Dr Julie-Marie Strange - Research
Specific research interests:
My research interests are wide ranging! Early work focused on cultures of death and bereavement in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. I am particularly interested in the symbolic and verbal languages used to articulate love and loss, especially among members of the working classes.
My most recent work focuses on fatherhood and attachment in late Victorian and Edwardian working-class culture.
In addition, I am currently working on a collaborative project with colleagues in Life sciences on the Victorian dog fancy - the expanding culture of the fancy dog. This project staged a museum exhibition, 'Breed: the British and their dogs', October 2012 to April 2013, at Manchester Museum.
I remain interested in the inter-personal dynamics of the poor and working-class families. New research on the 'tramp' signals a new interest in marginal identities.
Further new collaborative research with Prof. Bertrand Taithe and Dr. Sarah Roddy examines the transformation of charity into commercial enterprise in the late Victorian Period.
I have also published on menstruation, puberty and the menopause.
Recently funded research projects:
Working-class fathers, 1870-1914 ESRC and AHRC funded.
The invention of the dog fancy and the fancy dog, 1840-1914: a collaboration with colleagues in CHSTM and AHRC funded.
Compassionate Consumption: Charitable fundraising in the late Victorian marketplace: a collaboration with Prof. Bertrand Taithe, ESRC funded.