Celine Frohn

School of English

Research Student

  • MA Cultural History, Utrecht University, 2016,
  • BA Cultural Studies, Tilburg University, 2015
Research interests
  • Popular literature
  • Body history
  • Gender theory;
  • Sensational fiction
  • Nineteenth century history

My research proposal focuses on penny bloods – cheap serialized stories filled with adventures, conspiracies, and blood – which were published between 1830 and 1850.

Penny bloods were read almost exclusively by a working-class audience, and has therefore long been overlooked by literary historians. In the last few years there has been increased academic attention for the periodicals the working class read, and this project will contribute to that movement.

My goal is therefore to investigate whether in the penny bloods of the 1830s and 1840s a remnant of the eighteenth-century way of thinking about gender and sexual difference is presented, or whether these scenes should be understood in another way. I aim to do this by looking at dressing up, assuming roles, and the masquerade within these stories.

Research group


  • Prof. Andrew Smith
  • Dr John Miller
  • Elisabeth Brandenburg Memorial Fund (NL)
  • Muller Fonds (NL)
  • Fundatie van Renswoude (NL)
  • Stichting Niemeijer Fonds (NL)
Professional activities and memberships
  • Celine Frohn, “Perfectly Hideous or Hideously Perfect? A Short History of the Vampire Body in Literature,” presented at Talking Bodies 2017, held 19-22 April in Chester, United Kingdom.