Dr Catherine Wynne

Dr Catherine Wynne

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

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • School of Humanities


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


Catherine specialises in Victorian and post-nineteenth 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 working on 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 contributed to television and radio programmes on Stoker and Conan Doyle: Channel 4 (Britain by Beach), BBC 2 (Books that Made Britain), BBC World Service (The Forum), BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4 (Woman’s Hour), and Irish Radio. She co-wrote the voice-over for a Bram Stoker documentary for Irish Television (RTÉ). She was also a guest expert on Bram Stoker at a British Library event.

- 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

Book Chapter

Conan Doyle's "young, athletic sporting men": Class, Empire, War and the Boxing Body

Wynne, C. (2021). Conan Doyle’s “young, athletic sporting men”: Class, Empire, War and the Boxing Body. In N. Clausson (Ed.), Re-examining Arthur Conan Doyle (41-58). Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Victorian Stage Magic, Adventure and the Mutilated Body

Wynne, C. (2021). Victorian Stage Magic, Adventure and the Mutilated Body. In C. Bloom (Ed.), The Palgrave Handbook of Steam Age Gothic (691-710). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-40866-4_37

Neo-Holmesian Fiction

Wynne, C. (2019). Neo-Holmesian Fiction. In J. M. Allan, & C. Pittard (Eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Sherlock Holmes (213-227). Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316659274.016

Journal Article

Soldier Stories: The Irish In The Army From The Late Nineteenth Century To The First World War

Wynne, C. (2023). Soldier Stories: The Irish In The Army From The Late Nineteenth Century To The First World War. British Journal of Military History, 9(2), 81-105. https://doi.org/10.25602/GOLD.bjmh.v9i2.1712

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

Lead investigator







Inspiring European Citizenship through Educational Technology


EC European Commission




1 October 2017










NERC: Supporting Interdisciplinarity in Discovery Science 2022


NERC Natural Environment Research Council




1 October 2022



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)

Consultancy/Industry advisory role

Britain By Beach

2021 - 2021

Consultant on Bram Stoker and Dracula on Channel 4 TV series 'Britain by Beach' (aired on 27 November at 8pm).


'Why vampire stories simply won't go away' (Deutsche Welle)


Interviewed on location in Whitby for Deutsche Welle programme on vampires. The programme was released on 31 October 2022 and is available to view on DW Made for Minds (https://www.dw.com/en/why-vampire-stories-simply-wont-go-away/video-63589572) and on youtbube. Programme description: "Bram Stoker's novel "Dracula" was published 125 years ago. It became a worldwide classic as an early work in a genre that is booming today. We explore this success story and travel in Bram Stoker's footsteps to Whitby, in northeast England."

Yorkshire Post interview for 'Britain by Beach'

2021 - 2021

Interviewed by Alexandra Wood on Channel 4 programme 'Britain by Beach'. I was academic consultant and interviewee on the Whitby part of the programme which focused on Bram Stoker and Dracula.