Dr Isabel Seidel
Dr Isabel Seidel

Dr Isabel Seidel

MA (Dresden), MLitt (Aberdeen), PhD (Aberdeen)

School Administration Assistant

F50 Edward Wright Building
Old Aberdeen Campus
Dunbar Street
AB24 3QY

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I joined the University of Aberdeen as a postgraduate student on the MLitt in The Novel in 2008 and was awarded my PhD in English Literature in 2014. In my PhD thesis I examined the reviews of three Victorian novelists – George Eliot, Geraldine Jewsbury and Margaret Oliphant – and showed how the reviews of the nineteenth-century British novel by these three women helped shape the methods and the discourse of literary criticism at the time and beyond.

Since the completion of my studies I have held various administrative and teaching positions at the University. I joined the School of Social Science in my current post as administrative assistant in 2016. Since 2019 I have been teaching on the Level 1 Sociology courses.


  • PhD English Literature 
    2014 - University of Aberdeen 
  • MLitt The Novel 
    2009 - University of Aberdeen 
  • MA British Literature & Cultural Studies, Spanish Literature, and Philosophy 
    2004 - Technische Universit├Ąt (TU) Dresden, Germany 

Research Overview

My research interests include the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century novel, women’s writing, literary criticism and novel theory, periodical and publishing culture, the sociology of literature, interdisciplinary studies on gender, identity, work, food, and the environment.