Linda received a B.A. Hons. in English Studies with Scottish Literature from the University of Stirling in 2004, and an MSc in Nation, Writing, Culture from the University of Edinburgh in 2005.
In 2006, she was awarded a PhD studentship by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Her doctoral thesis, which was completed in September 2009, provided the first major investigation into the genesis and execution of Thomas Carlyle’s Frederick the Great. Part of her remit involved working closely with the team involved in the Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle project.
Linda’s main area of interest is the Victorian period, focusing in particular on Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle. She is currently working as a part-time research assistant for the Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle team which is based at the University of Edinburgh. Part of this research involves sourcing and checking the original manuscripts of the vast numbers of letters written by the Carlyles to a variety of recipients, as well as researching the extensive secondary material referred to in these letters. Linda is especially interested in material in the letters of Thomas Carlyle that relates to his comprehensive research on Frederick the Great, the second King of Prussia, who reigned from 1740 until his death in 1786.
Linda is also interested in the national fiction of James Hogg, primarily in his three collections of short fiction, Tales of the Wars of Montrose, The Shepherd’s Calendar and Winter Evening Tales. In addition, she is keen to explore further Hogg’s relationship with the media in the Romantic period.
Linda is currently teaching Scottish Literature at the University of Edinburgh and is a member of SWINC (Scottish Writing in the Nineteenth Century) and the Carlyle Society, both of which are organised by the English Literature Department at the University of Edinburgh, as well as the James Hogg Society which is hosted by the Department of English Studies at the University of Stirling.
This article was published on Sep 12, 2011