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Dr. Julie-Marie Strange

Contact Details

Humanities Lime Grove (formerly the Arts Building)
Ph: 0161 275 3025
Room: N.2.07
E-mail: Julie-marie.strange@manchester.ac.uk


My first two degrees (History Hons & M. Phil.) were undertaken at the University of Wales, Cardiff, whilst a jaunt to meet Jon Lawrence and Andrew Davies led to doctoral study at the Univeristy of Liverpool.

I joined the University of Manchester in August 2003 after two years lecturing at Birkbeck College, University of London and a nine month stint working as a research assistant on the archives of the United Africa Company.


My research interests are wide ranging! Recent publications focus on cultures of death and bereavement in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. I am particularly interested in the symbolic and verbal languages used to articulate love and loss, especially among members of the working classes. A member of the University of Manchesters Research Network on Love, I remain interested in the inter-personal dynamics of the poor. Future publications in this area include ruminations on Emotion in the Slum and working-class masculine emotion.

Study leave, September 2006-Sept. 2007 allows me to complete a new book on the cultural history of menstruation, c.1840-1930, all very taboo but great fun.

My other research passions include the Victorian sensation novel, writing life stories and the railway in Victorian culture.


My teaching reflects the breadth and diversity of research interests: I currently teach undergraduate courses on Victorian Manchester and Victorian Cultures of Death and Bereavement and co-teach Childhood and Gender in the Twentieth Century with Dr. Penny Tinkler.

As director of the Victorian Studies MA, I convene the core course for Victorian Studies on 'Reading the Victorian', a course exploring interdisciplinary approaches to understanding Victorian mentalities and expereinces. This has been augmented in recent years with modules on the fin-de-siecle and the prostitute in Victorian culture. Other postgraduate teaching addresses gender history, the monarchy in nineteenth century Britain and the railway in the Victorian imagination.

Postgraduate Supervision

I am happy to supervise postgraduate work on any area of social and cultural history in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, but especially welcome students interested in the history of death and/ or emotion, cultural histories of the body, sensation fiction, and any cultural-history-inclined trainspotters wanting to study railways.

Current PhD students are studying a diverse range of topics including Settlement Houses in secular and spiritual philanthropy; cultures of commemoration in World War One; the death and afterlife of Marilyn Monroe; and, the tripartite education system and narratives of failure.

Selected Publications

Death, grief and poverty in Britain, c.1870-1914 (Cambridge University Press, 2005, ISBN: 0521838576)

Twentieth Century Britain: Social, Economic and Cultural Change (Pearson, 2007)

'Speechless with grief: bereavement and the working-class father, c.1880-1914 in Helen Rogers and Trev Broughton (eds.), Gender and Fatherhood in the Nineteenth Century (Palgrave, 2007).

'I believe it to be a case depending on menstruation: madness and menstrual taboo in British medical practice, 1840-1930' in Andrew Shail & Gillian Howie (eds.), Menstruation: a cultural history (Palgrave, 2005).

'Only A Pauper Whom Nobody Owns: Re-assessing the Pauper Grave, c. 1880-1914', Past and Present, 178 (1), 2003, 148-175.

Tho' Lost to Sight, To Memory Dear: The Neglected Grave in Victorian and Edwardian Commemorative Culture', Mortality, 8 (2) 2003, 144-159.

'She Cried a Very Little: Death, Grief and Mourning in Working-Class Culture, c. 1880-1914', Social History, 27 (2), 2002, 143-61.

'The Assault on Ignorance: Teaching Menstrual Etiquette in English Schools, c. 1920-1960', Social History of Medicine, 14 (2), 2001, 247-65.

Menstrual Fictions: Languages of Medicine and Menstruation, 1850-1930', Women's History Review, 9 (3), 2000, 607-28.

In progressIntimate Bleeding in Victorian Culture: Menstruation, Medicine and Taboo in the Long Nineteenth Century

Emotion in the slum: interpersonal dynamics in late Victorian poor homes, Special issue Victorian Studies