with Dr Jennie Batchelor (University of Kent) and Dr Jenny DiPlacidi (University of Kent). Chawton House Library - Chawton, May 2015.

'"A Reflection of the Things Around Him": The Reception of James Hogg and other Scottish Authors in the Lady's Magazine'. Conference 'James Hogg and His World'. University of Toronto, April 2015.

'Conserving Victorian conservatism: Parade's End within and outside the tradition of literary Toryism'. Annual conference of the British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS), 'Victorian Sustainability'. University of Kent - Canterbury, September 2014.

'"Don't you see how symbolical it was?" - Parade's End within and outside the tradition of literary Toryism'. Conference 'Maverick Voices and Modernity, 1890 - 1939'. Durham University, July 2013.

'Ford Madox Ford and Parade's End: introduction to the author and the novel'. Invited talk, together with Dr Birgit Van Puymbroeck (UGent). Official Belgian launch of the television adaptation and first Dutch translation. Nieuwpoort, March 2013.

'Aestheticizing advertising: the Hobby Horse after the Century Guild'. Annual conference of the European Society for Periodical Research (ESPRit), 'The Magazine as Medium'. Ghent University, October 2012.

'Serviceable Friends: Two Supplements to Household Words'. Conference 'Charles Dickens and the Mid-Victorian Press'. University of Buckingham, March 2012.

'Avant-garde artist, amateur and salesman: Edward Gordon Craig and the Page'. Annual conference of the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, 'Work and Leisure'. Canterbury Christ Church University, July 2011.

'"What to naturalists is known as a Symbiosis": the conceptual and material unity of the Evergreen'. Annual conference of the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, 'The Material Cultures of Periodicals'. Yale University - New Haven, September 2010.

'Revival(s) of Modern Printing: Exclusive socialists and the accessible elite' Conference 'British Aestheticisms'. Université Paul Valéry - Montpellier, October 2009.

'The Periodical Supplement in Theory and Practice' Annual conference of the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, 'Characters of the Press'. Roehampton University - London, July 2008.

Media experience

24 May 2019, appearance on Radio 1 (Flanders), De Wereld van Sofie: Themed episode on the bicentenary of Queen Victoria. Discussion of Jacob Rees-Mogg’s The Victorians: Twelve Titans who Forged Britain (2019).

March 2013, together with Dr Birgit Van Puymbroeck (Ghent University): academic introduction at the official Belgian launch of the BBC television adaptation and of the first Dutch translation of Ford Madox Ford’s Parade’s End.