Jane Darcy

Dr Jane Darcy is a lecturer in Romantic and Victorian literature in the English department at University College London. Her recent PhD (King’s College London, 2009) considered the importance given by literary biographers in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries to the role of melancholy in their subjects’ lives. Her book, Melancholy and Literary Biography, 1640-1816, will be forthcoming from Palgrave in April 2013. It includes chapters on Samuel Johnson, James Boswell, William Cowper, Robert Burns and Mary Wollstonecraft.

She has now turned from melancholy subjects to look at aspects of humour, comedy and sheer fun in the nineteenth century. Her next book is to be a study of the overlapping circles of Victorian writers, artists and thinkers who holidayed on the Isle of Wight.