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PhD projects

Young Adult fiction, trauma narratives, contemporary women's writing


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Research Interests

My research interests are in the following areas: 

Contemporary Women’s Writing

Gender and Sexuality 

Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature;

Trauma Fiction and Theory

Young Adult Literature

I would welcome applications from doctoral students working in any of these fields.

Teaching Interests

I currently teach on the following modules at BA level: Contemporary Women’s Writing; and From the Fairy Tale to the Contemporary Child Hero; and at MA level: Trauma Fiction; Gender, Sexuality & Writing the Body; Contemporary Gothic Literature.


Hanaa Ayoub; English and Creative Writing

Egyptian fiction in English of the 1990s.


Ghazala Butt; English and Creative Writing

Family Matters: Performativity in a (Re-)Reading of the Works of Hanif Kureishi.


Zoe Pape; English and Creative Writing

The Representation of Female Embodiment in Contemporary Women's Dystopian Fiction


Anthony Stepniak; English and Creative Writing

Investigating the Wicked Queen in Contemporary Narratives.


Fatima Zahaf; English and Creative Writing

Examining how Algerian women living in the United Kingdom negotiate online social activities by using virtual third spaces.


Wafa Zekri; English and Creative Writing

Developing an Academic Identity through the Creation of a Female Blog Writing Community


Imane Tiahi; English and Creative Writing

Increasing student engagment, interaction and motivation in English learning using mobile applications in Algerian Higher Education


Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Warwick

5 Oct 198914 Jan 1994

Award Date: 4 Jul 1994

Bachelor, University of Manchester

5 Oct 198430 Jun 1988

Award Date: 12 Jul 1988

External positions

External Examiner, Bishop Grosseteste University

Associate Editor Contemporary Women's Writing Journal

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Research Output

Decolonizing cultural memory in Andrea Levy's Small Island

Andermahr, S., 15 Jul 2019, In : Journal of Postcolonial Writing. 55, 4, p. 555-569 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle

Open Access
  • Both/and aesthetics: gender, art and language in Brigid Brophy’s In Transit and Ali Smith’s How to Be Both

    Andermahr, S., 20 Jul 2018, In : Contemporary Women's Writing. 12, 2, p. 248–263 16 p., 2.

    Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle

    Open Access
  • Introduction: Brigid Brophy

    Andermahr, S., 24 Apr 2018, In : Contemporary Women's Writing. 12, 2, p. 137-141 5 p., 1.

    Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle

    Open Access
  • Decolonizing Trauma Studies: Trauma and Postcolonialism

    Andermahr, S. (ed.), 20 May 2016, MDPI. 210 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

    Open Access
  • Welcome: Decolonizing trauma studies

    Allwork, L. & Andermahr, S., 15 May 2015.

    Research output: Contribution to ConferencePaper

  • “Decolonizing Trauma Studies: Trauma and Postcolonialism”—Introduction

    Andermahr, S., 24 Sep 2015, In : Humanities. 4, 4, p. 500-505 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to JournalEditorial

    Open Access
  • Trauma Narratives and Herstory

    Andermahr, S. (ed.) & Pellicer-Ortin, S. (ed.), 11 Apr 2013, Palgrave Macmillan Ltd. 248 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • ‘Compulsively readable and deeply moving’: Women’s Middlebrow Trauma Fiction

    Andermahr, S., 1 Jan 2013, Trauma Narratives and Herstory. Andermahr, S. & Pellicer-Ortin, S. (eds.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., p. 13-29 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to Book/ReportChapter

    Open Access
  • Activities

    • 1 Organising a conference or workshop
    • 1 Participating in a conference or workshop
    • 1 Invited talk
    • 1 Seminar

    14th ESSE Conference

    Sonya Andermahr (Participant)
    29 Aug 20182 Sep 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising a conference or workshopParticipating in a conference or workshopResearch

    Identities in YA Narratives

    Sonya Andermahr (Organiser), Anthony Stepniak (Organiser)
    16 Dec 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising a conference or workshopOrganising a conference or workshopResearch


    Both/and: language, art and identity in Brigid Brophy's 'In Transit' and Ali Smith's 'How to Be Both'

    Sonya Andermahr (Speaker)
    3 May 2017

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsSeminarResearch

    The University of Northampton School of the Arts 'Opps for Apps' Project

    Sonya Andermahr (Speaker), David Simmons (Speaker)
    17 Jun 2015

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsInvited talkTeaching

    Press / Media

    Notes on Contributors

    Sonya Andermahr


    1 item of Media coverage



    Altered states: feminist utopian literature

    Author: Fancourt, D., 2004

    Supervisor: Andermahr, S. (Supervisor) & Pohl, N. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

    Beyond postmodernism: London fiction at the millennium

    Author: Allen, C., May 2011

    Supervisor: Tew, P. (Supervisor), Andermahr, S. (Supervisor) & Phillips, L. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


    Bringing up baby: representations of lone motherhood in modern popular culture

    Author: Teckman, J., 2004

    Supervisor: Oram, A. (Supervisor) & Andermahr, S. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

    Denigrata Cervorum: interpretive performance autoethnography and female black metal performance

    Author: Shadrack, J., 2017

    Supervisor: Scott, N. (Supervisor), Jowett, L. (Supervisor) & Andermahr, S. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


    If women write in milk, do children write in snot? Children's voices in documented drama

    Author: Harris, S., 2011

    Supervisor: Ackroyd, J. (Supervisor), Andermahr, S. (Supervisor) & Prior, R. W. (External person) (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


    Performing class in British popular music

    Author: Wiseman-Trowse, N. J. B., 2006

    Supervisor: Andermahr, S. (Supervisor) & Heffernan, N. (External person) (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


    The feminist postmodern fantastic: sexed, gendered, and sexual identities

    Author: Denby, M., 2001

    Supervisor: Andermahr, S. (Supervisor) & Brooker, P. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis