Portrait of Dr Merrick Burrow Dr Merrick Burrow

m.burrow@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472685


I grew up in Lancashire, before taking a first degree in English Studies at the University of Lancaster (1st class honours), followed by postgraduate study at the University of Sussex comprising an MA in Critical Theory and DPhil in English Literature for my thesis entitled ‘Bordering the Aesthetic: Oscar Wilde and the discourses of literary modernity’ under the supervision of Professor Geoffrey Bennington.

I joined the University of Huddersfield in 2003. I led the validation of a single honours degree in English Literature in 2004 and a taught MA in Literary Studies in 2008. I have been subject leader since 2005.

I previously taught English Literature at the University of Sussex, University of Chichester and the University of Winchester, and have been a member of the external validation panels for undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses at the University of Worcester and the University of Central Lancashire. I am currently external examiner for BA (Hons) English and BA (Hons) English with American Literature at the University of Winchester.

Research and Scholarship

I was one of the joint organisers of an international conference on Walter Benjamin’s Arcades Project in 2003, and edited and contributed to a special issue of new formations on the same topic in 2005. I organised another international conference, Masculine Identifications, in July 2010. I am a member of the advisory board for the international journal Papers in Language and Literature.

My current research interests lie primarily in Victorian and Edwardian fiction, including both literary and popular genres. I have published numerous journal articles in this field and have spoken widely at academic conferences. In addition I have delivered public lectures on related topics in cultural history and am involved in the planning for an exhibition at Cliffe Castle in Keighley on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the Cottingley Fairies in 2017. I recently contributed a chapter on the origins of the British spy thriller for the forthcoming Palgrave Handbook of Popular Fiction and am currently in the early stages of a biography of Conan Doyle.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Burrow, M (2017) ‘Holmes and the History of Detective Fiction’. In: The Cambridge Companion to Sherlock Holmes. : Cambridge University Press. .


Merrick, B (2016) ‘‘The future of our delicate network of empire’: The Riddle of the Sands and the Birth of the British Spy Thriller’. In: New Directions in Popular Fiction: Genre, Distribution, Reproduction. London: Palgrave. pp. 111-133. ISBN 978-1-137-52346-4

Burrow, M (2016) ‘Healing Victorian MasculinitiesPapers on Language and Literature , 52 (2), pp. 198-206. ISSN 0031-1294


Burrow, M (2013) ‘The Filth and the Purity: Policing Dirt in Late-Victorian Detective FictionJournal of Victorian Culture , 18 (4), pp. 562-564. ISSN 1355-5502

Burrow, M (2013) ‘Queer Clubs and Queer Trades: G.K. Chesterton, Homosociality and the City’. In: G.K. Chesterton, London and Modernity. London: Bloomsbury. . ISBN 9781780937069

Burrow, M (2013) ‘Conan Doyle's gothic materialismNineteenth-Century Contexts , 35 (3), pp. 309-323. ISSN 0890-5495

Burrow, M (2013) ‘The Imperial Souvenir: Things and Masculinities in H. Rider Haggard's King Solomon's Mines and Allan QuatermainJournal of Victorian Culture , 18 (1), pp. 72-92. ISSN 1355-5502


Burrow, M (2012) ‘Oscar Wilde and the Plaistow Matricide: Competing Critiques of Influence in the Formation of Late-Victorian MasculinitiesCulture, Society and Masculinities , 4 (2), pp. 133-147. ISSN 1941-5583


Burrow, M (2004) ‘Dialectical Fairyland, Cosmic Advertising and the Mimetic Faculty in The Arcades ProjectNew formations (54), pp. 108-125. ISSN 0950-2378

Burrow, M., Farnell, G. and Jardine, M. (2004) ‘'Construction Site': On Reading Benjamin's ArcadesNew formations (54), pp. 7-12. ISSN 0950-2378

Research Degree Supervision

I am particularly interested in supervising PhD research relating to late Victorian and early 20th century literature, particularly topics relating to gender, empire, science, technology and geographical space.

Previous supervision


David Halliwell, ‘Nothing against good morals and correct taste’: Subversion, containment and the masculine boundaries of Victorian sensation fiction (awarded 2014)

Allegra Hartley, Women Writers of Scientific Romance in the Late 19th and Early 20th Century

MA by Research

Matilde Christensen, Power Exchange: ambivalence, escapism and the male masochist fantasy in Marsh and the Urban Gothic