Senior Lecturer in English Literature
Department of English, History & Creative Writing
- Main Building, Stanley 5A
I joined Edge Hill as an Associate Tutor in 2004 and am now Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Literature. I gained a first degree in English at Edge Hill followed by an MA in Contemporary Literary Studies from Lancaster University. I have a PhD from Lancaster University for an Arts Council funded study of Neo-Victorian fiction. I have led a wide variety of courses on contemporary literature at Edge Hill and also taught an extensive range of modules on nineteenth-century literature. I have a new second year module on Contemporary American Fiction that is offered to students for the first time in 2017. In addition, I am an established team-teaching member for two large first year literature modules at the University. I am also Level Six Year Tutor.
The main focus of my academic research is Neo-Victorian fiction and my publications in this area include a 2014 book, Epistolary Encounters in Neo-Victorian Fiction: Diaries and Letters. My research reaches a range of contemporary literature audiences ranging from international Gothic to middle-brow women’s writing. I have published essays on literary theory, mid-twentieth-century women writers, American fiction, and Neo-Victorian and the Gothic. I have recently contributed a book chapter on the materiality of letter writing in a digital age and another on postcards in the fiction of American writer, Annie Proulx. My new research project is an investigation of letter strategies in Twentieth-Century Women Writers’ fiction. This research is taking shape with delivery of a conference paper on Muriel Spark this year and an honorarium award for a talk on Barbara Pym at Harvard University in 2018.
Epistolary Encounters in Neo-Victorian Fiction: Diaries and Letters (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)
Chapters in Edited Collection
‘Wish I was There: Economies of Communication in Annie Proulx’s Postcards and ‘Brokeback Mountain’’, in The Epistolary Renaissance: a Handbook to Contemporary Letter Narratives in Anglophone Fiction, ed. By Maria Löschnigg and Rebekka Schuh (Berlin, Boston: DeGruyter, 2017). In process.
‘‘Traced azure on her hand’: The Material Trace of Handwriting in Neo-Victorian fiction’, in Fluidities and Transformations: (Neo)Victorianisms in the Twenty-First Century, ed. by Rosario Arias (London: Routledge, 2016). In process.
‘A Deviant Device: Diary Dissembling in Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace’, in The Female Figure in Contemporary Historical Fiction, ed. by Katherine Cooper and Emma Short (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)
‘Fatal Words and Dead Secrets: Rediscovering the Sensational Document’, in Neo-Victorian Gothic: Horror, Imagination, and Degeneration in the Re-imagined Nineteenth Century, ed. by Marie-Luise Kohlke and Christian Gutleben (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2012)
Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
‘A Carefully Worded Postcard: Epistolary Economy in the Novels of Barbara Pym’, Women: A Cultural Review 25 (2014), 731-83
‘Diary as Queer Malady: Deflecting the Gaze in Sarah Waters’s Affinity’, Neo-Victorian Studies, 2 (2009/10), 65-85
‘Authenticity and Author[ity] in Contemporary American Fiction’, 21: Journal of Contemporary and Innovative Fiction, 1 (2008/09), 31-48
Neo-Victorian Trauma: The Politics of Bearing Witness, ed. by Marie-Luise Kohlke and Christian Gutleben, Oscholars, 1 October 2012
‘New Historicism and Christina Rossetti’s ‘Goblin Market’’, The Virtual Theorist, Birmingham City University in association with the Higher Education Academy. July 2013
May 2017 ‘Subversive Letters: Waiting for the post (modern) in Muriel Spark’s early fiction’, British Women’s Writing between 1930 and 1960: ‘Influences and Connectivity’, University of Chichester
May 2015 ‘‘How it felt to turn the rippled pages’: Mapping Materiality in the Neo-Victorian fiction of Andrea Barrett’, Material Traces of the Past in Contemporary Literature, University of Malaga
July 2013 ‘‘A Carefully Worded Postcard’: Epistolary Economy in the Novels of Barbara Pym’, The Barbara Pym Centenary Conference, University of Central Lancashire
July 2013 ‘‘Treated carefully, wrapped in paper, secured with twine’: Materiality and Documents in Neo-Victorian Fiction’, Neo-Victorian Cultures: The Victorians Today, Liverpool John Moores University
April 2011 ‘Living Words: Epistolary Pleasures in A. S. Byatt’s Possession: A Romance’, Neo-Victorian Art and Aestheticism, Hull University
April 2010 ‘Through a Critical Looking Glass: Diary Disorder in Katie Roiphe’s Still She Haunts Me’, Fashioning the Neo-Victorian, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
July 2009 ‘Lewis Carroll and the Curious Theatre of Modern Monstrosity’, Monstrous Media/Spectral Subjects, Lancaster University
July 2009 ‘Diary Dissent in Mick Jackson’s The Underground Man’, English Research Forum, Edge Hill University
June 2009 ‘A Deviant Device: Diary Dissembling in Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace’ Echoes of the Past: Women, History and Memory in Fiction and Film, Newcastle University
June 2009 ‘A Dissident Diarist: The Superfluous Other in Mick Jackson’s The Underground Man’, The Other Nineteenth Century, Chester University
Sep 2008 ‘Open me carefully and tell it slant: Letters and the Victorian Body in A. S. Byatt’s Possession: A Romance’, Bodies and Things: Victorian Literature and the Matter of Culture, Oxford University
March 2008 ‘Epistolary Geometry in Sarah Waters’s Affinity’, Adapting the Nineteenth Century: Revisiting, Revising and Rewriting the Past, University of Wales Lampeter
March 2008 ‘Epistolary in Sarah Waters’s Affinity’, The Idea of the New: Discovery, Expression and Reception, University College London
May 2006 ‘Authenticity and Author[ity] in Contemporary American Fiction’, The Short Story Conference, Edge Hill University