Academic Research & Writing

Research, Publications & Teaching

One of the principle directions in which Kirstin follows her curiosity is down the rabbit hole of literature, into a world of ideas and imagination. She currently researches and writes in the areas of Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century Literature, with a particular focus on representations of the mind, dreams, space and the supernatural. She earned her Ph.D. in English Literature from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, with a doctoral thesis entitled Imagined Worlds: The Role of Dreams, Space, and the Supernatural in the Evolution of Victorian Fantasy (2014), having previously achieved her BA(Hons) from the same university.



In addition to her research into the frontiers of Victorian thinking on the mind, space, and the supernatural, she also teaches in Gothic Literature, Children’s Literature, and ‘Approaches to English Literature’ at Macquarie University, Australia, and travels to present her research at various conferences and events. Find out more below.


Victorian Literature, Victorian Fantasy, Gothic Literature, Romanticism, British Literature, Literature and Science, Literature and Psychology, the Supernatural, Space, Dreams, Representations of the Mind, Illustration and Art, Folklore and Fairy Tale, Children’s Literature, Medieval Literature.

Current Projects

Kirstin is continuing her research into the literary representations of dreams, the mind, space and the supernatural in Victorian Literature. She is currently preparing her first monograph on the subject.


– Australasian Victorian Studies Association
– British Association for Victorian Studies
– The Lewis Carroll Society
– The George MacDonald Society

Conferences & Teaching

Conferences & Events

Academic Teaching

On the Blog: Victorian Literature

Find out more about Kirstin’s research and interests in the blog posts below: