Associate Tutor & Research Affiliate of EHU Nineteen
Department of English, History & Creative Writing
I completed my doctoral research at Edge Hill from 2014 to 2017. Titled ‘The Women’s Total Abstinence Union and Periodical Wings, 1892 – 1914: A Study of Gender and Politics’, my cross-disciplinary project examined the female temperance movement from 1890 to 1910, asserting its’ radical nature in place of traditional, hegemonic interpretations of it as a solely respectable movement. My thesis was specifically concerned with representations and constructions of gender within Wings, a late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century magazine. Using a single-issue periodical to consider gender construction enabled an examination of female respectability in social reform and the journal was considered as a complex site of gender construction for the hegemonic, middle-class, Victorian woman.
I am currently working on an associated monograph which will consider the history of the female temperance movement more widely, encompassing three key groups, their literature and the complex relationships between them.
I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
- Gender ideologies
- Print and periodical culture
- Social reform
- Popular culture and literature of the nineteenth century
Lips that touch Liquor: Fighting for the Face of Female Temperance
- Under review – expected publication 2020
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
‘Readers and Readerships’, Victorian Periodicals Review (Forthcoming, Winter 2020)
‘Girl, Junior, Woman: Negotiating Childhood and Adolescence in the Female Temperance Press’, Victorian Periodicals Review (Forthcoming, Winter 2019)
‘Wings and the Woman’s Signal: Reputation and Respectability in Temperance Periodicals for Women, 1892 – 1899’ in Women, Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1830s-1900s: The Victorian Period. Eds. Alexis Easley, Clare Gill and Beth Rodgers (Edinburgh University Press, 2019) p. 555-567
[Journal Special Issue] with Andrew Hobbs (eds.) Victorian Periodicals Review (Winter 2020)
‘Conference Review: European Society for Periodical Research, “Periodical Counter Cultures: Tradition, Conformity and Dissent”’. Victorian Periodicals Review. Volume 50, Spring 2017. pp. 248-250
‘Readers and Readerships’, North West Long Nineteenth Century Seminar Series, June 2019
Selected Conference Papers
‘Work, Duty, Leisure and Pleasure: The Professionalisation of the Female Reform Worker’, Work/Leisure, Duty/Pleasure, Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, July 2019
‘Making the Page: Heteroglossia in a Pressure-group Periodical’, The Body and the Page in Victorian Culture, Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, 2018
‘Fanny Forsaith: Editing Gender Boundaries’, Victorians Unbound: Connections and Intersections, British Association for Victorian Studies, 2017
‘Assimilation and Subversion in Women’s Temperance Magazines, 1890 – 1910’, Periodical Counter Cultures: Tradition, Conformity, and Dissent, European Society for Periodical Research, 2016
‘‘A Scent of White Violets’: Temperance, Fiction and Gender in Wings’, Drinking Spaces and Places, Literary and Visual Landscapes Series, 2016
‘‘The belt my wife had is a success’: Representations of health, life and death in Wings’, Life and Death in the Nineteenth Century Press, Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, 2015
‘Victorians Unbound: PhDs and ECRs’, British Association for Victorian Studies, 2017.
‘Corsets, Cycles and Sobriety: Female health and femininity in the Women’s Total Abstinence Union and Wings’, British Association for Victorian Studies, 2016.
I have taught on a wide variety of modules including
- Ways of Reading
- Critical Theories
- Literary History
- Literary Form
- Digital Detectives
- Literature 1660-1760
- Renaissance Drama
- Renaissance Literature
- Rogues Gallery: Crime and Criminality in the Long Nineteenth Century
- The Victorian Novel
- Critical Approaches to Postgraduate Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences