Professor Andrew King

Professor Andrew King BA, PGCE, MA, PhD

Professor Andrew King

Professor Andrew King

Professor of English Literature and Literary Studies

Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities

Professor Andrew King has worked at the University of Greenwich since May 2012. His first degree was in classical and medieval Latin (Reading), and he has MAs in Medieval Studies (Reading) and English (Sussex). He completed his PhD (2000), a history of the nineteenth-century mass-market periodical, The London Journal, at Birkbeck, supervised by Professor Laurel Brake. Since then he has expanded his interest both in popular reading and in another neglected but highly influential area of periodical studies, the low-circulation but high-impact world of trade, business and professional magazines. BLT19 is one of the outgrowths of this.

Having started a career in EFL, he taught his first English literature course at the University of Catania where he began work in 1983. In 1985 he completed his PGCE at the University of Cambridge where he was one of the very few to gain distinctions in both the theoretical and practical aspects of the course. He taught in a school in north London for a year before Catania lured him back for the rest of the 1980s.

Committed to gender equality, in 1990 he left Sicily to support his wife in her career as a British Council officer. As a result he was fortunate to teach English Literature and Cultural Studies for many years at universities in Romania and Poland, and around the UK (Birkbeck, Hertfordshire and Keele). In 1998 he led the joint Romanian government/ British Council project Crossing Cultures, which introduced for the first time the study of gender, class, sexuality and ethnicity into Romanian schools.

Immediately before coming to Greenwich, Andrew had taught since January 2003 at Canterbury Christ Church University where he was senior lecturer and then Reader in Print History.

He was assistant editor of the Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism (2008), for which he researched around 70 entries both in areas that had been (often surprisingly) not studied before, and in some very well-known subjects, and ran the central VLE for the project where the 200+ contributors deposited and discussed their work. He is general editor of the Victorian Fiction Research Guides in a knowledge exchange partnership with the publisher Victorian Secrets.

He has externally examined PhDs at various colleges of the University of London, and at the Universities of Queensland, Ghent, Macerata and Liverpool John Moores. He was an external undergraduate examiner at Liverpool John Moores from 2004-08 and is currently external examiner of undergraduate English at Edinburgh Napier.

Dedicated to the future of the discipline, he currently supervises six PhD students, all researching various aspects of periodicals from the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries, and runs regular postgraduate study days in that area for students outside as well as inside his home institution.

He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.


  • Research Lead for the Literature and Drama Research Group 
  • Member of Research Degrees Committee 2013-
  • Member of the Promotions Committee 2013-16
  • Member of Archives Committee 2014-
  • Member of Faculty Ethics Committee 2015-
  • Member of Research and Enterprise Committee
  • Chair of the Grand Challenges 2016
  • Assistant Faculty Lead on Research Mentoring

Current Undergraduate teaching

  • Literature and Publishing 1820-today
  • International Bestsellers

Recent teaching: Undergraduate

  • The Canon
  • Fictions and Visual Narratives
  • Poetry and Drama
  • Literature and Publishing 1820-today
  • English in World Literature.
  • Literature of the Gothic

MA teaching

  • Text and (Inter)textuality: English Research and Theory
  • Unreal City
  • Commerce of Vice.

Postgraduate supervision

  • Ann Hale, Legal Periodicals
  • Beth Gaskell, Military Periodicals
  • Julian Day, Professionalisation of Actresses and the Eighteenth-Century Press
  • Fiona Snailham, Intersection of Individual Journalistic Practice and the Institute of Women Journalists
  • 2016                    $1,700 Visiting Scholarship to Harry Ransom Centre, Texas
  • 2014                    €5,000 Visiting Scholarship, University of Macerata (Sept-December) & accommodation
  • 2013                    $1,500 Wolff lecture, Research Society for Victorian Periodicals
  • 2008-9                 €60,000 [in total, inc. salary & oncosts] 12 month research fellowship, University of Ghent
  • 1998                    £12,000 salary + £8,000 project costs, British Council, "Crossing Cultures" British Studies project in Romania.
  • Reviewer in AHRC Peer Review College (from January 2017)
  • Grant evaluator for: University of Missouri Research Board; Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Arts and Sciences,
  • 2005-2008: Member of the International Advisory Panel of the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (NCSE), an AHRC project to make digital editions of key 19th century periodicals.
  • 2005–07: Editorial Board of the Journal of Victorian Culture; convenor of Roundtable on Catherine Gallagher's The Body Economic, published in 12(1), Spring 2007, pp. 97–115.
  • Editorial Boards:  Victorian Periodicals ReviewStudii Vittoriani
  • Board member of the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, for which he co-organised the annual conferences in 2008 and 2011.
  • Reader for:  EnglishAuthorshipJournalism: theory, practice and criticismVictorian Studies19 and many other learned journals; and for Routledge, Continuum and (formerly) Ashgate publishers.
  • External Examiner of BAs: Liverpool John Moores (2004-8), Edinburgh Napier (2013-)
  • External Examiner of PhDs: Universities of Ghent, Liverpool John Moores, London (Birkbeck, Goldsmith's), Macerata, Queensland.
  • Media history
  • Popular fiction
  • Victorian fiction
  • Victorian periodicals
  • Popular periodicals
  • Professional periodicals
  • Literature and finance
  • Literature and economics.
  • Andrew King's work on the Victorian period lies at the intersection of literature, history, media studies and sociology. Blending traditional archival work with newer research methods and methodologies, his work emphasises unexpected areas of cultural exchange between popular and élite, and across national and linguistic borders. He currently has two ongoing research projects.

