Richard Storer

Richard Storer


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Personal profile


I studied English at Cambridge for my first degree, and after that I worked for six years at the head offices of Bible Society, in London and Swindon, as an administrator and manager.  I then returned to academic study and completed my PhD at the University of Sheffield in 1994.  I joined the staff of Leeds Trinity in 1995.

Since 1995 I have taught many different topics within the English programmes at Leeds Trinity, including: Literary Theory;  Tragedy and Comedy; Introduction to Drama; Four American Novelists; Reading James Joyce; Nineteenth Century Literature; Classicism and Romanticism; Satire and Subjectivity; Language and Discourses; Roots of Stories; and Film Adaptation.  My current teaching responsibilities are listed below.  

I contribute to the activities of the Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies, and have designed and taught several modules for the MA in Victorian Studies, including modules on the Victorians and Shakespeare; and on Oscar Wilde.

I am currently Academic Group Leader for English and Creative Writing.  Other administrative roles I have covered in the past include:  Chair of Student-Staff Academic Committee; member of Academic Board; member of Faculty Quality and Standards Committee; member of Course Validation Committee; Director of English Programmes; and Acting Head of Humanities (English, History and Theology).

Research interests

I have three main areas of research interest:  (1)  F. R. Leavis - my original research specialism;  (2)  Hall Caine and T. E. Brown - a Victorian Studies interest I have been developing since 2010;  (3) the novels of Walter Besant and James Rice, another Victorian Studies interest.  

I am interested in some other now-obscure Victorian authors, such as C. M. Ingleby, the Shakespeare scholar, and Alfred Austin, the poet laureate.  I also have a pedagogic research interest in 'Reading Out Poetry', finding ways to make reading aloud a more effective resource for teaching pre-1900 poetry.


Teaching and Administration

BA English (Single Honours) English & Writing (Single Honours) English (Joint Honours)  English Language and Linguistics (Single Honours)

ENG 4602    Language: Research and Analysis
Module tutor and co-ordinator

ENG 4612    The History of English 1: The Origins of English
Module tutor and co-ordinator 

ENG 5312    Linguistic Topics
Module tutor and co-ordinator

ENG 6532    Classicism and Romanticism
Module tutor and co-ordinator

ENG 4332    Professional Development and Placement
Module tutor and co-ordinator

HUM 6252    Profesional Learning through Work
Module co-ordinator

ENG 4412    English Research and Essay-Writing Workshop
Module tutor

MA Victorian Studies

Module Tutor for: 
The Victorians and Shakespeare 
Oscar Wilde


Academic Group Leader for English and Creative Writing

Programme Leader for English Language and Linguistics

Admissions Tutor for English

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sheffield

Award Date: 1 Jun 1994

Master of Arts, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 1 Jun 1989

Bachelor of Arts, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 1 Jun 1983


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