We sat down with Sarah Bull in April to discuss her Spring 2012 Victorian Review article “Purveyor of Garbage? Charles Carrington and the Marketing of Sexual Science in Late-Victorian Britain.” Her work examines the relationship between nineteenth century pornographic and sexual science texts. In her article, she argues that Charles Carrington, the preeminent producer of these texts, “perceived that science and pornography’s overlapping terrain” was quietly acknowledged by readers (56).
We asked Sarah about her new research:
She also shared what she thinks is the exciting development or new direction in Victorian Studies:
Sarah Bull is a graduate student at Simon Fraser University in BC’s Lower Mainland. Her dissertation “examines how, why, and to what effect sexual-scientific works circulated through the Victorian pornography trade,” under the supervision of Colette Colligan. Ms. Bull’s research interests include the history of science, Victorian literature, history of sexuality, and obscenity studies. Sarah Bull is the 2013 Victorian Review Editors Prize winner for her article “Purveyor of Garbage? Charles Carrington and the Marketing of Sexual Science in Late-Victorian Britain.”
– Sabrina Schoch, Constance Crompton, and Ruth Knechtel