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dr. B.P. (Ben) Moore

Faculty of Humanities
Faculty of Humanities
Photographer: Ben Moore

Visiting address
  • Spuistraat 134
  • Room number:5.28
Postal address
  • Postbus 1641
    1000 BP Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Profile

    I joined UvA in 2017 as Assistant Professor in English Literature. Previously I taught Victorian literature at Cardiff University (2015-16) and various literature courses at the University of Manchester, where I also completed my BA (2007), MA (2010) and PhD (2014). My research has focused mainly on modernity, cities, vision, space and architecture in the nineteenth century, and I am currently working on a monograph based on my PhD research, Invisible Architecture: Ideologies of Space in the Nineteenth-Century City, which discusses Gogol, Gaskell, Dickens and Zola, and theorists including Walter Benjamin and Henri Lefebvre. I have published work on  Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, Benjamin Disraeli, Charles Kingsley, Victorian childhood, the writing of Rem Koolhaas and Walter Benjamin, among other topics.

    My next major research project is tentatively titled ‘Money on Hold: The Spatial Disruption of Capital, 1830-1900’, and will look at the interaction between money and place in the culture and literature of the nineteenth century. I plan to examine the role of specific locations in disrupting, suspending or bypassing the 'normal' processes of economic circulation. Such locations include the pawnbroker's shop, the debtors' prison, the bank in crisis and the European spa town. In theoretical terms, I am interested in exploring the allegorical side of money in the nineteenth century, in Walter Benjamin's sense of allegory as fractured, broken and incomplete, in opposition to the plenitude of meaning associated with the Romantic symbol. The project will draw on some archival research and on texts by Poe, Dickens, Thackeray, Martineau, Eliot, Dostoevsky, Oliphant and Zola, among others. As a broader research goal, I'd like to extend this work by looking into the transitions between different ways of narrativising money that have operated across literary history.

    I'm also beginning to think about the connections between recent work on the Anthropocene and the role of biology and the human in mid-nineteenth century literature.

    One of my secondary interests is the analysis of contemporary culture and politics. I have been involved with the Everyday Analysis project since 2013, including contributing to three volumes of collected writings with Zero Books (available here), and I am currently an editor of the website. Everyday Analysis is now in collaboration with the UK-based New Socialist website. I organised a workshop related to the issues raised by the group's most recent book, Politactics, in May 2017 (supported by ASCA and NICA).

    In 2018/19 I am Chair of the Programme Committee for the English Department and organiser of the department's Guest Lecture series. I  am also co-convening an ASCA reading group on Politics and Culture in 20th-Century Theory (details here).

    As of September 2018 I am Reviews Editor for the Gaskell Journal

    I would be very happy to talk to current or potential students about supervision possibilities, or to fellow researchers interested in opportunities for collaboration.

  • Teaching

    In 2018-19 I am co-ordinating the following courses:

    • English Literature 1: Genres, Texts, Contexts (BA)
    • English Literature 3: The Long Nineteenth Century and Big Books 1 (BA)
    • Authors in Focus: George Eliot and the Realist Novel (BA)

    I am also contributing to the following:

    • Critical Approaches to Literature and Culture (MA)
    • Thesis Seminar (MA)
  • Publications


    • Moore, B. P. (Accepted/In press). ‘Drawd too architectooralooral’: Ambiguous Architecture in Dickens. In J. John, & C. Wood (Eds.), The Edinburgh Companion to Charles Dickens and the Arts Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.


    • Moore, B. P. (2020). The Flaneur. In J. Tambling (Ed.), Palgrave Encyclopedia of Urban Literary Studies Palgrave Macmillan Ltd..
    • Moore, B. P. (2020). ‘Of Pride and Joy No Common Rate’: From the Surplus Women Problem to Surplus Jouissance in Margaret Oliphant’s Hester. Journal of Victorian Culture.
    • Moore, B. P. (Accepted/In press). Walter Benjamin, Advertising and the Utopian Moment in Modernist Literature. Modernism/Modernity.


    • Moore, B. (2018). Invisible Architecture and Social Space in North and South. The Gaskell Journal, 32, 17-35. [details]



    • Moore, B. (2016). Ruptures in the City: Retrospective Memory in Benjamin’s Paris and Koolhaas’s New York. In L. Huskinson (Ed.), The Urban Uncanny: A collection of interdisciplinary studies (pp. 90-106). London: Routledge. [details]
    • Moore, B. (2016). The Dolls’ Dressmaker Re(ad)dressed: Jenny Wren’s Critique of Childhood, Femininity and Appearance. Victorian Literature and Culture, 44(3), 473-490. [details]
    • Moore, B. (2016). Walter Benjamin and The Arcades Project. In J. Tambling (Ed.), The Palgrave Handbook of Literature and the City (pp. 59-73). London: Palgrave Macmillan.



    • Moore, B. P. (2014). Review of Dickens and Benjamin: Moments of Revelation, Fragments of Modernity. Dickens Quarterly, 31(3), 262-265.


    • Moore, B. P. (2013). Review of London, Radical Culture, and the Making of the Dickensian Aesthetic. Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net, 64, NA.


    • Moore, B. P. (2012). "When I went to Lunnon town sirs": Transformation and the Threshold in the Dickensian City. Dickens Quarterly, 29(4), 336-349.
    • Moore, B. P. (2012). Review of William Morris and the Idea of Community: Romance, History and Propaganda, 1880-1914. The Modern Language Review, 107(1), 280-281.


    • Moore, B. P. (2020). Review of Dickens and Demolition: Literary Afterlives and Mid-Nineteenth-Century Urban Development, by Johanna Hofer-Robinson. BAVS Newsletter.


    • Moore, B. (2019). [Review of: G. Hellyer, J. Murphet (2016) Rancière and Literature]. English Studies, 100(2), 247-249. [details]
    • Moore, B. P. (Accepted/In press). Review of Women, Literature and Finance in Victorian Britain: Cultures of Investment, by Nancy Henry. The Gaskell Journal, 33.

    Journal editor

    • Moore, B. (editor) (2019-2024). The Gaskell Journal (Journal).
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  • Ancillary activities
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