David Ibitson

Teaching Fellow (Arts and Humanities)
email: d.a.ibitson@leeds.ac.uk
phone: 0113 343 7397 

David Ibitson

My role 

As a Teaching Fellow on the Arts and Humanities Foundation Year, I lecture and lead seminars and workshops for the modules: Modernity and Post-Modernity; Image, Music and Text; and The Renaissance. I also contribute sessions to our JumpStart course. 

Educational background

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I have an MA in Victorian Literature and a PhD, both from the University of Leeds. My doctoral thesis examined how the Victorian and Edwardian works of Jerome K. Jerome function as parodies of adventure narratives, how these narratives influenced domestic displays of imperial mimicry, such as urban escape programs and urban exploration, and how these shape ideas of urban manliness. 

My research

My research focuses on fin de siècle popular fiction, specifically representations of Victorian and Edwardian masculinities, the portrayal of clerks, adventure and empire, comedy and humour, the music hall and popular song, and alcohol. I have research interests in the Newgate criminal literature of the early Victorian period. I am also interested in Gothic fiction, and have written on how the ghost stories of M. R. James engage with ideas of sporting masculinity, as well as Gothic and supernatural representations of office work in Nineteenth Century literature.