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Dr Pam Lock

B.A.(Wales), MA

  • BS8 1TB


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Personal profile

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 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 ( for postgraduates and academics. She also delivers writing courses as an Associate Trainer for Thinkwrite ( and for Tracey Stead Development Ltd ( 

Other activities

  • Pam is the Communications Officer for the Drinking Studies Network (
  • 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 <>

External positions

Communications Officer, Drinking Studies Network

6 May 2016 → …

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Research Output

Disfigured by Drink: Gothic deformity and extreme drinking in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island

Lock, P., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Transgressive Appetites. Milan: Mimesis, (Anglosophia- Studies in English Literature and Culture).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book

Hindley’s ‘reckless dissipation’: Making Drunkenness Public in Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights

Lock, P., 2 Jan 2019, In : Bronte Studies. 44, 1, p. 68-81 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Book Review: A History of Drink and the English, 1500-2000

    Lock, P., May 2017, In : Reviews in History. 2110.

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • Activities

    • 5 Invited talk
    • 1 Publication peer-review

    Alcohol, Stigma, and Disability

    Pam Lock (Participant)

    13 Sep 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk

    Social History of Alcohol and Drugs (Journal)

    Pam Lock (Editor)

    1 Jan 20171 Jul 2017

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

    Transgressive Appetites

    Pam Lock (Participant)

    23 Nov 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk