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Dr Becky Munford

BA (Oxford), MA, PhD (Exeter)

Reader

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Email:
munfordr@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 6398
Location:
2.06, Adeilad John Percival , Rhodfa Colum, Caerdydd, CF10 3EU
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I am a Reader in English Literature with teaching and research interests in gender and feminist theory, modern and contemporary women's writing, fashion and dress history, trousers, literary and cultural constructions of girlhood, and Gothic and spectrality.

I joined Cardiff in 2007, having worked previously at the University of Exeter (2006-2007) and the University of Manchester (2004-2006). From 2011-14 I was a member of the Executive Committee of the Contemporary Women's Writing Association, and from 2012-15 acted as UK Reviews Editor of Contemporary Women's Writing (Oxford University Press); from 2003-2006 I was a member of the Executive Committee of the Feminist and Women’s Studies Association.

2018

2017

2016

  • Munford, R. 2016. Spectral femininity. In: Horner, A. and Zlosnik, S. eds. Women and the Gothic: An Edinburgh Companion.. Edinburgh Companions to the Gothic Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press

2015

2013

2012

2010

  • Munford, R. J. 2010. Luce Irigaray. In: Eaglestone, R. ed. The Encyclopedia of Literary and Cultural Theory., Vol. 2. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 645-48.
  • Munford, R. J. 2010. Elaine Showalter. In: Eaglestone, R. ed. The Encyclopedia of Literary and Cultural Theory., Vol. 2. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 843-45.
  • Munford, R. J. and Garner, K. L. 2010. Feminism. In: Eaglestone, R. ed. The Encyclopedia of Literary and Cultural Theory., Vol. 2. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 595-605.

2009

2008

2007

2006

  • Munford, R. ed. 2006. Re-visiting Angela Carter: Texts, contexts, intertexts.. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Munford, R. 2006. Angela Carter and the politics of intertextuality. In: Munford, R. ed. Re-visiting Angela Carter: Texts, Contexts, Intertexts.. Basingstoke: Palgrave, pp. 1-20.
  • Munford, R. 2006. Anna Kavan. In: Hammill, F., Miskimmin, E. and Sponenberg, A. eds. Encyclopedia of British Women’s Writing 1900-1950.. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 132-133.
  • Munford, R. 2006. Emmeline Pankhurst. In: Hammill, F., Miskimmin, E. and Sponenberg, A. eds. Encyclopedia of British Women’s Writing 1900-1950.. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 180-181.
  • Munford, R. 2006. Vernon Lee. In: Hammill, F., Miskimmin, E. and Sponenberg, A. eds. Encyclopedia of British Women’s Writing 1900-1950.. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 141-142.
  • Munford, R. 2006. Violet Keppel Trefusis. In: Hammill, F., Miskimmin, E. and Sponenberg, A. eds. Encyclopedia of British Women’s Writing 1900-1950.. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 253-255.
  • Munford, R. 2006. Bloomsbury Group. In: Hammill, F., Miskimmin, E. and Sponenberg, A. eds. Encyclopedia of British Women’s Writing 1900-1950.. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 15-16.

2005

  • Munford, R. 2005. Postmodern theory. In: Heywood, L. L. ed. The Women's Movement Today: An Encyclopedia of Third Wave Feminism.. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, pp. 256-258.
  • Munford, R. 2005. Television. In: Heywood, L. L. ed. The Women's Movement Today: An Encyclopedia of Third Wave Feminism.. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, pp. 314-320.
  • Munford, R. 2005. Postmodern theory. In: Heywood, L. L. ed. The Women's Movement Today: An Encyclopedia of Third Wave Feminism.. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, pp. 256-258.
  • Munford, R. and Gillis, S. 2005. Genealogies and generations: the politics and praxis of third wave feminism. In: Heywood, L. L. ed. The Women's Movement Today: Primary Documents of Third Wave Feminism.. Greenwood, pp. 111-120.
  • Munford, R. 2005. Gertrude Stein. In: Marshall, B. ed. France and the Americas: Culture, Politics and History.. Transatlantic Relations Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio, pp. 1093-1095.
  • Munford, R. 2005. Blood, laughter and the Medusa: The Gothic heroine as menstrual monster. In: Howie, G. and Shail, A. eds. Menstruation: A Cultural History.. Basingstoke: Palgrave, pp. 259-272.

