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Dr. Clare Clarke B.A. , M.A., Ph.D. (QUB)Assistant Professor; Co-ordinator of Capstone Projects

Research and Teaching Interests

I joined the School of English at Trinity as an Assistant Professor in 19th-Century Literature in 2014, having previously taught at Queen’s University Belfast and having held an IRC Post-Doctoral research fellowship at Trinity in 2012-2013.

My major research interest lies in the field of late-nineteenth century popular fiction, particularly crime and detective fiction. I have published widely on Victorian crime fiction in journals such as Victorian Periodicals Review, Victorian Literature and Culture, and CLUES: A Journal of Detection. My first monograph Late-Victorian Crime Fiction in the Shadows of Sherlock (Palgrave Macmillan: 2014) was the winner of the HRF Keating Award for best non-fiction crime book 2013-15. I am currently working on my second monograph, British Detective Fiction 1890-1900: The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes, which will be published by Palgrave in 2018/19.

Much of my teaching involves Victorian popular literature. My Sophister Option courses are 'Nineteenth-Century Detective Fiction: The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes' and ‘Fictions of the Fin de Siècle.’ At Freshman level, I am convenor of 'Romanticism' and teach on 'Victorian Literature,' 'The Book,' and 'Popular Literature.'

At Postgraduate level, I am the Co-Director of the MPhil in Popular Literature, where I contribute to the core course and offer the option modules ‘Victorian Detective Fiction’ and 'The Art of Murder: 19th-21st century Crime Fiction.'

PhD Supervision

I welcome enquiries about doctoral research on the following topics: Victorian periodical and newspaper culture, fin de siècle literature, popular genres, professional authorship, and crime fiction. I would especially warmly welcome proposals for projects dealing with late Victorian popular fiction, particularly crime or detective fiction. Please email with an initial enquiry.



  • Late-Victorian Crime Fiction in the Shadows of Sherlock. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) [Paperback June 2016]. ISBN: 9780230390539. Winner of the HRF Keating Award.

  • British Detective Fiction 1890-1900: The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes. (Palgrave Macmillan. Forthcoming 2018/19) 

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

  • “Sherlock Holmes, Victorian celebrity.” Critical Quarterly (2018). Forthcoming.

  • "Something for the silly season:" Policing and the Press in Israel Zangwill's The Big Bow Mystery (1891) Victorian Periodicals Review 48.1 (Spring 2015) pp. 121-137

  • "Imperial Rogues: Reverse Colonization Fears in Pearson's Magazine 1897, Guy Boothby's A Prince of Swindlers, and late-Victorian detective fiction," Victorian Literature and Culture 41.3 (Fall 2013) pp. 527-545.

  • "Horace Dorrington, criminal detective: investigating the re-emergence of the rogue in Arthur Morrison's The Dorrington Deed-Box" (1897) Clues: A Journal of Detection 28.2 (Autumn 2010) pp. 7-18.

Peer-reviewed Book Chapters

  • "Holmes, Doyle, and Victorian Publishing." Janice Allan and Christopher Pittard, eds. The Cambridge Companion to Sherlock Holmes. Cambridge University Press, 2018. (Forthcoming)

  •  “LT Meade, Sisters of Sherlock, and the Strand Magazine.” Alexis Easley, Clare Gill, and Beth Rodgers, eds. The Edinburgh History of Victorian Women and Print Media, 1830-1900. Edinburgh University Press, 2018. (Forthcoming)

  •  “Jo Nesbo: Murder in the Folkhommet.” Stephen Matterson and Bernice M Murphy, eds. Twenty-First Century Popular Fiction. Edinburgh University Press, 2017 (In press)

  • “Charlotte Riddell.” Bernice M Murphy and Elizabeth McCarthy, eds. Lost Souls. McFarland, 2016.

  • “Professionalism and the Cultural Politics of Work in the Sherlock Holmes stories.” Kate MacDonald, ed. The Masculine Middlebrow 1880-1940. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. 73-90.

Journal Editions

  • Clare Clarke and Clare Gill, guest eds. Women’s Writing 23.2 (2016)

Study Guides

  • Clare Clarke, An Image of Africa: Racism in Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. Routledge (The Macat Library), 2017.

Critical Editions

  • Clare Clarke, ed. Fergus Hume, The Mystery of a Hansom Cab (EUP, 2019)



Dr Clare Clarke
School of English
Arts Building
Room 4004
Trinity College Dublin
Dublin 2, Ireland


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