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Department of English and Modern Languages
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+44 (0)1865 484236
I joined the Department in 2011 having previously taught at the University of Sussex. My research focuses on the intersections of the ‘Victorian’ and the ‘Modern’ through the discourses of the supernatural, theatricality and myth. I have particular interests in the influence of spiritualism and psychical research in the long 19thcentury, Victorian popular novelists, actress narratives (1860-1920), Gaiety Girls, Greco-Roman myth in fin de siècle and Edwardian literature and culture, neo-Victorian fiction and more broadly women’s writing and the ghostly. I am the author of Spiritualism and Women’s Writing: from the fin de siècle to the neo-Victorian(Palgrave, 2009) and editor of Women and the Victorian Occult (Routledge, 2010). I recently co-edited The Ashgate Research Companion to Nineteenth-Century Spiritualism and the Occult with Sarah Willburn. I am currently working on my new monograph titled ‘Her Father’s Name’: Gender, Theatricality and Spiritualism in Florence Marryat’s Fiction (Edinburgh University Press). I have also published book chapters on Wilkie Collins and sensation fiction.
I welcome enquires from research students with interests in spiritualism and psychical research, Victorian and Edwardian women novelists, myth in late Victorian and early twentieth-century fiction and neo-Victorian novels.
I currently teach the following undergraduate and postgraduate modules:
I have also taught and/or convened a broad range of 19th and 20th Century modules including Victorian Texts and Contexts, Aspects of the European Novel, Aspects of European Modernism, Gender in Victorian Literature and Culture.