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Inga Bryden is Professor of Cultural History and Head of Research Environment and Impact in Research and Innovation. Previously she was Head of Research and Knowledge Exchange in the Faculty of Arts. Before her appointment at Winchester she taught at Exeter University, and she also undertook research and voluntary work in Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu, India, between 1999 and 2003. Her research interests span literary, visual, and material cultures, with a focus on interdisciplinary ways of interpreting places and spaces

She has published several books as well as a range of chapters and articles on subjects such as graffiti and urban space; the Victorian Arthurian Revival; literature and architecture, and the representation of domestic interiors.

In 2000 Professor Bryden curated the exhibition Pichhavai Paintings (shown at the British Council, New Delhi, and the Royal Commonwealth Society, London). She has presented papers at over 40 conferences in the UK and abroad, and given public talks at national societies, museums, and to cultural and artistic networks.

Professor Bryden has served on international panels reviewing grant applications for the Academy of Finland's Research Council for Culture and Society (2016-2018; 2021) and The Trans-Atlantic Platform for Social Sciences and Humanities (Social Innovation Call (2019)).


Areas of expertise

  • Literature and culture, from Victorian Britain to the contemporary
  • Medievalism
  • Visual and material cultures
  • Cultural geography (urban and domestic)
  • Architecture, literature and culture



  • Reinventing King Arthur: The Arthurian Legends in Victorian Culture (Ashgate, 2005)
  • Domestic Space: Reading the Nineteenth-Century Interior, ed. with J. Floyd (MUP, 1999)
  • The Pre-Raphaelites: Writings and Sources, ed., 4 vols (Routledge, 1998)


  • `Lockdown Portraits: Resituating the Self' in Interiors in the Era of Covid: Interior Design between the Public and Private Realms, eds P. Sparke, E. Ioannidou, P. Kirkham, S. Knott and J. Scholze (Bloomsbury, 2023)
  • `Tennyson and the Return of King Arthur' in The Oxford Handbook of Victorian Medievalism, eds J. Parker and C. Wagner (OUP, 2020)
  • `"Stop leaning against the wall - it's wet!" (BANKSY): Writing on the Wall and Urban Space' in The Routledge Companion on Architecture, Literature and The City, ed. J. Charley (Routledge, 2019)
  • `The Book, the Napkin Ring and the Salad Bowl: Creating the Perfect Kitchen (or Not)' in Domestic Imaginaries: Navigating the Home in Global Literary and Visual Cultures, eds B. Harper and H. Price (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)
  • `"There are different ways of making the streets tell": Narrative, Urban Space and Orientation' in Writing the Modern City: Literature, Architecture and Modernity, eds S. Edwards and J. Charley (Routledge, 2012)
  • `Mapping the Urban Sensorium; Marking the "Non-u-Mental"' in Cartographies of Culture: Memory, Space, Representation, eds W. Kalaga and M. Kubisz (Peter Lang, 2010)
  • `Arthur in Victorian Poetry' in A Companion to Arthurian Literature, ed. H. Fulton (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009)
  • `Cut `n' Slash: Remodelling the Freakish Female Form' in Controversies in Body Theology, eds L. Isherwood and M. Altheus Reid (SCM, 2008)
  • `Travel, Food and Misshapen Identity' in Mapping Appetite: Essays on Food, Fiction and Culture, eds J. Nyman and P. Gallardo (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007)
  • `Monstrous Metropolis' in Monsters and the Monstrous, eds P. Yoder and P. Mario Kreuter (Interdisciplinary Press, 2004)
  • `The Arthurian Legacy' in The Arthur of the English, ed. W.R.J. Barron (University of Wales Press, 1999)
  • `The Mythical Image: Thomas Chatterton, King Arthur and Heraldry' in Thomas Chatterton and Romantic Culture, ed. N. Groom (Macmillan, 1999)
  • `Reinventing Origins: The Victorian Arthur and Racial Myth' in The Victorians and Race, ed. S. West (Scolar Press, 1996)

Refereed articles

  • `Material Cultures of Domestic Interiors: India', International Encyclopedia of Housing and Home, vol. 4, eds S. Smith, M. Elsinga et al (Elsevier, 2012)
  • `All Dressed Up: Revivalism and the Fashion for Arthur in Victorian Culture', Arthuriana, special issue Popular Victorian Arthuriana, ed. A. Lupack, vol. 21, no. 2 (2011)
  • `Crossing the Street: Literature and Urban Space', Working with English in association with HEA English Subject Centre, special issue Crossing the Divides, vol. 5, no. 1 (Dec 2009)
  • `Constructing the Haveli as Home', Cultural Geographies, vol. 11, no. 1 (Arnold, 2004)
  • `Victorian Culture and Prose', The Year's Work in English Studies, vols 73-76 (Blackwell, 1995-98)
  • `Arthur as Artefact: Concretizing the Fictions of the Past', Angelaki, special issue Narratives of Forgery, ed. N. Groom, vol. 1, no. 2 (1994)

Peer-reviewed conference proceedings

  • `Belief in Burberry: How a Fashion Business Reinvents its Iconic Status', with S. Bartlett and D. Birks, International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes Journal (2014)


  • `Managing the Field: An Overview of Regulations for Creative or Practice-based Doctorates' in J. Boyce-Tillman et al, PaR for the Course: Issues Involved in the Development of Practice-Based Doctorates in the Performing Arts (HEA, 2012)

Performances, Exhibitions and Installations

?Curated exhibitions

  • Pichhavai Paintings (British Council, New Delhi, Sept-Oct 2000; Royal Commonwealth Society, London, Oct-Dec 2000) With exhibition catalogue.?
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