Dr Rosie Miles

Reader in English Literature & Pedagogy

Rosie Miles
Email address: R.Miles@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 323479 Location: MX103 Faculty: Faculty of Arts School/Institute: Dept. of English, Linguistics and Creative Writing - School of Humanities Areas of expertise: Victorian & Fin de Si├Ęcle Literature, Art & Culture, Neo-Victorianism, feminist and queer theories, contemporary poetry. Pedagogy in English Studies


Rosie Miles teaches in the areas of Victorian and Fin de Siècle Literature, Art and Culture and contemporary Women’s Writing.  She is currently also a student herself, and a practising poet, undertaking the MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) at Manchester Metropolitan University. 

She came to Wolverhampton via Birmingham (BA), Nottingham (MA Victorian Literature) and Birkbeck College, University of London (PhD).  Her PhD was on the poetry of William Morris and she has published a number of articles on Morris. 

From 2001-07 she was Editor of the Journal of William Morris Studies  and co-edited a collection of essays (with Pippa Bennett), William Morris in the Twenty-FIrst Century (Peter Lang, 2010)."

Rosie is also interested in e-learning within English Studies and has published on this.  She has acted as an E-Learning Consultant for the HEA English Subject Centre and blogs as Ms-E-Mentor

Rosie welcomes research proposals in the areas of Victorian Literature (particularly Morris, Victorian poetry or the Fin de Siècle) as well as in contemporary poetry and queer approaches.

Rosie is also a National Teaching Fellow (2011).

Research interests

My research interests are in the areas of William Morris, Victorian poetry, verbal-visual textual relationships, book illustration and the fin de siècle. I am also interested in pedagogy in English Studies. In particular I have interests in online learning and the use of discussion forums, and critical-creative teaching strategies.

Membership of professional bodies


  • BA English Literature and Language (University of Birmingham), 2i.
  • MA Victorian Literature (University of Nottingham), Distinction.
  • PhD English (Birkbeck College, University of London). Title: “The Poetry of William Morris: Desire, Narrative and Text”.


Key Recent Publications

  • (with Benjamin Colbert, Francis Wilson and Hilary Weeks)  ‘Designing and Assessing Online Learning in English Literary Studies’, Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, 6:1 (2007), 74-89.
  • (with David Mabb) ‘Pop Art, Modernism and Morris: An Interview with David Mabb’, Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies 14 (Spring 2005), pp. 57-66.
  • ‘Binding Men: William Morris’s The Defence of Guenevere and the Circulation of Masculine Desire’, in Private and Public Voices in Victorian Poetry, eds. Sabine Koelsch-Foisner and Holger Klein (Tübingen, Germany: Stauffenburg Verlag, 2000), pp.89-102.
  • ‘The Beautiful Book That Was: William Morris and the Gift of A Book of Verse’, in William Morris: Centenary Essays, eds. Peter Faulkner and Peter Preston (Exeter: Exeter University Press, 1999), pp.133-43.
  • ‘George Egerton, Bitextuality and Cultural (Re) Production in the 1890s’, in Women’s Writing: The Elizabethan to the Victorian Period 3:3 (Winter 1996), pp.243-59.

Key Conferences

  • ‘Text. Play. Space: Crossing the Critical/Creative Divide’. Creative Writing: Teaching and Technology, ESC Conference, Manchester Metropolitan University, 30 April 2008. 
  • ‘Creative Online Activities in English Literary Studies’. Renewals: Refiguring University English in the 21st Century, Royal Holloway, University of London, 5-7 July 2007. 
  • ‘Some Issues in Assessing Online Discussion in English Studies’, Creating and Assessing Discussion Forums, ESC Conference, University of Wolverhampton, 25 May 2006. 
  • ‘Everyone Loves My Online Module (Come on in and Join the Multi-Dimensional Hypertext Line Dance!)’. Interfaces: English and IT ESC Conference, University of Newcastle, November 3-4, 2005. 
  • ‘Editing Morris for the 21st Century’. Morris in the 21st Century Conference, Royal Holloway, University of London, 7-10 July 2005. Co-Organiser of Conference.
  • ‘Was William Morris Queer? Or, What’s in the Blue Closet?’ Victorian Sexualities Conference, University College, Worcester, April 2003. 
  • ‘Reading Pleasures: The Ideal and the Material Book in the 1890s’. BAVS Conference, University of Hull, September 5-7, 2002. 
  • ‘From Stardust to Super Sleuths: Suffragette City at the End of the Millennium’. Suffrage City! Women’s Suffrage and Cultural Representation Conference, University of Wolverhampton, 11 November 2000. Co-Organiser of Conference. 
  • ‘The Illustrated Morris: William Morris’s Poetry and Twentieth-Century Book Illustration’. Morris 2000 Conference, University of Toronto, Canada, 22-25 June 2000. Also presented to the University of Birmingham’s English Research Seminar series, January 2001.

Experience in industry

  • External Examiner for PhD, Sorbonne, Paris: “La question du livre en Europe autour de 1900. William Morris et son cercle: une esthétique hétérodoxe” (March 2011).
  • External Examiner for University of Worcester BA English Studies (2007-11).
  • E-Learning Advocate (sponsored by the English Subject Centre) 2006-07.
  • E-Tutor of the Year, School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences, University of Wolverhampton, 2006.

Further information

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