Senior Lecturer in English Literature
Department of English, History & Creative Writing
- Main Building, Stanley 5A
After gaining a first-class degree in English at Edge Hill followed by an MA with Distinction in Contemporary Literary Studies from Lancaster University, I was awarded a PhD from Lancaster University for an Arts Council funded study of Neo-Victorian fiction. I have taught English at Edge Hill since 2004. As Senior Lecturer, I teach a variety of contemporary literature courses and lead modules on Modernisms; Contemporary British Literature; Contemporary American Literature; Crime Fiction; and a course entitled Postmodern Histories: Story and Memory. I am Module Leader for the second and third-year dissertation courses and I am also Level Six Year Tutor.
Publications in my primary specialist research area explore contemporary responses to the Victorians and include a monograph entitled, Epistolary Encounters in Neo-Victorian Fiction: Diaries and Letters, a book chapter on Neo-Victorian Gothic, and a journal article on the materiality of letters and handwriting in a digital age. I am currently researching contemporary representations of Victorian women, science, and botany within fiction. My wider research reaches a range of contemporary literature audiences, with various publications on literary theory; American fiction; and mid-twentieth-century women writers. My research specialism in letter strategies continues to fascinate me and I have published essays on postcards in the fiction of American writer, Annie Proulx, and also postcards in the work of mid-twentieth-century writer, Barbara Pym. I presented a keynote lecture on this writer at Harvard University in 2018. My additional current leading research focus explores the Modernist writer, Katherine Mansfield, and I have recently published an article examining letters in Mansfield’s short fiction. I am Editor of Tinakori: The Critical Journal of the Katherine Mansfield Society, which is an online, peer-reviewed academic journal committed to publishing innovative and rigorous research into one of the most significant women authors of the early twentieth century.
Epistolary Encounters in Neo-Victorian Fiction: Diaries and Letters (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)
‘Mysterious epistles’: Letters Home in Katherine Mansfield’s Short Stories’, Journal of New Zealand Studies, 38 (2020), 15-35.
‘Faded Ink: The Material Trace of Handwriting in Neo-Victorian Fiction’, Victoriographies, 9 (2019), 242-258.
‘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
Chapters in Edited Collections
‘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), pp. 107-22
‘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), pp. 60-75
‘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), pp. 279-300
‘Love’, in Katherine Mansfield’, Tinakori: Critical Journal of the Katherine Mansfield Society (2021), Summer 2021
‘Home, Space and Belonging’, Tinakori: Critical Journal of the Katherine Mansfield Society 4 (2020), 1-5. <https://www.katherinemansfieldsociety.org/tinakori/>
‘Hosts of odd, old-fashioned things’, in The Wilkie Collins Journal, 17 (2019), n. p.
Guest Editors, Kym Brindle and Laura Eastlake of Volume 17 Special Issue: ‘Materiality in Wilkie Collins and his Contemporaries’, The Wilkie Collins Journal, 17 (2019)
Co-editor of Praxis: English, History, and Creative Writing at Edge Hill University. Vol 1, 2018/19 and Vol 2, 2019/20
‘New Historicism and Christina Rossetti’s ‘Goblin Market’’, The Virtual Theorist, Birmingham City University in association with the Higher Education Academy. July 2013
Neo-Victorian Trauma: The Politics of Bearing Witness, ed. by Marie-Luise Kohlke and Christian Gutleben, Oscholars, 1 October 2012
Select Conference Papers
May 2019 ‘“Truth is often terribly thin, don’t you think?”: Neo-Victorian pastiche and Golden Age detective fiction’, (Neo-)Victorian Orientations in the Twenty First Century, University of Malaga
June 2018 ‘Mysterious epistles’: Private space and letter reading in ‘All Serene’ and ‘Marriage à la Mode’, Katherine Mansfield: New Directions, Birkbeck University
March 2018 ‘“A Difficult Letter”: Impolite Post in Barbara Pym’s The Sweet Dove Died, North American Conference of the Barbara Pym Society, Harvard University
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
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
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 in Sarah Waters’s Affinity’, The Idea of the New: Discovery, Expression and Reception, University College London