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


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I am a Reader in English with specialisms in contemporary women's writing, trauma narratives and children's literature. My publications include Decolonizing Trauma Studies: Trauma and Postcolonialism. (MDPI, 2016); Trauma Narratives and Herstory. (co-edited with Silvia Pellicer-Ortin, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013); Angela Carter: New Critical Readings. (co-edited with Lawrence Phillips, Continuum, 2012); Jeanette Winterson. New British Fiction Series. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). I am currently working on the representation of class in contemporary women's writing.


Research Interests

My research interests are in the following areas: 

Contemporary women’s writing

Twentieth and twenty-first century literature;

Trauma narratives

Young adult literature

Representations of gender, race and class

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.


Sal Ayres; English

Representations of Space/Place and their relationship to Trauma in Contemporary Women's Writing


Hanaa Ayoub; English 

Egyptian fiction in English of the 1990s.


Zoe Pape; English 

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


Anthony Stepniak; English 

Investigating the Wicked Queen in Contemporary Narratives.


Allyson Green; English

The Representation of Bodies that Deviate from Accepted Social Norms in Young Adult Literature


Yasmina Bia; English

Nineteenth Century Orientalist Travel Literature: Mis/representation, Ambivalence and Imperialism


Lamia Hamini; English

The Plays of Edward Albee: An Applied Masculinity Studies Critique

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Difference, Identification and Desire: Contemporary Lesbian Genre Fiction, University of Warwick

5 Oct 198914 Jan 1994

Award Date: 4 Jul 1994

Bachelor, Combined Honours, University of Manchester

5 Oct 198430 Jun 1988

Award Date: 12 Jul 1988

External positions

External Examiner, Bishop Grosseteste University

1 Oct 201530 Jul 2019

Associate Editor Contemporary Women's Writing Journal


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