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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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