Alice Barnaby’s research and teaching expertise lies in the literature and material culture of the long nineteenth century. She studied for her BA and MA in Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art. She then worked for a number of years in the Museums and Galleries sector before undertaking a PhD in the Department of English Literature at the University of Exeter. Her work investigates the relationship between perceptual experience and nineteenth-century modernity. She conducts historicised readings of literary and visual sources in light of current debates concerning theories of affect, ontology and material agency. This work rethinks established methodologies of cultural materialism. Her book Light Touches: Cultural Practices of Illumination, London 1800-1900 is forthcoming with Routledge in 2016.
Alice is Head of Department, English Literature and Creative Writing.