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Academic Biography

Dr Jane Ford joined the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Law in February 2018. She has previously taught at Edge Hill University, the University of Chester, Keele University and the University of Portsmouth. Jane holds a BA (Hons) in English Language & Literature, an MA in Victorian Literature (University of Liverpool) and a Ph.D in English (University of Portsmouth). Her doctoral thesis examined metaphors of economic exploitation and domination in a range of late nineteenth-century writing. Jane is a specialist in fin-de-siècle literature and culture and has a particular interest in economic motifs and ideas, feminist recovery, the Gothic and literary representations of insects / entomology.

Summary of Research Interests

Jane is a specialist in the literature and culture of the fin de siècle and she is currently completing a monograph which examines the complex network of metaphors that emerged around late nineteenth-century conceptions of economic self-interest and exploitation. Metaphors of Economic Exploitation in Literature 1880-1914: Vampiric Enterprise is currently under contract with Routledge and will be published in 2019.

In 2016, Jane published a co-edited collection of essays (with Kim Edwards Keates and Patricia Pulham) titled Economies of Desire at the Victorian Fin-de-Siècle: Libidinal Lives. The collection considers how the literature of the fin de siècle questions, defines and registers the relationship between economy and desire, particularly in the light of late nineteenth-century developments in economic thought and sexology.

With Alexandra Gray, Jane is also co-editing Lucas Malet, Dissident Pilgrim: Critical Essays: the first collection of essays to consider the writing of the critically-neglected author Lucas Malet (Mary St. Leger Kingsley Harrison). The collection, which will be published by Routledge in 2019, serves as an introduction to Malet’s work and highlights her centrality within the late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century literary establishment. Jane’s own essay explores the trope of telepathy in Malet’s WW1 novel, The Survivors (1923).

The recovery of critically neglected women writers is a major emerging strand of Jane’s research and she is currently working on the collaborative research initiative, “Gateless Barrier: The Forgotten Women Writers Project”. Developed with Alexandra Gray, this project aims to recover the work of forgotten female writers of the nineteenth and early twentieth century in, and beyond, the academy. Jane hosted an initial crowd-funded public reading group in November 2017.

PhD and Research Opportunities

Jane welcomes enquiries from prospective research students interested in any aspect of fin-de-siècle literature, late-Victorian Gothic, Victorian literature and finance / economics and nineteenth-century women’s writing.


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