Lee O'Brien


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Lee's interests include the recovery of the work of nineteenth-century women poets, the impact of the ballad on nineteenth-century women's lyric poetry, the poetry of Rosamund Marriott Watson and Augusta Webster, the cultural politics of genre, the nineteenth-century literary marketplace and popular literature. Her current research project is a study of sensation and detective fiction, 1860- 1960.


  • ENGL108 Literature and the Political
  • ENGL120 Approaches to English Literature
  • ENGL206 Gothic Visions
  • ENGL314 Victorian Literary Culture
  • LIT801 Nineteenth-Century Literature

Education/Academic qualification

MA (Hons), Macquarie University

PhD, Macquarie University

BA (Hons), The University of New South Wales

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nineteenth century Social Sciences
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popular fiction Social Sciences
housekeeping Social Sciences

Projects 2015 2018

Research Outputs 2003 2019

  • 9 Article
  • 1 Book
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary/reference book

Infanticide in Mary Hays's Memoirs of Emma Courtney and Victoria Cross's Anna Lombard

Russo, S. & O'Brien, L., 2019, In : Explicator. 77, 3-4, p. 95-98 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Sex, sisters and work: Mary Robinson's The Natural Daughter and Amy Levy's The Romance of a Shop

Russo, S. & O'Brien, L., 9 Oct 2019, In : Women's Writing.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

working-day world

A "strange second flowering" and the "second heart": reimagined modes of aestheticism and romanticism in Augusta Webster's Yu-Pe-Ya's Lute

O'Brien, L., 2017, In : Victorian Poetry. 55, 1, p. 5-18 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Gladys Mitchell's Mrs Bradley: detection, difference, and The Rising of the Moon (1945)

O'Brien, L., 2017, In : Clues: a journal of detection. 35, 1, p. 63-74 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Golden Age
Human Agency

Letty Garth's little red book: "Rumpelstiltskin", realism, and Middlemarch

O'Brien, L., 1 Sep 2017, In : Victorian Literature and Culture. 45, 3, p. 549-568 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review