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Phillippa Bennett is Programme Leader for BA English and a Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Northampton. She studied for her BA English degree (First Class) at Royal Holloway, University of London, and her MA in Nineteenth-Century English and American Literature (Distinction) at King's College, University of London. She completed her Ph.D on The Last Romances of William Morris at Birkbeck College, University of London. Phillippa has worked previously as an Associate Lecturer at Birkbeck College, University of London, Birmingham City University and the University of Worcester. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of William Morris Studies.    

Research Interests

The life and work of William Morris. Nineteenth-century literature, particularly medievalism, the development of the romance form, gothic writing and utopian writing; nineteenth-century Socialism and Communism and the development of revolutionary ideals; nineteenth-century aesthetics, including Pre-Raphaelitism, architecture and the Arts and Crafts movement; nineteenth-century explorations of Iceland and the revival of the literature of the Great Old North.

Phillippa has recently published a co-edited collection of essays on William Morris’s literary, aesthetic and political legacy in the twenty-first century and is also working on a book on William Morris’s Last Romances.


Alicia De Barry; English and Creative Writing

Gender and Childhood in Andrew Lang's Fairy Tales.


Meghann Hillier-Broadley;English and Creative Writing

Reading the Anthropocene in Post-War Children's Fantasy Literature.


Hanaa Jan; English and Creative Writing

Texts between two cultures:challenges of translation in the Arabic versions of Jane Ayre & Frankenstein 1986 - 2012.


Meriem Lamara; English and Creative Writing

A Study of the Gothic in Young Adult Fiction.

Teaching Interests

Phillippa is currently Module Leader for the following modules:

  • Nineteenth-Century Literature (Level 4)
  • Gothic Literature (Level 5)
  • Wonders Dreams and Marvels: Victorian Fantasy Writing (Level 6)
  • Brave New Worlds (Level 7).

Other areas of teaching expertise include Eighteenth-Century Literature and Romanticism.


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