Assistant Professor in Nineteenth-Century Literature.

I joined the School of English at Trinity as an Assistant Professor in 19th-Century Popular Literature in 2014, having previously taught at Queen’s University Belfast and having held an IRC Post-Doctoral research fellowship at Trinity in 2012-2013.

I contribute to the core course of the Popular Literature M.Phil and offer the option module “Nineteenth-Century Detective Fiction: The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes.”

My major research interest lies in the field of late-nineteenth century popular fiction, particularly crime and detective fiction. More broadly, I am interested in book history and periodical culture.  I have had a number of articles on Victorian crime fiction published in journals such as Victorian Periodicals Review, Victorian Literature and Culture, and CLUES; A Journal of Detection. My first monograph Late-Victorian Crime Fiction in the Shadows of Sherlock (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) was the winner of the HRF Keating Award for best non-fiction crime book 2013-15.




  • British Detective Fiction at the Fin de Siecle: the Rivals of Sherlock Holmes. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017/8. Forthcoming.
  • Late Victorian Crime Fiction in the Shadows of Sherlock. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

‘This rigorous and passionate book will make you want to sprint to Project Gutenberg in search of the texts, as well as give you a keen appreciation of just why Victorian magazine editors vied to find the next Arthur Conan Doyle.’ – Times Higher Education

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

  • “Something for the silly season”: Policing and the Press in Israel Zangwill’s The Big Bow Mystery (1891). Victorian Periodicals Review 48.1 (Spring 2015): 121-137.
  •  “Imperial Rogues: reverse colonization fears in Pearson’s Magazine 1897, Guy Boothby’s A Prince of Swindlers, and late-Victorian detective fiction.” Victorian Literature and Culture 41.3 (Fall 2013): 527-545.
  • “Horace Dorrington, criminal detective: investigating the re-emergence of the rogue in Arthur Morrison’s The Dorrington Deed-Box (1897).” Clues: A Journal of Detection 28.2(Autumn 2010): 7-18.
  • Clues 28.2 article Clare Clarke
  • 48.1.clarke VPR Zangwill article
  • Victorian Literature and Culture 41 Clare Clarke

Book Chapters:

  • “Holmes, Doyle, and Victorian Publishing.” The Cambridge Companion to Sherlock Holmes. Ed. Janice M. Allan and Christopher Pittard. Cambridge University Press, 2017. Forthcoming.
  • “Charlotte Riddell.” Lost Souls. Ed. Bernice M. Murphy and Elizabeth McCarthy. McFarland, 2016. Forthcoming.
  • “Nordic Noir: Jo Nesbo.” Twenty-First Century Popular Fiction. Ed. Bernice M. Murphy and Stephen Matterson. Edinburgh University Pres, 2017. Forthcoming.
  • “L.T. Meade, Detective Fiction, and The Strand.” The Edinburgh History of Women and Print Media, 1830-1900. Eds. Alexis Easley, Clare Gill, and Beth Rodgers. Edinburgh University Press, 2017.
  • “Professionalism and the Cultural Politics of Work in the Sherlock Holmes stories.” Kate MacDonald, ed. The Masculine Middlebrow 1880-1940. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. 73-90. ISBN-13: 978-0230290792



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