Dr Richard Pearson

B.A., M.A., Ph.D

Contact Details

Permanent Full-Time Lecturer A
English
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English
School of Humanities
NUI Galway
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T: +353 91 495613
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Lecturer
English
School of Humanities
NUI Galway

T: Ext. 5613
E: richard.pearson@nuigalway.ie
 
researcher

Biography

Appointed Professor of Victorian Literature in the UK in 2007. Graduate of UK Newcastle (BA), Nottingham (MA) and Manchester (PhD) universities. Researcher, compiler and editor for the Index of English Literary Manuscripts, based in the British Library. L/SL/Pl lecturer in Literary Studies at the University of Worcester, UK; Head of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Worcester (2002-08). Full-time fixed-term contract lecturer at NUI Galway (2008-13). Permanent Lecturer A at NUI Galway from 2013.

Research Interests

Nineteenth-century literature, particularly fiction and drama. 19C serial fiction, the publishing industry, and the periodical press. Victorian drama, particularly playwrighting and publishing. Archaeology, anthropology, ethnography and its representation in 19C fiction and drama. Figures of specialist interest: W.M. Thackeray, Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, William Morris.

Director of The Victorian Plays Project, an online archive of 19C plays from 'Lacy's Acting Edition'

Director of Wilkie Collins' Plays: A Digital Archive, an online edition of the play manuscripts, prompt copies, and privately printed plays of 19C author Wilkie Collins 

Currently working on the first study of the plays and journalism of a mid-nineteenth-century Irish writer, Joseph Stirling Coyne, one of the founders of Punch magazine and one of the most popular and successful writers of mid-Victorian farces.

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2015) ''Personal and National Trauma in H. Rider Haggard's Montezuma's Daughter''
Pearson, Richard (2015) ''Personal and National Trauma in H. Rider Haggard's Montezuma's Daughter''. English Literature In Transition 1880-1920, 58 (1):1-23 [Details]
(2008) ''Etexts and Archives''
Pearson, R.G. (2008) ''Etexts and Archives''. Journal Of Victorian Culture, 13 (1):88-93 [Details]
(2007) 'Primitive Modernity: H.G. Wells and the Prehistoric Man of the 1890s'
Peason, R.G. (2007) 'Primitive Modernity: H.G. Wells and the Prehistoric Man of the 1890s'. Irish Writing Since 1950, Yearbook Of English Studies, 37 (1):58-74 [Details]
(2004) 'George Gissing and the Ethnographer's I: Civilisation in The Nether World and Eve's Ransom'
Pearson, R.G. (2004) 'George Gissing and the Ethnographer's I: Civilisation in The Nether World and Eve's Ransom'. Critical Survey, 16 (1):35-51 [Details]
(1993) ''W.M. Thackeray: An Unpublished Letter for the Constitutional''
Pearson, R.G. (1993) ''W.M. Thackeray: An Unpublished Letter for the Constitutional''. Notes And Queries, 40 (4):474-477 [Details]
(1991) ''Silence and Pity: An Unpublished Poem''
Pearson, R.G. (1991) ''Silence and Pity: An Unpublished Poem''. Journal of William Morris Studies, 9 (2):12-15 [Details]
(1991) ''The Novel on Blue Paper: Unpublished Fragments''
Pearson, R.G. (1991) ''The Novel on Blue Paper: Unpublished Fragments''. Journal of William Morris Studies, 9 (3):xix-xx [Details]

Books

  Year Publication
(2015) Victorian Writers and the Stage: The Plays of Dickens, Browning, Collins, and Tennyson.
Pearson, R.G. (2015) Victorian Writers and the Stage: The Plays of Dickens, Browning, Collins, and Tennyson. London: Palgrave Macmillan. [Details]
(2012) The Plays of Wilkie Collins: A Digital Archive.
Pearson, Richard (2012) The Plays of Wilkie Collins: A Digital Archive. www: www.wilkiecollinsplays.net. [Details]
(2007) Lacy's Acting Edition of Victorian Plays: A Database.
Pearson, Richard (2007) Lacy's Acting Edition of Victorian Plays: A Database. www: victorian.nuigalway.ie. [Details]
(2000) W.M. Thackeray and the Mediated Text: Writing for periodicals in the mid-nineteenth century.
Pearson, R.G. (2000) W.M. Thackeray and the Mediated Text: Writing for periodicals in the mid-nineteenth century. Aldershot, Burlington U.S.A., Singapore, Sydney: Ashgate. [Details]
(1993) The Index of English Literary Manuscripts (1800-1900), Part 3: Landor to Patmore.
Pearson, R.G., and B. Rosenbaum (1993) The Index of English Literary Manuscripts (1800-1900), Part 3: Landor to Patmore. London: Mansell. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2016) '’“Fac simile!”: Thackeray’s simulations of eighteenth-century literary figures’'
Pearson, Richard (2016) '’“Fac simile!”: Thackeray’s simulations of eighteenth-century literary figures’' In: Thackeray in Time: Modernity, History, Memory. London and New York: Routledge. [Details]
(2013) 'William Morris interrupted interrupting Chaucer'
Pearson, Richard (2013) 'William Morris interrupted interrupting Chaucer' In: Chaucer's Poetry: Words, authority and ethics. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]
(2010) ''Dickens' Great Expectations: Fiction and the Visual Arts''
Pearson, R.G. (2010) ''Dickens' Great Expectations: Fiction and the Visual Arts'' In: A. Maunder and J. Phegley, Teaching Nineteenth-Century Fiction. London: Palgrave Macmillan. [Details]
(2009) ''Killing Miss Gwilt's Double: Collins' Dramatic Adaptation of Armadale''
Pearson, R.G. (2009) ''Killing Miss Gwilt's Double: Collins' Dramatic Adaptation of Armadale'' In: Costantini, M., Armadale: Wilkie Collins and the Dark Threads of Life (Studi di Anglistica 17). Rome: Aracne. [Details]
(2007) '‘”Twin Sisters” and “Theatrical Thieves”: Wilkie Collins and the Dramatization of The Moonstone’'
Pearson, R.G. (2007) '‘”Twin Sisters” and “Theatrical Thieves”: Wilkie Collins and the Dramatization of The Moonstone’' In: A. Mangham, Wilkie Collins: Interdisciplinary Essays. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. [Details]
(2006) ''A.H. Layard's Nineveh and Its Remains: The Cultural Material of Assyrian Archaeology''
Pearson, R.G. (2006) ''A.H. Layard's Nineveh and Its Remains: The Cultural Material of Assyrian Archaeology'' In: Pearson, R.G., The Victorians and the Ancient World. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. [Details]
(2006) ''Domesticating the Goddess: Popular Issues of Class and Gender in J.R. Planche's Classical Extravaganzas''
Pearson, R.G. (2006) ''Domesticating the Goddess: Popular Issues of Class and Gender in J.R. Planche's Classical Extravaganzas'' In: Pearson, R.G., The Victorians and the Ancient World. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. [Details]
(2002) '‘Austen Henry Layard: Bringing Nineveh to the West (End)’'
Pearson, R.G. (2002) '‘Austen Henry Layard: Bringing Nineveh to the West (End)’' In: Hewitt, M., Culture Institutions. Leeds: Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies. [Details]
(2001) '‘Thackeray and Punch at the Great Exhibition: Authority and Ambivalence in Verbal and Visual Caricatures’'
Pearson, R.G. (2001) '‘Thackeray and Punch at the Great Exhibition: Authority and Ambivalence in Verbal and Visual Caricatures’' In: Purbrick, L., The Great Exhibition of 1851: New interdisciplinary essays. Manchester: Manchester University Press. [Details]
(2000) '‘Archaeology and Gothic Desire: Vitality beyond the Grave in Rider Haggard’s Ancient Egypt’'
Pearson, R.G. (2000) '‘Archaeology and Gothic Desire: Vitality beyond the Grave in Rider Haggard’s Ancient Egypt’' In: Robbins, R. and J. Wolfreys, Victorian Gothic: Literary and Cultural Manifestations in the Nineteenth Century. London, New York: Palgrave Basingstoke. [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
(1996) Sustaining the Vision
Pearson, Richard (1996) Charles Dickens and Children's Literature . In: International Association of School Librarianship, Seattle, WA eds. Sustaining the Vision , pp.80-83 [Details]

