Dr Elizabeth Ludlow

Course Leader, MA English Literature 

Lecturer, English Literature

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences

Department:Department of English and Media

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: English literature

Courses taught: English Literature, Philosophy and English Literature, Writing and English Literature, English Literature

Elizabeth teaches on our undergraduate and postgraduate modules in English literature. Her research focuses on literature and the Bible, and Victorian poetry and fiction.

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Before joining Anglia Ruskin, Elizabeth held a six-month Early Career Fellowship in the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of Warwick, a two-year postdoctoral lectureship at the University of British Columbia, and a one-year teaching fellowship at the University of Birmingham.

Elizabeth’s first monograph, Christina Rossetti and the Bible: Waiting with the Saints (Bloomsbury Academic, 2014), unpacks Rossetti’s hermeneutic of piety and contextualises her work in the light of her engagement with ancient, medieval, Early Modern, and nineteenth-century literature. It also provides the first sustained discussion of Rossetti’s contributions to periodicals and devotional anthologies.

Elizabeth is currently working on her second monograph, Prodigal Daughters: Representations in Mid-Victorian Literature. She is also completing an article about the representation of martyrdom in the Victorian Early Church novel and guest editing a special issue of The Gaskell Journal on shorter fiction.

Research interests

  • Nineteenth-century literature and the Bible
  • Victorian periodical publication and illustration practices
  • Devotional poetry
  • The Pre-Raphaelites
  • Victorian historical fiction and the Early Church novel
  • Christina Rossetti
  • Elizabeth Gaskell
  • George Eliot
  • The Brontës


  • PhD English Literature, University of Warwick
  • MA Victorian Literature and Culture, University of Reading
  • BA English Literature and Language, University of Reading

Memberships, editorial boards

  • The Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada
  • The Comparative Literature and Religions research group (CoRAL) at the University of Warwick
  • The British Association of Victorian Studies

Selected recent publications

Ludlow, E., 2014. Christina Rossetti and the Bible: Waiting with the Saints. London: Bloomsbury Academic.

Ludlow, E., 2014. Christina Rossetti, the Pre-Raphaelites, and the Tractarians. In: Baker, J. et al (Eds).The Oxford Handbook of the Oxford Movement. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Ludlow, E., 2014. Christina Rossetti’s Later Life: A Double Sonnet of Sonnets (1881): Exploring the Fearfulness of Forgiveness. In: Mason, E. (Ed). Special Issue on Nineteenth-Century Poetry and Forgiveness. Literature Compass, 11(2), pp.84-93.

Ludlow, E., 2013. Christina Rossetti, Amy Levy, and the composition of roundels in late Victorian Bloomsbury: Poetic snapshots of city pageants. English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920, 56(1), pp.83-103.

Ludlow, E., 2010. Christina Rossetti and the Bible. In: Mason, E. et al (Eds). The Blackwell Companion to the Bible in English Literature. Oxford: Blackwell, pp.551-561.