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Research interests

Pam's research interests focus on Victorian literature and the history of drink and drinking. In 2019, she successfully completed her PhD on 'The Habitual Drunkard in Victorian Fiction and Culture', supervised by Samantha Matthews. Chapters include work on the Brontes, Dickens, Eliot, Collins, Ellen Wood, Trollope, and Hardy covering themes such as alcoholism, suicide, medicine, identity, gender and class.  Her thesis was sponsored by the Vice-Chancellor's Initiative Fund. 



Pam Lock teaches on the part time BA in English Literature and Community Engagement and oversees the literary short courses programme at Bristol. 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 very successul programme of Writers' Retreats at the University of Bristol (https://writingwithpam.wordpress.com/) for postgraduates and academics. She also delivers writing courses as an Associate Trainer for Thinkwrite (http://www.thinkwrite.biz/courses/) and for Tracey Stead Development Ltd (http://www.traceystead.co.uk/). 

Other activities

  • Pam is the Communications Officer for the Drinking Studies Network (https://drinkingstudies.wordpress.com/) and the co-organiser of the related 'Women and Alcohol' research cluster.
  • 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

Communications Officer, Drinking Studies Network

6 May 2016 → …


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