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<div class="ExternalClass134EA25A9C334D8380D3FA0B03822CE2">Iain Crawford holds a B.A. in English and Greek Civilization from the University of Leeds and a Ph.D from the University of Leicester. In addition to his appointment in the department, he also serves as UD's Faculty Director of Undergraduate Research. His current book project, <em>Contested Liberalisms: Dickens, Martineau, and the Victorian Press</em>, places Charles Dickens and Harriet Martineau in dialog to create a lens through which to examine the development of Victorian journalism in a transatlantic context. Work from this project has appeared in<em> Nineteenth-Century Literature</em> and the collections <em>Charles Dickens and the Mid-Victorian Press 1850-1870</em>, <em>Dickens and Massachusetts: The Other America </em>(U of Massachusetts Press) and <em>Journalism and the Periodical Press in Nineteenth-Century Britain</em> (Cambridge U Press). Dr. Crawford recently completed a term as President of the Dickens Society and is currently President-elect of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). </div>icrawf@udel.eduCrawford, Iain<img alt="" src="/Images%20Bios/FAC_Crawford_Iain-17-1_180.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Director, UD Undergraduate Research ProgramPast-President, Dickens SocietyPast-President, Council on Undergraduate ResearchProfessorBritish Literature;Print and Material Culture Studies;Transatlantic / Transnational StudiesPh.D. English, University of Leicester



Contested Liberalisms Martineau, Dickens and the Victorian PressCrawford, IainEdinburgh University PressEdinburgh, United Kingdom2019<h4>Reframes the long-standing critical narrative of the relationship between Harriet Martineau and Charles Dickens</h4><ul><li>Demonstrates, through new readings of Martineau and Dickens’s travel in and writing about the United States, how their encounters with the American public sphere were crucially formative in both writers’ careers and in their shaping as journalists</li><li>Places Martineau and Dickens within the context of Anglo-American liberalism, thereby expanding our reading of them beyond earlier schema framed in narrower terms of political economy</li><li>Expands understandings of transatlantic literary exchange to offer a more comprehensive reading than those offered through an earlier critical focus simply on the issue of international copyright</li></ul><p>Focusing on the importance of Martineau’s contribution to the development of the early Victorian press, this book highlights the degree to which the public quarrel between her and Dickens in the mid-1850s represented larger fissures within nineteenth-century liberalism. It places Martineau and Dickens within the context of Anglo-American liberalism and demonstrates how these fissures were embedded within a transatlantic conversation over the role of the press in forming a public sphere essential to the development of a liberal society.</p>icrawf





2020 Robert and Vineta Colby Scholarly Book Prize - Runner-up<p> </p><p><strong>Iain Crawford</strong>’s <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Contested Liberalisms: Martineau, Dickens and the Victorian Press</em></a> (Edinburgh University Press, 2019) was named runner up for the 2020 Robert and Vineta Colby Scholarly Book Prize awarded by the Research Society in Victorian Periodicals for the best book on the periodical press. The review committee described this as “an impressively weighty and lucid book that negotiates its way carefully through its tripartite interests in liberalism, transatlantic cross-cultural exchange and the development of the periodical press. It offers new approaches to both Martineau and Dickens in its scholarly study of their contrasting contributions to emerging formulations of progressive social theory in ways that richly reveal the intellectual heft and significance of their writings in the context of the development of liberal thought. Crawford draws out the details of their relationship masterfully in this sophisticated and erudite work that is full of rich detail related with minute attention to scholarly conversation. A pleasure to read, this book is an important contribution to the history of the periodical press, to Dickens studies, and especially to our understanding of the importance of Harriet Martineau.”</p>Crawford, Iainicrawf

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