About the Cabinet of Curiosity.

I am an AHRC Techne funded doctoral student. My research looks at how natural history, in many ways, dwelt within the feminine sphere of Victorian culture and charts a more intimate, personal exploration of natural history that examines the lives of its practitioners beyond the impact of conventional watersheds. My project will be underpinned by both literary and scientfic 19thC texts in an interdisciplinary study towards an evolving understanding of the historiography of science. I am currently co-director of the Centre for Victorian Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Forthcoming Publications

‘”What of her glass without her?” Prismatic Desire and Auto-Erotic Anxiety in the Art & Poetry of Dante Gabriel Rossetti’ Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies Vol. 28 (Spring, 2019)

‘Crawling at your feet, you may observe a Bread-and-Butterfly’: Insects in Literature and Language, in A Cultural History of Insects in the Age of Industry 1820-1920 ed. by Anelli, C. & Fisher, S., (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2020)

I am currently working on a critical edition of William Michael Rossetti’s Séance Diary alongside Professor Barrie Bullen.

Research Interests

I am particularly interested in digital humanities, questions of materiality, the growing field of research on the history of emotions, and the connection between art and science. Delve into The Cabinet of Curiosity, or follow me on twitter @rosalindmwhite where I blog about my research interests.