Dr Britta Martens

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  • Qualifications:MA (Hamburg); PhD (UCL)
  • Position:Senior Lecturer - English Literature and Programme Leader ACI Foundation Year
  • Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries, and Education (ACE)
  • Telephone:+4411732 87242
  • Email:Britta2.Martens@uwe.ac.uk

About me

Since I joined UWE in 2002 I have taught on a variety of modules ranging primarily from the eighteenth century to the present.


My research focuses on Victorian literature. My doctoral thesis was a study of Robert Browning's poems in propria persona. I have pursued my interest in his work in subsequent publications, including my books Browning, Victorian Poetics and the Romantic Legacy: Challenging the Personal Voice (2011) and The Poetry of Robert Browning (2016) and a special issue of Victorian Poetry (Winter 2012) commemorating Browning's bicentenary, co-edited with Mary Ellis Gibson.


I am also interested in the response of Victorian writers of poetry and fictional and non-fictional prose to the non-literary culture of other European countries, especially France and Italy. My publications in this area examine the varied ways in which Victorian authors absorbed continental culture and used their perception of it to define their own identity. My analysis of political caricatures within this context is available as a British Academy podcast.


I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and on the editorial advisory boards of the Victorians Institute Journal, Victorian Poetry and the Victorian Review. My research has been supported by grants from the Arts and Humanities Research Board, the British Academy, the German Academic Exchange Service, the Armstrong Browning Library, the British Association of Victorian Studies and the Modern Humanities Research Association.


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