Dr Peter Garratt
BA (Hons), MSc, PhD
|Associate Professor in the Department of English Studies||+44 (0) 191 33 42565|
|Associate Member in the Centre for Humanities Engaging Science and Society (CHESS)|
Peter Garratt is Associate Professor in English Studies, with teaching and research interests in Victorian literature and culture. He is currently finishing vol 2. of Nineteenth-Century British Literature and Philosophy (forthcoming from Routledge, 2023). Other books he has written and edited include Victorian Empiricism (2010); The Cognitive Humanities (2016); and Distributed Cognition in Victorian Culture and Modernism (2020), co-edited with Miranda Anderson and Mark Sprevak. During this time Peter has been the recipient of funding from the British Academy ('Making a Darkness Visible', 2013) and from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) for 'Cognitive Futures in the Humanities' (2012-14) and then (as Co-Investigator) 'A History of Distributed Cognition' (2014-18). He has served on the Executive Committee of the British Society for Literature and Science, and has been a peer-reviewer for the AHRC, Carnegie Trust, Leverhulme Trust, and Wellcome Trust.
Peter was part of Durham's multidisciplinary research project 'Hearing the Voice', generously funded by the Wellcome Trust to investigate auditory hallucinations, and he continues to collaborate with colleagues in the Institute for Medical Humanities. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a member of the British Association of Victorian Studies, the North American Victorian Studies Association, and the American Comparative Literature Association, and he has given several international keynote lectures.
Over the years Peter has taught widely in the Department, from Shakespeare to the Victorians, and he has held various roles including Director of Education.
- 2014. (Co-I) AHRC standard grant (£600,000)
- 2013. (PI) British Academy small research grant (£6,980)
- 2013. (PI) AHRC collaborative skills development (supervisor) (£1,726)
- 2012-14. (PI) AHRC networking grant (£45,000)
- Victorian fiction
- History of criticism
- Nineteenth-century philosophy and psychology
- Mind, consciousness, cognition
- Garratt, Peter (2010). Victorian Empiricism: Self, Knowledge and Reality in Ruskin, Bain, Lewes, Spencer and George Eliot. Madison, N.J.: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.
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- Garratt, Peter (2024). George Meredith and the Psychology of Style. In Mind and Embodiment in Late Victorian Literature. Viragh, Atti & Thain, Marion Edinburgh University Press.
- Garratt, Peter (2022). Household Ghosts and Personified Presences. In Voices in Psychosis: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Alderson-Day, Ben, Woods, Angela & Fernyhough, Charles Oxford University Press. 153-160.
- Garratt, P. (2020). The Victorian Extended Mind: George Eliot, Psychology, and the Bounds of Cognition. In Distributed Cognition in Victorian Culture and Modernism. Anderson, M. Garratt, P. & Sprevak, M. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
- Garratt, Peter (2019). Out of Breath: Respiratory Aesthetics from Ruskin to Vernon Lee. In Reading Breath in Literature. Rose, Arthur Palgrave Macmillan.
- Garratt, Peter (2017). On Entanglings: Disciplines, Materiality and Distributed Cognition. In Minding Borders: Resilient Divisions in Literature, the Body and the Academy. Nicola Gardini, Adriana X. Jacobs, Ben Morgan, Mohamed-Salah Omri & Matthew Reynolds Oxford: Legenda. 150-168.
- Garratt, Peter (2017). Scientific Literary Criticism. In The Routledge Research Companion to Nineteenth-Century British Literature and Science. Holmes, John & Ruston, Sharon Farnham: London & New York: Routledge. 115-127.
- Garratt, Peter (2016). Cognitive Science and Critical Theory. In The Edinburgh Companion to Critical Theory. Sim, Stuart Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. 456-473.
- Garratt, Peter (2016). The Cognitive Humanities: Whence and Whither? In The Cognitive Humanities: Embodied Mind in Literature and Culture. Garratt, Peter Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 1-15.
- Garratt, Peter (2016). Victorian Literary Aesthetics and Mental Pathology. In The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities. Whitehead, Anne, Woods, Angela, Atkinson, Sarah, Macnaughton, Jane & Richards, Jenny Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. 428-443.
- Garratt, Peter (2015). Sublime Transport: Ruskin, Travel and the Art of Speed. In Travel Writing, Visual Culture and Form, 1760-1900. Murray, Brian & Henes, Mary Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 194-212.
- Garratt, Peter & Whiteley, Giles (2023). Nineteenth-Century British Literature and Philosophy, vol II: 1830-1872. Routledge.
- Anderson, Miranda, Garratt, Peter & Sprevak, Mark (2020). Distributed Cognition in Victorian Culture and Modernism. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
- Garratt, Peter (2016). The Cognitive Humanities: Embodied Mind in Literature and Culture. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Garratt, Peter (2016). Romantic Refractions: Light Effects in Ruskin's Poetry. Romanticism 22(3): 279-288.
- Bloomfield, Mandy, Garratt, Peter, Mackay, Deborah, Richardson, Angelique, Spector, Tim & Temple, Karen (2015). Beyond the Gene: Roundtable Discussion. Textual Practice 29(3): 415-432.
- Garratt, Peter (2015). Voices and the Imaginative Ear. The Lancet 386 (10010): 2248-2249.
- Garratt, Peter (2012). Moving Worlds: Fictionality and Illusion After Coleridge. Literature Compass 9(11): 752-763.
- Garratt, Peter (2012). Death and Variations: North and South and the Work of Adaptation. The Gaskell Journal 26: 73-87.
- Garratt, Peter (2009). 'That Old Glasgow Suit': Middlemarch, Scotland and the Universities. George Eliot - George Henry Lewes Studies 56-57: 49-61.
- Garratt, Peter (2009). Ruskin's Modern Painters and the Visual Language of Reality. Journal of Victorian Culture 14(1): 53-71.
- Garratt, Peter (2014). Hearing voices allowed Charles Dickens to create extraordinary fictional worlds. The Guardian (22 August 2014).
- Garratt, Peter (2020). Introduction, Last Words: Poetry and Readings, Flame Tree/Simon & Schuster.
- Garratt, Peter (2019). Introduction, On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin, Flame Tree/Simon & Schuster.
- Garratt, Peter (2019). Foreword, Short Stories from the Age of Queen Victoria, Flame Tree/Simon & Schuster.