Dr Jonathan Memel

Jonathan Memel is Lecturer in English and a specialist in nineteenth-century literature and culture. He joined the English department in January 2020 following a research fellowship on the AHRC project ‘Florence Nightingale Comes Home for 2020’ at the University of Nottingham. He was awarded a Great Western Research/National Trust-funded PhD at the University of Exeter (2016) and an undergraduate degree at the University of Edinburgh.

Jonathan serves on the Executive Committee of the British Association of Victorian Studies (BAVS) and is Editor of the BAVS Newsletter.

His latest publication is the book Florence Nightingale at Home (Palgrave, November 2020).

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On the AHRC project ‘Florence Nightingale Comes Home for 2020’ and accompanying book, Florence Nightingale at Home (2020), Jonathan situated Nightingale’s public writings and private correspondence in Victorian discourses on health and domesticity. He is currently working on an article on Nightingale as part of a special issue of the Journal of Victorian Culture on mid-Victorian provincialism.

Jonathan is also working on a single-authored monograph on literary responses to late-nineteenth century educational change, which draws on his PhD project on Thomas Hardy and education at the University of Exeter. Further outputs from this project include articles in Neo-Victorian Studies and The Conversation (see publications below).

Jonathan has ongoing interests in the relationship between literature and place, with a recent piece in The Thomas Hardy Journal on literary heritage and planning disputes (see publications below). This autumn he is co-leading an AHRC/British Academy-funded event in Hill Holt Wood, Lincolnshire as part of the School of Advanced Study’s Being Human Festival.

Jonathan Godshaw Memel, with Paul Crawford, Anna Greenwood and Richard Bates, Florence Nightingale at Home (Palgrave, 2020).

Jonathan Godshaw Memel, with Fariha Shaikh and Joanna E. Taylor, ‘Black Lives Matter: Starting Points for the Victorianist’, BAVS Newsletter (Summer 2020), 2-8.

Jonathan Godshaw Memel, ‘“Only the Quality of a Work-ground”: Planning Disputes in Hardy’s Wessex’. Thomas Hardy Journal, special issue: ‘Hardy Now’, 25 (Winter 2019): 128-140.

Jonathan Godshaw Memel, review of Reading Thomas Hardy, by George Levine. In MLR 114.1 (2019): 126-128

Jonathan Godshaw Memel, ‘“Mythical Florence”: Where Does the Lady with the Lamp Stand Today?’. The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Blog < https://ahrc-blog.com/>, 2019.

Jonathan Godshaw Memel, ‘“Making the University less exclusive”: the Legacy of Jude the Obscure’. Neo-Victorian Studies, special issue ‘Neo-Victorianism and Discourses of Education’ 10.1 (2017): 64-82

Jonathan Godshaw Memel, ‘Obstacles to Social Mobility Date Back to the Victorian Education System’. The Conversation <https://theconversation.com/uk>. 2016.

Jonathan Godshaw Memel, review of The Beginnings of University English: Extramural Study, 1885-1910, by Alexandra Lawrie. In History of Education 44.3 (2015): 397-399

Jonathan Godshaw Memel, ‘“Some poor gaper”: Community, Identity and Marginal Individuals in Hardy’s Fiction’. The Hardy Review 15.1 (2013): 11-22

Jonathan recently convened ‘Victorians Unbound’ (BA) and ‘Writing Back: Literature and Memory’ (BA) and taught on ‘The Dark Side of Literature’ (MA). For the first semester of 2020/21 he will lead a new module, ‘Writing the Environment’, bringing environmental literatures of the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries into dialogue with pressing debates in the environmental humanities today, and convene ‘Introduction to Literary Studies’ (BA) and ‘Explorations in Literary Genre’ (BA). Jonathan supervises undergraduate and masters-level dissertations and research projects at BGU and co-supervises an AHRC-funded PhD project at the University of Nottingham on mental illness in sensation fiction. Jonathan welcomes enquiries from prospective postgraduate students with interests in nineteenth-century literature and culture.