Dr Waithe's first book, William Morris’s Utopia of Strangers: Victorian Medievalism and the Ideal of Hospitality (2006) explored Victorian interest in the treatment of strangers, in the light of literary, architectural and political efforts to define the limits of the good society. He has published articles on Victorian non-fiction prose, as well as nineteenth and twentieth-century poetry, in Essays in Criticism, Victorian Studies, English, Textual Practice, The Yearbook of English Studies and PN Review.
He has also pursued specialist research on John Ruskin’s museology, and in this capacity is the project leader of an online museum, which uses Victorian photographs to ‘reconstruct’ the appearance of Ruskin’s museum for Sheffield artisans.
Two co-edited volumes are forthcoming: The Labour of Literature in Britain and France, 1830-1930: Authorial Work Ethics, ed. by Marcus Waithe and Claire White (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017); and Thinking through Style: Non-Fiction Prose of the Long Nineteenth Century, ed. by Michael Hurley and Marcus Waithe (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018).
Dr Waithe is completing a book that combines his interests in intellectual history and literary form: entitled The Work of Words: Literature and the Labour of Mind in Britain, 1830-1930, it investigates authorial anxiety about the value of literary endeavour, and considers the strategies employed by writers who sought to evince 'useful' labour by making their words ‘work’ on the page.