Dr Catherine Wynne

Reader in Late Victorian and Early Twentieth-Century Literature and Culture

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • Department of English and American Studies


  • MA (University College Dublin)
  • PhD (University of Oxford)


Catherine specialises in 19th and post-19th century literature and visual culture, with particular focus on the Gothic, war art, Victorian theatre, travel writing, and colony and empire.

She has published monographs on Bram Stoker (supported by the British Academy) and Arthur Conan Doyle. Her most recent publication is a biography of Lady Butler, Victorian Britain's leading war artist. Lady Butler: War Artist and Traveller, 1846-1933 (Dublin: Four Courts Press) was supported by a grant from the Marc Fitch Fund.

She is currently editing a new edition of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes for Oxford University Press (World Classics) and a new (joint edition) of The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Valley of Fear for Edinburgh University Press New Critical Editions of the works of Arthur Conan Doyle.

Catherine has spoken about Bram Stoker at the British Library and has been a guest expert on her research areas for the BBC World Service (The Forum), BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4 (Woman’s Hour), BBC 2 television (Books that Made Britain) and Irish Radio's Newstalk. She also co-wrote the voice-over for a Stoker documentary for Irish Television (RTÉ).


- MA in English (Creative Writing and English Literature)

- Creative Writing and English

- English

- English and American Literature and Culture


- Gothic (level 6, Convenor)

- Voyage Out: Travel, Empire and Cultural Encounters (Level 5, Convenor)

- Reading Fiction (Level 4)

- Dissertation

- Bram Stoker: Literature, Theatre and the Gothic (Level 7, Convenor)

- Guided Independent Research Essay (Level 7)

- MA Dissertation (Level 7, Convenor)

Recent outputs

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Lady Butler: War artist and traveller, 1846-1933

Wynne, C. (2019). Lady Butler: War artist and traveller, 1846-1933. Dublin, Ireland: Four Courts Press Ltd

Bram Stoker and the Gothic: Formations to Transformations

Wynne, C. (2016). C. Wynne (Ed.). Bram Stoker and the Gothic: Formations to Transformations. Palgrave Macmillan.

Book Chapter

The Du Mauriers and Stoker: Gothic transformations of Whitby and Cornwall

Wynne, C. (2016). The Du Mauriers and Stoker: Gothic transformations of Whitby and Cornwall. In C. Wynne (Ed.), Bram Stoker and the Gothic: Formations to transformations (185-206). London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Popular Fiction in Performance: Gaskell, Collins and Stevenson on Stage

Wynne, C. (2016). Popular Fiction in Performance: Gaskell, Collins and Stevenson on Stage. In K. Gelder (Ed.), New directions in popular fiction: Genre, distribution, reproduction (327-348). London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Journal Article

Imperial and War trauma in Kipling

Wynne, C. (2012). Imperial and War trauma in Kipling. Kipling journal, 86(348), 40 - 57

Research interests

- Bram Stoker

- Arthur Conan Doyle

- Lady Butler

- Gothic

- Victorian literature and culture

- War art from the Victorians to the First World War

- Victorian theatre

- Empire and colony

- Travel writing

Postgraduate supervision

Catherine is currently supervising a PhD in Creative Writing (novel) and an interdisciplinary PhD on law and literature from Dickens to Christie.

She welcomes PhD applications from students who are interested in the following areas: Gothic, nineteenth-century British and Irish writing, travel writing and illustration, Victorian melodrama, Bram Stoker, Conan Doyle, Lady Butler, postcolonial writing.

Completed PhDs:

- Dr David Beck, Arthur Conan Doyle (2012)

- Dr Sara Williams, The Maternal Gaze in the Gothic (2011)

- Dr Laila Alharthi, Neo-Historical Fictions (2020)

- Dr Rachel Knighley, Creative Writing (2020)

-Dr Sabrya Albalawi, Brian Friel (2020)