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Academic Biography

I am Reader in English in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Law, where I lead the English Research Group.

I completed my BA (Hons) English Literature degree and PhD in English Literature at Newcastle University.  My thesis examined representations of embodiment in texts by twentieth century British and American women writers, including Leonora Carrington, Angela Carter, Flannery O’Connor and Sylvia Plath.

I teach on the BA (Hons) English Studies and English Studies with Creative Writing degrees and the MA English.  My teaching expertise is in the field of modern and contemporary writing and critical and cultural theory, including feminist theory, queer theory and transgender studies, contemporary literary culture, African American writing and film and television adaptations.

Summary of Research Interests

My research interests are in gender and sexuality in twentieth century and contemporary fiction (including feminism, queer theory and transgender studies), cultural practices of adaptation and appropriation (including film and television adaptation and Neo-Victorian culture) and interdisciplinary research in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

My most recent monograph, Transgender and the Literary Imagination: Changing Gender in Twentieth-Century Writing (Edinburgh University Press, 2018), revisits twentieth century narratives and their afterlives, examining the extent to which they have reflected, shaped or transformed changing understandings of gender. Grounded in feminist scholarship, informed by queer theory and indebted to transgender studies, this book investigates the ways in which transgender identities and histories have been ‘authored by others’, with a focus on literary fiction by British, Irish and American authors, life writing and adaptation for stage and screen.  Rereading Heterosexuality: Feminism, Queer Theory and Contemporary Fiction (Edinburgh University Press, 2012) investigated the affinities and tensions between feminist and queer theory perspectives on non-normative female heterosexual identities, with a focus on British and American novels published between 1995 and 2005.  My research in gender and sexuality studies has also been published in leading peer-reviewed journals, including Journal of American Studies (2010), Journal of Gender Studies (2010), Textual Practice (2000; 2014) and Women: a cultural review (2011). 

I am editor of an interdisciplinary edited collection on cultural practices of adaptation and appropriation, Adaptation in Contemporary Culture: Textual Infidelities (Continuum, 2009) and have published in leading peer-reviewed journals in the field (Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance, 2009 and Adaptation, 2014) as well as edited collections (Andrea Levy: Contemporary Critical Perspectives, 2014 and Teaching Adaptations 2014).  I am currently investigating the representation of black British identity in film and television adaptations, ranging from adaptations of classic Victorian novels to adaptations of novels by contemporary black British authors.

Research Projects & External Funding

I was Principal Investigator for a QR Global Challenges Research Fund project, Decolonising Feminism, in collaboration with Fiona Tolan (LJMU) and working with project partners Stuti Khanna (Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi) and Nukhbah Langah (Forman Christian College, Lahore).  A research symposium, Beyond Western Eyes: South Asian Women’s Writing in Contemporary Contexts (2019) featured keynotes by Amina Yaqin (SOAS) and Navtej Purewal (SOAS). 

I am currently Co-Investigator for a QR Global Challenges Research Fund project entitled, Women Writing South Asia: Pakistan Perspective (PI, Madeline Clements).

I was awarded a Modern Humanities Research Association Conference Grant in support of Species of Spaces: A Transdisciplinary Conference on the Work of Georges Perec (Teesside University, March 2014).  Keynote speakers included: Dr Kate Briggs (American University Paris), Christian Bök (University of Calgary, Canada) and Dr Victoria Hunter (University of Chichester).  Research outcomes have been published in Species of Spaces: Transdisciplinary Approaches to the Work of Georges Perec, a Themed Issue of Literary Geographies (2017).

PhD and Research Opportunities

Doctoral completion: Clare Cheverall, “Language Theory, Dialogue and Screen Adaptations of Jane Austen” (2016)

I am currently supervising the following PhD students:

Director of Studies: Robyn Ollett (North East Consortium of the Arts and Humanities Studentship Studentship) – New Queer Gothic

Director of Studies: Louise Logan (Teesside University Studentship) – Representing Disability in Contemporary Museum Practice

Director of Studies (from Oct 2017): Rachael Taylor (North East Consortium of the Arts and Humanities Studentship) - Representations of Female Beauty and Cosmetic Use by Women in Mid to Late Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture

Second Supervisor Stefanie El Medawi (Huddersfield, North East Consortium of the Arts and Humanities Studentship) – Multimodal Adaptation of Affect from Autobiography to Film

I welcome applications from prospective PhD students on topics relating to gender, sexuality or race in modern or contemporary fiction or film, especially those addressing feminist, queer or transgender studies or exploring questions of representation, memory and heritage in relation to minority identities.

External Research Collaborations

I have worked with researchers and practitioners from disciplines across the arts, humanities and social sciences (including Criminology, Dance, Design, Fine Art, Performing Arts and Sociology) to organise conferences designed to promote cross disciplinary dialogue and collaboration. These events include: Women, Narrative and Crime: An Interdisciplinary Conference (2015); British Culture After 9/11 (2014); Species of Spaces: A Transdisciplinary Conference on the Work of Georges Perec (2014); Litpop: Writing and Popular Music (2011); Teaching Adaptations (2010); Arts Practice and Sociological Research Methods: Exploring Boundaries (2009).  My published research in this field includes an interdisciplinary collection (with Adam Hansen) entitled Litpop: Writing and Popular Music (Ashgate, 2014).

External Roles and Professional Activities

I have served as Chair of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Association (2016-19) and am Associate Editor at the journal Contemporary Women’s Writing (Oxford University Press), with special responsibility for the annual CWW Essay Prize.

I am a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council Peer Review College.  I have served as a Review Panel Member for the Research Council for Culture and Society, Academy of Finland.

I am a founding member of HAStEN (Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Equality Network North East).

Enterprise Interest and Activities

Cultural representations – whether in fiction, film or television – have an important role to play in promoting public debate and understanding. I am interested in working with external partners to promote equality and diversity in relation to gender, sexuality and race.

Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities

My teaching interests are in the field of modern and contemporary literature and culture, with a special focus on gender and sexuality in literary and film narrative. I lead modules on topics including African American Writing, Literary Culture in the 21st Century, Questions of Feminism and Transgender in Fiction and Film.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  I have a particular interest in fostering student research skills and in promoting employability in the arts and humanities.  I have presented research papers on these topics at a range of learning and teaching conferences and have published in edited collections on pedagogic research.

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heterosexuality Social Sciences
sexuality Social Sciences
imitation Social Sciences
narrative Social Sciences
feminism Social Sciences
music Social Sciences
gender Social Sciences
discourse Social Sciences

Research Output 1998 2019

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Sailors
Victorian Era
Television Drama
British Television
Black British
Afterlife
Queer Theory
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Literary Fiction
History
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Coming Soon . . . Teaching the Contemporaneous Adaptation

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