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Dr David Grylls

Emerita/Emeritus Fellow, Fellow

David Grylls, a founding Fellow of the College, was formerly University Lecturer in Literature in Oxford University Department for Continuing Education and Director of Studies of the Department’s literature and creative writing programmes.  He is currently a Departmental tutor and book reviewer for the Sunday Times. He teaches a range of courses from Shakespeare to the present, but his scholarly work has concentrated on the nineteenth century.  In addition to numerous articles in academic journals, he is the author of Guardians and Angels: Parents and Children in Nineteenth-Century Literature, The Paradox of Gissing, and What the Dickens: A Guide to Martin Chuzzlewit and Hard Times – the last written to accompany two television serialisations. He has also edited George Gissing’s Born in Exile for Everyman paperbacks. David’s recent articles and book chapters have been connected with his current long-term project – a study of the treatment of love and sex in Victorian fiction. His most recent piece is ‘Gissing and Prostitution’, in Christine Huguet and Simon J. James (eds.), George Gissing and the Woman Question (Farnham and Burlington: Ashgate, 2013), pp. 13-27.

David has lectured widely in the USA as well as Britain, and also in France, Sweden, Italy, Greece and Gibraltar. He is a regular contributor to the Oxford Literary Festival. His most recent academic conference presentation was ‘The Savage Sub-text of The Hound of the Baskervilles’ – one of two keynote lectures at a conference entitled Sherlock Holmes: Past and Present. A revised version of the lecture was published in Sherlock Holmes in Context (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).