Edited Books

  Year Publication
(2016) The Thackeray Library, Vol II: Early Travel Writings.
Pearson, Richard (Ed.). (2016) The Thackeray Library, Vol II: Early Travel Writings. London: Routledge. [Details]
(2016) The Thackeray Library, Vol V: Eyre Evans Crowe, 'With Thackeray in America'.
Pearson, Richard (Ed.). (2016) The Thackeray Library, Vol V: Eyre Evans Crowe, 'With Thackeray in America'. London: Routledge. [Details]
(2016) The Thackeray Library, Vol. I: Early Fiction and Journalism.
Pearson, Richard (Ed.). (2016) The Thackeray Library, Vol. I: Early Fiction and Journalism. London: Routledge. [Details]
(2016) The Thackeray Library, Vol VI: Lewis Melville,'The Life of W.M. Thackeray'.
Pearson, Richard (Ed.). (2016) The Thackeray Library, Vol VI: Lewis Melville,'The Life of W.M. Thackeray'. London: Routledge. [Details]
(2016) The Thackeray Library, Vol III: Anthony Trollope, 'Thackeray'.
Pearson, Richard (Ed.). (2016) The Thackeray Library, Vol III: Anthony Trollope, 'Thackeray'. London: Routledge. [Details]
(2016) The Thackeray Library, Vol IV: C.P. Johnson, 'The Early Writings of Thackeray'; A.A. Jack, 'Thackeray: A Study'.
Pearson, Richard (Ed.). (2016) The Thackeray Library, Vol IV: C.P. Johnson, 'The Early Writings of Thackeray'; A.A. Jack, 'Thackeray: A Study'. London: Routledge. [Details]
(2006) The Victorians and the Ancient World: Archaeology and Classicism in the Nineteenth Century.
Pearson, Richard (Ed.). (2006) The Victorians and the Ancient World: Archaeology and Classicism in the Nineteenth Century The Victorians and the Ancient World: Archaeology and Classicism in the Nineteenth Century. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. [Details]
(1996) The William Makepeace Thackeray Library, 6 volumes.
Pearson, Richard (Ed.). (1996) The William Makepeace Thackeray Library, 6 volumes The William Makepeace Thackeray Library, 6 volumes. London: Routledge. [Details]

