Dr Gemma Outen

Associate Tutor & Research Affiliate of EHU Nineteen

Department of English, History & Creative Writing

outeng@edgehill.ac.uk

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I joined Edge Hill in September 2014 after gaining an MA in Literature, Culture and Modernity at the University of Salford in the previous year.

My PhD project is cross-disciplinary drawing on my background across both English and History. It builds on my MA thesis, ‘‘Wings’: Women in the Temperance Movement’ (2013) and is concerned with representations and constructions of gender within Wings, a late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century magazine. Analysing a print run from 1892 to 1921, the periodical of the Women’s Total Abstinence Union will be considered as a complex site of gender construction for the hegemonic, middle-class, Victorian woman and her place within the domestic ideology of separate spheres. Using a thematic approach, the project will also consider journalistic debate and social reform throughout the period, utilising the periodical within a reflectionist/constructionist methodology.

As well as undertaking a doctoral research programme, I have recently completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (PGCTHE) and am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research Interests:

  • Gender
  • Temperance
  • Print and periodical culture
  • Social history and popular culture of the nineteenth century
  • The fin-de-siècle

Publications

Book Chapter

Wings and the Woman’s Signal: Reputation and Respectability in Temperance Periodicals for Women, 1892 – 1899’ in The Edinburgh History of Victorian Women’s Print Media in Britain, 1830-1900. Eds. Alexis Easley, Clare Gill and Beth Rodgers (Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming, 2017)

Reviews

‘European Society for Periodical Research’. Victorian Periodicals Review(forthcoming, 2017)

Blog

‘Corsets, Cycles and Sobriety: Female health and femininity in the Women’s Total Abstinence Union and Wings’, British Association for Victorian Studies, Postgraduate blog.

Publications

Book Chapter

Wings and the Woman’s Signal: Reputation and Respectability in Temperance Periodicals for Women, 1892 – 1899’ in The Edinburgh History of Victorian Women’s Print Media in Britain, 1830-1900. Eds. Alexis Easley, Clare Gill and Beth Rodgers (Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming, 2017)

Reviews

‘European Society for Periodical Research’. Victorian Periodicals Review(forthcoming, 2017)

Blog

‘Corsets, Cycles and Sobriety: Female health and femininity in the Women’s Total Abstinence Union and Wings’, British Association for Victorian Studies, Postgraduate blog.

Selected Conference Papers

  • ‘Assimilation and Subversion in Women’s Temperance Magazines, 1890 – 1910’, Periodical Counter Cultures: Tradition, Conformity, and Dissent, European Society for Periodical Research – July, 2016
  • ‘‘A Scent of White Violets’: Temperance, Fiction and Gender in Wings’, Drinking Spaces and Places, Literary and Visual Landscapes Series – April, 2016
  • ‘Corsets, Cycles and Sobriety: Female health and femininity in the Women’s Total Abstinence Union’, Postgraduate Research Conference Edge Hill University – March, 2016
  • ‘Questions of Audience and Methodology’, Serialisation, Magazines and Victorian Authorship, North West Print Culture Research Network – March, 2016
  • ‘‘The belt my wife had is a success. By wearing it she can walk miles; before she could not walk at all’: Representations of health, life and death in Wings’, Life and Death in the Nineteenth Century Press, Research Society for Victorian Periodicals – July, 2015
  • ‘‘Is cycling healthy for women?’: An examination of health concerns in Wings 1892-1921’, North West Long Nineteenth Century Seminar Series – July, 2015
  • Wings: Gendered constructions within advertising’, Postgraduate Research Conference Edge Hill University – March, 2015
  • ‘Assimilation and Subversion in Women’s Temperance Magazines, 1890 – 1910’, Periodical Counter Cultures: Tradition, Conformity, and Dissent, European Society for Periodical Research – July, 2016
  • ‘‘A Scent of White Violets’: Temperance, Fiction and Gender in Wings’, Drinking Spaces and Places, Literary and Visual Landscapes Series – April, 2016
  • ‘Corsets, Cycles and Sobriety: Female health and femininity in the Women’s Total Abstinence Union’, Postgraduate Research Conference Edge Hill University – March, 2016
  • ‘Questions of Audience and Methodology’, Serialisation, Magazines and Victorian Authorship, North West Print Culture Research Network – March, 2016
  • ‘‘The belt my wife had is a success. By wearing it she can walk miles; before she could not walk at all’: Representations of health, life and death in Wings’, Life and Death in the Nineteenth Century Press, Research Society for Victorian Periodicals – July, 2015
  • ‘‘Is cycling healthy for women?’: An examination of health concerns in Wings 1892-1921’, North West Long Nineteenth Century Seminar Series – July, 2015
  • Wings: Gendered constructions within advertising’, Postgraduate Research Conference Edge Hill University – March, 2015

Teaching

Level 4

Seminar and Workshop leader – designing and leading sessions

  • Practical Criticism
  • Critical Reading
  • Critical Theories

Level 5

Co- convener. Designed and delivered level 5 module with primary responsibility for all teaching, marking, student support and administrative duties.

  • Rogues Gallery: Crime and Criminality in the Long Nineteenth Century

Level 6

Seminar and Workshop leader – designing and leading sessions

  • The Victorian Novel
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