Dr Isobel Hurst

Staff details

Position Lecturer in English
Email i.hurst (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 7919 7466

BA (Hons) Classics and English, M.Phil. in English Studies, 1830-1900, D.Phil., University of Oxford; Postdoctoral Junior Research Fellow, Institute of Hellenic and Roman Studies, University of Bristol, 2003-4; Tutor, Universities of Oxford and Warwick, 2004-6; Research Assistant, Reception of the Texts and Images of Ancient Greece in Late Twentieth-Century Drama and Poetry, Open University, 2006; Visiting Assistant Professor, Marlboro College, Vermont, 2006-7; at Goldsmiths since 2007.


  • BA: Literature of the Victorian Period; Explorations in Literature; Literary London; Sensibility and Romanticism
  • MA: Writing the Mediterranean; Nineteenth-Century Literature: Romanticisms 

Areas of supervision

Nineteenth-century fiction and poetry; the reception of classical texts in English literature; translation and contemporary poetry

Research Interests

My research interests are in 19th- and 20th-century poetry and fiction, women's writing, and the reception of classical epic and tragedy. 



Hurst, Isobel. 2006. Victorian Women Writers and the Classics: The Feminine of Homer. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0199283516

Book Section

Hurst, Isobel. 2020. ‘What’s the Roman Republic to me, or I to the Roman Republic?’: Victorian Classicism and the Italian Risorgimento. In: Barbara Goff and Michael Simpson, eds. Classicising Crisis: The Modern Age of Revolutions and the Greco-Roman Repertoire. Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN 9780815361770

Hurst, Isobel. 2019. Monologue and Dialogue: The Odyssey in Contemporary Women’s Poetry. In: Fiona Cox and Elena Theodorakopoulos, eds. Homer's Daughters. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198802587

Hurst, Isobel. 2019. Plutarch and the Victorians. In: Sophia Xenophontos and Katerina Oikonomopoulou, eds. Brill's Companion to the Reception of Plutarch. Leiden: Brill, pp. 564-572. ISBN 9789004409446

Hurst, Isobel. 2019. Nineteenth-century Literary and Artistic Responses to Roman Decadence. In: Jane H. Desmarais and David Weir, eds. Decadence and Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 47-65. ISBN 9781108426244

Hurst, Isobel. 2019. Classics in Education after 1880. In: Kenneth Haynes, ed. The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature: Volume 5: After 1880. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 23-41. ISBN 9780199585106

Hurst, Isobel. 2018. From Epic to Monologue: Tennyson and Homer. In: Silvio Bär and Emily Hauser, eds. Reading Poetry, Writing Genre: English Poetry and Literary Criticism in Dialogue with Classical Scholarship. London: Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 117-137. ISBN 9781350039322

Hurst, Isobel. 2017. 'Tragedy in the disguise of mirth': Robert Browning, George Eliot and Wilde. In: Kathleen Riley; Alastair J. L. Blanshard and Iarla Manny, eds. Oscar Wilde and Classical Antiquity. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 127-140. ISBN 9780198789260

Hurst, Isobel. 2017. Pater as Professional Classicist. In: Charles Martindale; Stefano Evangelista and Elizabeth Prettejohn, eds. Pater the Classicist: Classical Scholarship, Reception, and Aestheticism. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 33-46. ISBN 9780198723417

Hurst, Isobel. 2015. Freedom to Invent: Graves’s Iconoclastic Approach to Antiquity. In: Alisdair Gibson, ed. Robert Graves and the Classical Tradition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 201-220. ISBN 9780198738053

Hurst, Isobel. 2015. Elizabeth Barrett Browning. In: Norman Vance and Jennifer Wallace, eds. Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature, Vol. 4: 1780-1880. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 449-470. ISBN 9780199594603

Hurst, Isobel. 2015. Arthur Hugh Clough. In: Norman Vance and Jennifer Wallace, eds. Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature, Vol. 4: 1780-1880. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 495-508. ISBN 978-0199594603

Hurst, Isobel. 2013. Victorian Poetry and the Classics. In: Matthew Bevis, ed. The Oxford Handbook of Victorian Poetry. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 149-165. ISBN 978-0-19-957646-3

Hurst, Isobel. 2009. 'We’ll all be Penelopes then': Art and Domesticity in American Women’s Poetry, 1958-1996. In: S. J. Harrison, ed. Living Classics: Greece and Rome in Contemporary Poetry in English. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 275-294. ISBN 978 0 19 923373 1

Hurst, Isobel. 2007. 'Reanimating the Romans: Mary Shelley's Response to Roman Ruins'. In: Richard Wrigley, ed. Regarding Romantic Rome. Oxford: Peter Lang, pp. 125-136. ISBN 978-3-03911-120-6

Hurst, Isobel. 2007. 'A fleet of … inexperienced Argonauts': Oxford women and the Classics, 1873-1920. In: Christopher Stray, ed. Oxford Classics: Teaching and Learning 1800-2000. Duckworth, pp. 14-27. ISBN 9781472537829

Hurst, Isobel. 2005. 'The Feminine of Homer': Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Casa Guidi Windows. In: Rachel Langford, ed. Depicting desire : gender, sexuality and the family in nineteenth century Europe : literary and artistic perspectives. 21 Oxford: Peter Lang, pp. 181-196. ISBN 978-3-03910-321-8


Hurst, Isobel. 2012. The Historical Novel. Victorian Literature, Oxford Bibliographies Online: Victorian Literature,

Hurst, Isobel. 2012. 'Love and blackmail': Demeter and Persephone. Classical Receptions Journal, 4(2), pp. 176-189. ISSN 1759-5134

Hurst, Isobel. 2011. Classical Daughters: Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Margaret Fuller. Women's Studies, 40(4), pp. 448-468. ISSN 00497878

Hurst, Isobel. 2010. Victorian Literature and the Reception of Greece and Rome. Literature Compass, 7(6), pp. 484-495.

Hurst, Isobel. 2010. Ancient and Modern Women in the Woman’s World. Victorian Studies, 52(1), pp. 42-51. ISSN 0042-5222

Hurst, Isobel. 2005. 'Maenads dancing before the Martyrs' memorial': Oxford women writers and the classical tradition. International Journal of the Classical Tradition, 12(2), pp. 163-182. ISSN 1073-0508