Conference Paper

  Year Publication
(2013) 'Foul Play: A Collaboration between Dion Boucicault and Charles Reade', Lesser Victorians conference, Trinity College Dublin.
Pearson, R.G. (2013) 'Foul Play: A Collaboration between Dion Boucicault and Charles Reade', Lesser Victorians conference, Trinity College Dublin. Conference Paper [Details]
(2013) ‘“’E did not get out of ‘is gondola”: Venice in London and A.W. Pinero’s The Notorious Mrs. Ebbsmith (1895), Global and Local conference, Venice, Italy.
Richard Pearson (2013) ‘“’E did not get out of ‘is gondola”: Venice in London and A.W. Pinero’s The Notorious Mrs. Ebbsmith (1895), Global and Local conference, Venice, Italy. Conference Paper [Details]
(2011) Traumatic Histories: H. Rider Haggard's Montezuma's Daughter; Composition conference, BAVS, Birmingham University.
R.G. Pearson (2011) Traumatic Histories: H. Rider Haggard's Montezuma's Daughter; Composition conference, BAVS, Birmingham University. Conference Paper [Details]
(2010) ‘William Morris and the Kelmscott Chaucer’, Chaucer conference, NUI Galway.
Pearson, R.G. (2010) ‘William Morris and the Kelmscott Chaucer’, Chaucer conference, NUI Galway. NUI Galway: Conference Paper [Details]
(2010) ”partner secured”: Dickens and Collins’ No Thoroughfare’, Victorian Popular Culture conference, University of London.
Pearson, R.G. (2010) ”partner secured”: Dickens and Collins’ No Thoroughfare’, Victorian Popular Culture conference, University of London. University of London: Conference Paper [Details]
(2009) ‘Performing Histories: Thackeray and The Virginians’, Past v. Present conference, University of Cambridge.
Pearson, R.G. (2009) ‘Performing Histories: Thackeray and The Virginians’, Past v. Present conference, University of Cambridge. University of Cambridge: Conference Paper [Details]
(2008) ‘Dramatic Grub Street; or, The Trouble with Victorian Plays’, public Professorial Inaugural Lecture, University of Worcester.
Pearson, R.G. (2008) ‘Dramatic Grub Street; or, The Trouble with Victorian Plays’, public Professorial Inaugural Lecture, University of Worcester. University of Worcester: Conference Paper [Details]
(2007) ‘Dickens, Doubles, Adapatations: A Tale of Two Literatures’, Victorian Dramas conference, University of Worcester.
Pearson, R.G. (2007) ‘Dickens, Doubles, Adapatations: A Tale of Two Literatures’, Victorian Dramas conference, University of Worcester. University of Worcester: Conference Paper [Details]
(2007) ‘Wilkie Collins and the Instability of the Play Text’, Theatre Historiographies conference, University of Birmingham.
Pearson, R.G. (2007) ‘Wilkie Collins and the Instability of the Play Text’, Theatre Historiographies conference, University of Birmingham. University of Birmingham: Conference Paper [Details]
(2005) ‘The Forgotten Texts of Victorian Plays’, University of Worcester public research conference.
Pearson, R.G. (2005) ‘The Forgotten Texts of Victorian Plays’, University of Worcester public research conference. Conference Paper [Details]
(2004) ‘Victorian Archaeology and Popular Culture’, University of Worcester public research lectures.
Pearson, R.G. (2004) ‘Victorian Archaeology and Popular Culture’, University of Worcester public research lectures. Conference Paper [Details]
(2003) ‘George Gissing: The Ethnographer’s “I”’, George Gissing and the City conference, University of London.
Pearson, R.G. (2003) ‘George Gissing: The Ethnographer’s “I”’, George Gissing and the City conference, University of London. University of London: Conference Paper [Details]
(2002) ‘The authorial ideal: anxieties of authorial identity in Thackeray's Pendennis’,Idealisms and Materialisms conference, University of Hull.
Pearson, R.G. (2002) ‘The authorial ideal: anxieties of authorial identity in Thackeray's Pendennis’,Idealisms and Materialisms conference, University of Hull. University of Hull: Conference Paper [Details]
(2002) Bringing Nineveh to the West (End)’, Culture Institutions conference, Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies.
Pearson, R.G. (2002) Bringing Nineveh to the West (End)’, Culture Institutions conference, Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies. Trinity and All Saints college: Conference Paper [Details]
(2001) ‘Theirs or Ours? Charles Lever’s Tom Burke of “Ours” and the Irish Military Novel in the mid-Nineteenth Century’, Facts and Fictions: Ireland and the Novel in the Nineteenth Century conference, University of Cardiff.
Pearson, R.G. (2001) ‘Theirs or Ours? Charles Lever’s Tom Burke of “Ours” and the Irish Military Novel in the mid-Nineteenth Century’, Facts and Fictions: Ireland and the Novel in the Nineteenth Century conference, University of Cardiff. Cardiff University: Conference Paper [Details]
(2001) ‘Visible Texts: Victorian Drama and Print Culture’, Victorian Cultures conference, University of Hertfordshire.
Pearson, R.G. (2001) ‘Visible Texts: Victorian Drama and Print Culture’, Victorian Cultures conference, University of Hertfordshire. University of Hertfordshire: Conference Paper [Details]
(2001) ‘Primitive Modernity: H.G. Wells in the 1890s’, The 1890s conference, Newcastle University.
Pearson, R.G. (2001) ‘Primitive Modernity: H.G. Wells in the 1890s’, The 1890s conference, Newcastle University. University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Conference Paper [Details]
(1998) Critical Theory lecture series, Department of English, Shandong Teachers’ University, China.
Pearson, R.G. (1998) Critical Theory lecture series, Department of English, Shandong Teachers’ University, China. University, Jinan, P.R. China: Conference Paper [Details]
(1997) Thackeray and Punch at the Great Exhibition’, 1851 conference, University of Worcester.
Pearson, R.G. (1997) Thackeray and Punch at the Great Exhibition’, 1851 conference, University of Worcester. Conference Paper [Details]
(1997) ‘ Egyptian Archaeology, Sexual Desire & the Death Drive’, University of Worcester public research lectures.
Pearson, R.G. (1997) ‘ Egyptian Archaeology, Sexual Desire & the Death Drive’, University of Worcester public research lectures. Conference Paper [Details]
(1997) ‘Victorian Drama: The Forgotten Texts’, University of Worcester public research conference.
Pearson, R.G. (1997) ‘Victorian Drama: The Forgotten Texts’, University of Worcester public research conference. Conference Paper [Details]
(1995) ‘Charles Dickens and A Child’s History of England’, Children’s Literature conference, University of Worcester.
Pearson, R.G. (1995) ‘Charles Dickens and A Child’s History of England’, Children’s Literature conference, University of Worcester. University of Worcester: Conference Paper [Details]
(1995) ‘“Puffing and Fishing”: Thackeray’s Writings for the Periodicals’, Research Society for Victorian Periodicals Conference, University of Edinburgh.
Pearson, R.G. (1995) ‘“Puffing and Fishing”: Thackeray’s Writings for the Periodicals’, Research Society for Victorian Periodicals Conference, University of Edinburgh. University of Edinburgh: Conference Paper [Details]

Invited Lectures

  Year Publication
(2012) W.M. Thackeray and the Literary World; Elizabeth Gaskell Society, Manchester.
Pearson, Richard (2012) W.M. Thackeray and the Literary World; Elizabeth Gaskell Society, Manchester. Invited Lectures [Details]
(2011) Thackeray, Memory, Time; W.M. Thackeray bicentenary conference, Leeds university.
R.G. Pearson (2011) Thackeray, Memory, Time; W.M. Thackeray bicentenary conference, Leeds university. Invited Lectures [Details]

Other Item

  Year Publication
(2011) Script of Wilkie Collins, The Red Vial (play), from manuscript sources, for four productions, dir. Caroline Radcliffe.
Pearson, R.G. (2011) Script of Wilkie Collins, The Red Vial (play), from manuscript sources, for four productions, dir. Caroline Radcliffe. University of Birmingham: Other Item [Details]
(2001) ‘Charles Dickens – Criticism on the Later Novels’~ Annotated Bibliography for English Studies (Amsterdam: Swets and Zeitlinger~ 1998--2001) [CD-Rom and on-line database of literary criticism; bibliography and article/book summaries] [over 80 entries].
Peason, R.G. (2001) ‘Charles Dickens – Criticism on the Later Novels’~ Annotated Bibliography for English Studies (Amsterdam: Swets and Zeitlinger~ 1998--2001) [CD-Rom and on-line database of literary criticism; bibliography and article/book summaries] [over 80 entries]. Other Item [Details]

Reviews

  Year Publication
(2015) John McNabb, Dissent with Modification: Human Origins, Palaeolithic Archaeology and Evolutionary Anthropology, 1859-1901, The Wellsian, 38 (2015) (review).
Pearson, R.G. (2015) John McNabb, Dissent with Modification: Human Origins, Palaeolithic Archaeology and Evolutionary Anthropology, 1859-1901, The Wellsian, 38 (2015) (review). Reviews [Details]
(2010) The Ancient World on the Victorian and Edwardian Stage, Theatre Notebook.
Pearson, R.G., Richards, J. (2010) The Ancient World on the Victorian and Edwardian Stage, Theatre Notebook. Reviews [Details]
(2010) Regina Oost, Gilbert and Sullivan: Class and the Savoy Tradition, Theatre Notebook 64.2 (2010), 115-6.
Pearson, R.G. (2010) Regina Oost, Gilbert and Sullivan: Class and the Savoy Tradition, Theatre Notebook 64.2 (2010), 115-6. Reviews [Details]
(2005) Time Present and Time Past: The Art of John Everett Millais, British Association for Victorian Studies (website, book reviews section).
Pearson, R.G., Barlow, P. (2005) Time Present and Time Past: The Art of John Everett Millais, British Association for Victorian Studies (website, book reviews section). Reviews [Details]
(2005) Blanchard Jerrold and Gustave Dore, London: A Pilgrimage, British Association for Victorian Studies (website, book reviews section).
Pearson, R.G. (2005) Blanchard Jerrold and Gustave Dore, London: A Pilgrimage, British Association for Victorian Studies (website, book reviews section). London: Reviews [Details]
(2005) Inga Bryden, Reinventing King Arthur: The Arthurian Legends in Victorian Culture, British Association for Victorian Studies (website, book reviews section) (2005).
Pearson, R.G. (2005) Inga Bryden, Reinventing King Arthur: The Arthurian Legends in Victorian Culture, British Association for Victorian Studies (website, book reviews section) (2005). Reviews [Details]
(2003) Jane Jordan, Josephine Butler, English Historical Review 118 (2003).
Pearson, R.G. (2003) Jane Jordan, Josephine Butler, English Historical Review 118 (2003). Reviews [Details]
(2002) Nicholas Daly, Modernism, Romance and the fin de siecle, Lynda Dryden, Joseph Conrad and the Imperial Romance, Paula Krebs, Gender, Race and the Writing of Empire, Journal of Victorian Culture.
Pearson, R.G. (2002) Nicholas Daly, Modernism, Romance and the fin de siecle, Lynda Dryden, Joseph Conrad and the Imperial Romance, Paula Krebs, Gender, Race and the Writing of Empire, Journal of Victorian Culture. Reviews [Details]
(2002) Peter Shillingsburg, W.M. Thackeray: A Literary Life, Victorian Studies.
Pearson, R.G. (2002) Peter Shillingsburg, W.M. Thackeray: A Literary Life, Victorian Studies. Reviews [Details]
(1997) Edgar Harden, A Checklist of Contributions by W.M. Thackeray to Newspapers, Periodicals, etc., Victorian Periodicals Review.
Pearson, R.G. (1997) Edgar Harden, A Checklist of Contributions by W.M. Thackeray to Newspapers, Periodicals, etc., Victorian Periodicals Review. Reviews [Details]
(1992) A History of William Morris’s Typographical Adventure, Journal of William Morris Studies.
Pearson, R.G., Peterson, W.S. (1992) A History of William Morris’s Typographical Adventure, Journal of William Morris Studies. Reviews [Details]