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Dr. Clare Clarke B.A. , M.A., Ph.D. (QUB)Assistant Professor

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. My second monograph, British Detective Fiction 1891-1901: The Successors to Sherlock Holmes was published by Palgrave in July 2020.

I am currently working on two projects: firstly, together with my PhD student Orla Donnelly, I am embarking on a four-year Provost's Project Award mapping space and place in the Sherlock Holmes stories which were published in the Strand magazine. This project will result in the production of a monograph and free public-facing searchable maps which document the movements of Sherlock Holmes. Secondly, I am working on a new monograph project, which is a critical biography of a real-life private detective agency operating in Victorian London.


Much of my teaching involves nineteenth-century popular literature and/or crime fiction. My Sophister Option courses are 'Nineteenth-Century Detective Fiction: The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes' and 'The Art of Murder'. At Freshman level, I am convenor of 'British Romantic Literature' and teach on 'Pulp', 'Victorian Literature,' 'US American Identities', and the Trinity Elective module 'Travel and Literature.’

At Postgraduate level, I am the Co-Director, with Professor Darryl Jones, of the MPhil in Modern and Contemporary Literary Studies. I convene the core module 'Perspectives in Modern and Contemporary Literature', which is divided into four thematic half-term blocks: Writing the City, Identities, Fictive Futures, and Cultural Afterlives. On the MPhil I also offer the option module 'Shedunnit: Women and Crime from the 19th to the 21st century.'

PhD and Postdoctoral Supervision

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

If you would like to apply to do a PhD under my supervision please fill out this template:

More details can be found here under ‘admissions’:



  • British Detective Fiction, 1891 – 1901: the Successors to Sherlock Holmes (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020).

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

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

  • "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, 2019.

  •  “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, 2019.

  • "Detective Fiction." Lesa Scholl, ed.  The Palgrave Encyclopaedia of Victorian Women Writers. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019).

  • " Fergus Hume." Kevin Morrison ed. Companion to Victorian Popular Fiction. (McFarland, 2018). 

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

  • “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

  • Eva Burke and Clare Clarke, eds. CLUES: A Journal of Detection, Domestic Noir special edition. 39.1 (2021).

  • 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.


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


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