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Durham University

The Centre for Nineteenth Century Studies

Lauren Matthews

Lauren Matthews is a PhD student in the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics at Newcastle University. Her research interests include the work of Mary Shelley and the wider ‘Shelley Circle’, the treatment and representation of women in the nineteenth century, the ‘bibliographic code’ of texts, and the 1820-1830s literary ‘lacuna’ identified by Richard Cronin. Lauren's thesis discusses Mary Shelley’s short fiction, specifically those stories which were submitted to literary annuals and magazines in the 1820s and 1830s. She is particularly interested in Shelley’s representation of women in her fiction, the unique qualities of her short story form, and the ways in which she navigated the many restrictions placed upon her work by editors without completely compromising upon her radical ideals.'