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Dr Peter Garratt

Associate Professor

BA (Hons), MSc, PhD

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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.

Research Grants
  • 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)

Research interests

  • Victorian fiction
  • History of criticism
  • Nineteenth-century philosophy and psychology
  • Mind, consciousness, cognition


Authored book

  • Garratt, Peter (2010). Victorian Empiricism: Self, Knowledge and Reality in Ruskin, Bain, Lewes, Spencer and George Eliot. Madison, N.J.: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.

Chapter in book

Edited book

  • 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.

Journal Article

Newspaper/Magazine Article

  • Garratt, Peter (2014). Hearing voices allowed Charles Dickens to create extraordinary fictional worlds. The Guardian (22 August 2014).

Other (Print)

  • 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.

Supervision students