Stuart Robertson

Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor at Department of English

+46 18 471 10 06
Visiting address:
Engelska parken, Thunbergsvägen 3 L
Postal address:
Box 527
751 20 Uppsala



I studied at the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde as an undergraduate and postgraduate. I taught English in Scottish and English secondary schools during my time as a postgraduate student. I joined the University of Central England in Birmingham (now Birmingham City University) in 2001, where I finished my thesis in 2004. I came to Uppsala in autumn 2008.

Research Interests

My main area of interest is late nineteenth century culture, particularly the writings of Henry James and Oscar Wilde. My current research focuses on relations between literature and science at the fin de siècle and builds on work begun in my Ph.D thesis.

In November 2010 I was awarded a grant from the Swedish Research Council ( Vetenskapsrådets) for a project entitled ‘Victorian Enlightenment’. This long term project explores how the ninth edition of the Encyclopædia Brittanica can be understood as a key knowledge text of the nineteenth century, one in which disciplinary identiites are forged as well as controversies staged. This edition is noted for the range and importance of the articles contributed. Between 1875-89 under the editorship of Thomas Baynes and William Robertson Smith significant statements of contemporary science and thought were contributed by writers either already established or subsequently to become leading figures in a wide array of disciplines: James Clerk Maxwell wrote on ether, Lord Kelvin on elasticity and heat; Swinburne contributed an article on Keats while the psychologist James Sully wrote articles on aesthetics and dream; George Saintsbury wrote on Corneille. James Fraser’s article on ‘Taboo or Tabu’ formed the basis for his life’s work The Golden Bough. Selected articles from the edition are available online.
I am one of the founder members of The British Society for Literature and Science and a current board Member of the Swedish Society for the Study of English (SWESSE).

Conferences, papers and publications

Conferences Organised
  • March 2007 Second annual conference of the British Society for Literature and Science at the Birmingham and Midlands Institute. I was the sole local organiser and chair of the programme committee.
Conference papers
  • July 2008 ‘Visionary nights: fairy tales, children and the child subject in What Maisie Knew’, presented at Jamesian Strands, the conference of the International Henry James Society, Newport Rhode Island
  • July 2005 ‘Henry James, Venice and the Subject of modernity’, presented at Tracing Henry James, the conference of the International Henry James Society, Venice International University, Venice, Italy
  • September 2002 ‘Decadent Cartographies, or Charting the Passage of Sin in the Faces of the City’, presented at the European Society of English Studies annual international conference, Marc Bloch University, Strasbourg
  • July 2002 ‘A “lively inward revolution”: Politics and the Artist in Henry James’s The Princess Casamassima’, presented at Henry James Today, the conference of the International Henry James Society, American University of Paris
  • July 1999 ‘Artists and Audiences in James and Wilde’, presented at the Henry James, Ford Madox Ford and Joseph Conrad conference, Rutherford College, University of Kent at Canterbury
  • January 2009 Cora Kaplan, Victoriana: Histories, Fictions, Criticism (Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Presss, 2007), 184 pp., 9780748611461, pb, £15.99
  • Work in progress ‘ “Going Underground”’: Secrets, Subjectivity and Revolution in Henry James’s The Princess Casamassima’
  • Work in progress ‘The “Alien” Henry James: ethics, the critic, James and Matthew Arnold’
  • December 2003 ‘A “lively inward revolution”: The Flâneur, realism and Revolution in L’Éducation sentimentale and The Princess Casamassima, ‘Henry James Today: Selected Papers from the International Conference’, (ed.) Donatella Izzo, Igitur, new series, iv, pp.29-45
Pedagogical Research
  • 2006-7 Higher Education Academy English Subject Centre funded E-Learning Advocate working to promote and develop e-learning initiatives within the English Literature Subject community. Role involves working within the university and between universities, attending training workshops and conferences, and leading training events for colleagues.