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Research interests

Pam's research interests focus on 19th Century literature and the history of drink and drinking. Her British Library short story collection, Dead Drunk, was published in 2023. Her first monograph, The Drunkard in Victorian Fiction and Culture is expected from Edinburgh University Press in 2024. Chapters include discussions of the Brontes, Dickens, Eliot, Collins, Ellen Wood, Trollope, and Hardy covering themes such as alcoholism, suicide, medicine, identity, gender and class.  Her PhD thesis, on which this book will be based, was sponsored by the Vice-Chancellor's Initiative Fund.

Pam is Co-I on the NCN sponsored project 'Between the Drunken 'Mother of Destruction' and the Sober 'Angel of the House'. Hidden Representations of Women's Drinking in Polish and British Public Discourses in the Second Half of the 19th Century',  which was developed and lead with Dr Dorota Dias-Lewandowska from the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology, Polish Academy of Sciences. 


Pam Lock teaches on the part time BA in English Literature and Community Engagement and the full-time English BA and oversees the literary short courses programme at Bristol. She currently leads the following units as Unit Coordinator: 

  • Introduction to Critical Theory and Thought (Year 1, ELCE)
  • The Short Story (Year 2, ELCE)
  • Drinking in the Words (Year 2, full-time BA)
  • Period Unit 3, 1785-1900 (Year 5, ELCE)
  • Dissertation (Year 6, ELCE; Literature and Community Engagement elements)

She also teaches on the 'Living with Dying' unit for Year 2 medical students in the Faculty of Health Sciences.

In the past, she has taught in the English Literature and History departments as follows: 

  • Critical Issues (English Literature)
  • LRU - Drink: A History (History)

Since 2014, Pam has developed a programme of Writers' Retreats at the University of Bristol (https://writingwithpam.wordpress.com/) for postgraduates and academics. 

Other activities

  • Pam is one of the co-Directors of the Drinking Studies Network and the co-organiser of the DSN 'Women and Alcohol' research cluster.
  • Pam co-leads the Drinking Studies Faculty Research Group with Mark Hailwood (History)
  • Pam was Associate Editor for alcohol-related submissions on the Social History of Alcohol and Drugs journal 2021-23. 
  • Pam worked with Professor Steven Earnshaw, Sheffield Hallam, on a project to digitise the journal Dionysos: the literature and intoxication triquarterly which can now be found in full at <http://teaching.shu.ac.uk/ds/sle/Dionysos.htm>

External positions

Co-Director, Drinking Studies Network

1 Jun 2021 → …

Communications Officer, Drinking Studies Network

6 May 20161 Jun 2021


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