Dr Ushashi Dasgupta

Departmental Lecturer in English

My research centres around nineteenth-century fiction and journalism. I’m interested in the city, space and architecture, the intersections between economics and literature, ‘everyday life’ theory, material culture, and the development of the novel. My doctoral thesis explored the significance of tenancy in the literary imagination, with a particular focus on the works of Charles Dickens. It discussed the ways in which rented spaces – lodgings, boarding-houses, inns, hotels – might complicate our understanding of the cosy Victorian home. I’m currently preparing to publish the thesis as a monograph. My next project will build on my interest in theories of reading and authorship; it’s on the history and practice of re-reading.