    Andrew's most immediate research topic is the extravagant novelist and journalist Ouida (1839–1908), on whom he has written several articles and edited a collection of essays with Jane Jordan (Kingston University) for Ashgate (2013). He has critically edited Ouida's last completed full-length novel, a scandalous story of political and sexual corruption in Victorian high-life called The Massarenes. His full scale literary biography of Ouida was to Ashgate (now Routledge) and is due in 2017. He's very excited as, by assiduously exploring archives in the UK, USA and Italy and contacting descendants of people she knew, he's discovered previously unknown scandals about her life that she systematically sought to hide.

    Andrew has also continued work on 19th century periodicals: he was the main editor and initiator of the Routledge Handbook to Nineteenth-Century British Periodicals and Newspapers (out April 2016) with Alexis Easley (University of St Thomas) and his colleague at University of Greenwich, John Morton. He is contributing a chapter on periodical economics – a far wider topic than merely attention to publishers' accounts. The accompanying Case Studies volume is due out in 2017 and is working on a project with the Universities of Galway and Edinburgh, Trade Periodicals: Transnational Perspectives, which has already won funding from the Irish Research Council.

Funded research projects

Professions and the press

A year-long fully funded research fellowship at the University of Ghent, 2008-09 (€60,000).

The most immediate outputs from the fellowship comprised three journal articles and the successful completion of the DNCJ, the joint winner of the Robert and Vineta Colby Scholarly Book Prize in 2010.

The main research findings comprised the identification of the components of what a "professional" was in the 19th century (and still is to a large extent today) and how they developed. The research paid particular attention to gender, especially to the changing nature of professional masculinities. Andrew continued this work, focusing on Victorian banking periodicals, for the 2013 Wolff lecture.

() . Nineteenth-Century Contexts. Taylor & Francis. pp. 1-3. ISSN 0890-5495 ISSN 0890-5495

() . Victorian Literature and Culture. Cambridge University Press. pp. 202-210. ISSN 1060-1503 ISSN 1060-1503

() . English Literature. Edizioni Ca' Foscari. pp. 359-382. ISSN 2420-823X ISSN 2420-823X

() . Dickens Quarterly. Johns Hopkins University Press / Dickens Society of America. pp. 79-81. ISSN 0742-5473 ISSN 0742-5473

() . Media History. Taylor & Francis. pp. 477-479. ISSN 1368-8804 ISSN 1368-8804

() . Nineteenth-Century Contexts. Taylor & Francis. pp. 77-80. ISSN 0890-5495 ISSN 0890-5495

() . Victorian Literature and Culture. Cambridge University Press. pp. 563-579. ISSN 1060-1503 ISSN 1060-1503

() . Victorian Popular Fiction Association Newsletter. Victorian Popular Fiction Association. pp. 2-6.

() . Research Tools: Illustrated London News Historical Archive 1842-2003. GALE Cengage Learning (EMEA) Ltd.

() . Victorian Periodicals Review. The Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 149-173. ISSN 0709-4698 ISSN 0709-4698

() . SHARP News. The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing. pp. 11-12.

() . Popular Narrative Media. Liverpool University Press. pp. 105-108. ISSN 1754-3819 ISSN 1754-3819

() . SHARP News. The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing. pp. 10-11.

and () . Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies. Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies. ISSN 1556-7524 ISSN 1556-7524

Browse our research at GALA

() . In: The Routledge Handbook to Nineteenth-Century British Periodicals and Newspapers. Routledge. pp. 60-74. ISBN 9781409468882

() . In: The Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature. Wiley-Blackwell, Hoboken, New Jersey. ISBN 9781118405383

() . In: Crafting the Woman Professional in the Long Nineteenth Century Artistry and Industry in Britain. Routledge, Oxford, UK. pp. 207-225. ISBN 9781472408969

() . In: Ouida and Victorian Popular Culture. Ashgate Publishing Limited, Farnham, UK. pp. 1-12. ISBN 9781409405894

() . In: Ouida and Victorian Popular Culture. Ashgate Publishing Limited, Farnham, UK. pp. 13-35. ISBN 9781409405894

() . In: A companion to sensation fiction. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. pp. 38-53. ISBN 9781405195584

Browse our research at GALA

, and (Eds.) (2017) . Routledge. ISBN 978-1409468851

, and (Eds.) (2016) . Routledge. ISBN 9781409468882

and (Eds.) (2013) . Ashgate Publishing Limited, Farnham, UK. ISBN 9781409405900

(Ed.) (2011) . Pickering and Chatto Publishers, London, UK. ISBN 978 1 85196 643 1

Browse our research at GALA

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Browse our research at GALA