2004

2003

2002

My teaching interests are in modern and contemporary literature and culture, especially women's writing, gender and sexuality, feminist theory and history, Gothic and spectrality, and fashion. At Cardiff, I have taught the following modules: Reading and Identity; The Victorian Novel; Critical Theory 1; Critical Approaches to Gender & Sexuality; Feminisms; Magical Realism; Contemporary Women's Writing; Gothic and Gender (MA); and Women’s Writing, 1970s to the present (MA).

In the academic session 2017-18 I am teaching:

  • Girls (year 2)
  • Interwar Experiments: Sex, Gender, Style (year 3)
  • Spectral Femininities (MA)

I am currently supervising or have supervised the following PhD theses:

  • Angela Carter’s Toyshop: A Materialist Investigation of Angela Carter’s Representation of Things (South, West and Wales AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership)
  • Anaïs Nin’s ‘Versions’ of Self
  • Spectral Guises: Ghost Reading/Writing in Shirley Jackson
  • Gods and Goods: Transcendental Bodies, Psychoanalysis and Material Culture in Modernist Women’s Writing 1918-1958 (South, West and Wales AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership; co-supervisor with Prof. Laura Salisbury, University of Exeter)
  • From Pen to Print: Virginia Woolf, The Hogarth Press, and the Art of Literary Composition
  • Hidden Mothers and Poetic Pregnancy in Women's Writing (1818 to the present day) (AHRC funded)
  • The Politics of Gender and the Visual in Angela Carter and Virginia Woolf (AHRC funded)
  • Sapphic Spectres: Lesbian Literature of the Weimar Republic (MPhil in Modern Languages; consultant supervisor)
  • The Daughters of Modron: Evangeline Walton’s Feminist Re-Visioning of the Mabinogi (co-supervisor)

My research interests lie in the fields of gender studies and women's writing, with a particular focus on fashion and dress history, spectrality, European and erotic Gothic, experimentalism and feminist theory.

I am currently researching and writing a monograph, Making Strides: A Literary and Cultural History of Women in Trousers, which draws on a variety of examples (including literary texts, art and photography, fashion design and magazines, legislation, newspapers and ephemera, medical and psychoanalytic discourses, film and television) in order to illuminate and analyse the complex nexus of meanings assigned to and by women in trousers in the British Isles, France and America since the French Revolution. Also emerging from this project is Women in Trousers: A Visual Archive, a collection of digital images that together tell the story of women in trousers as a history of social, cultural and political protest and change. While trousers and other bifurcated garments provide its primary focus, the archive is also home to images that illuminate more generally the history of women and dress reform in Britain, Europe and America.

Related to this, I have recently completed an article on 'Medical Bloomerism' and the pathologisation of the trousered woman. I am also working on two essays that examine sartorial and aesthetic interconnections: the first explores the 'subject of trousers' in selected works by Virginia Woolf; the second considers fashion, femininity and experimentalism in Anaïs Nin's writing.

Angela Carter's work has provided a particular focus for my broader interest in theories of gender and sexuality, intertextuality, and the Gothic in its European and erotic modes. Decadent Daughters and Monstrous Mothers: Angela Carter and European Gothic (Manchester University Press, 2013 [paperback 2015]), which was short-listed for the Allan Lloyd Smith Memorial Prize, examines Carter's textual and intellectual engagements with a dirty lineage of European Gothic that can be mapped from the Marquis de Sade's obsession with desecration and defilement, through Baudelaire's perverse decompositions of the muse and decadent imaginings of infernal femininity, to surrealism's violent dreams of abjection. My recent research in Gothic studies includes an essay on spectral femininity for Women and the Gothic (Edinburgh University Press, 2016).

A concern with the Gothic and spectrality also underpins my interest in feminist history and theory. Feminism and Popular Culture: Investigating the Postfeminist Mystique (I.B. Tauris, 2013; Rutgers University Press, 2014), co-authored with Melanie Waters, takes as its focus a range of popular texts that have emerged in the wake of media speculations about the death of feminism and traces the movements of 'ghost feminism' in contemporary culture.

I welcome applications from potential postgraduate students planning research in any of these areas.

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Josie Cray

Josie Cray

Research student

Robert Lloyd

Research student

Marine Furet

Research student

Amber Jenkins

Research student

Ana Tomcic

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