Surridge, Lisa



Phone number: (250) 721-7246
Department: English

Research description:

- Victorian literature and culture
- Illustrated serial fiction
- Marital violence in Victorian fiction
- Legal writing for lawyers, judges and prosecutors
Expertise Profile
Victorian readers of serial fiction experienced a very different mode of novel reading from the one we know today.

Stories such as The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Oliver Twist or Cranford were originally printed in magazines or published in installments over an extended period of time.

Dr. Lisa Surridge in the Department of English at the University of Victoria describes Victorian-era reading as akin to the way we watch a contemporary television series: bit by bit, with periods of suspense and reflection in between.

Along with Dr. Mary Elizabeth Leighton, also from the English department, Dr. Surridge is working on a book that looks at the role of illustration in Victorian serial novels. Together, they are investigating how Victorian readers combined two ways of knowing the world: the visual and the verbal.

Dr. Surridge is an advocate for studying the material book and is proud to note that UVic is one of few universities that is digitizing Victorian periodicals but also keeping the original text in its archives.

She spends much of her time down in Special Collections in the library, both in her research and her teaching. She feels that it is important to give her students the sense of what it was like to hold and read a Victorian novel.

Dr. Surridge is the author of a book on marital violence in Victorian fiction and has authored articles on Victorian serial fiction and Victorian illustration as well as on the works of Charles Dickens, the Brontes, Elizabeth Gaskell and Wilkie Collins.

She also teaches writing to lawyers, judges, and prosecutors in workshops and seminars across Canada.

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UVic Speakers bureau

Lisa Surridge takes part in the UVic Speakers Bureau.
More information about the Speakers Bureau can be found here.

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