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Dr Becky Munford - BA (Oxford), MA, PhD (Exeter)

Overview

Dr Becky Munford Position: Senior Lecturer Email: MunfordR@cf.ac.uk
Telephone: +44(0)29 208 76398
Extension: 76398
Location: John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cathays, Cardiff

Research Group

English Literature

Research Interests

European Gothic; feminism and popular culture; feminist history and theory; gender, fashion and the history of dress (especially women and trousers); twentieth-century and contemporary women’s writing (especially experimental writing).

I welcome applications from potential postgraduate students planning research in any of these areas. Informal enquiries are always welcome.

Selected Publications

Decadent Daughters and Monstrous Mothers: Angela Carter and European Gothic (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2013)

(With Melanie Waters) Feminism and Popular Culture: Investigating the Postfeminist Mystique, foreword by Imelda Whelehan (London: I.B. Tauris, 2013; New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2014)

‘“The Future of Pemberley”: Emma Tennant, the Classic Progression and Literary Trespassing’, in Uses of Austen: Jane’s Afterlives, ed. Gillian Dow and Clare Hanson (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2012), pp. 59-76

‘“The Desecration of the Temple”; or, “Sexuality as Terrorism”? Angela Carter’s (Post)feminist Gothic Heroine’, Gothic Studies, 9.2 (Nov 2007), 58-70

Ed. Re-visiting Angela Carter: Texts, Contexts, Intertexts, foreword by Jacqueline Pearson (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2006)

Publications

Authored monographs

Decadent Daughters and Monstrous Mothers: Angela Carter and European Gothic (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2013)

(With Melanie Waters) Feminism and Popular Culture: Investigating the Postfeminist Mystique, foreword by Imelda Whelehan (London: I.B. Tauris, 2013; New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2014)

Edited volumes and special issues

(Ed. with Paul Young) Neo-Victorianism: The Politics and Aesthetics of Appropriation, double special issue of Literature Interpretation Theory, 20.1 & 20.2 (2009)

(Ed. with Helen Taylor) Daphne du Maurier, special issue of Women: A Cultural Review, 20.1 (2009)
 
(Ed. with Stacy Gillis and Gillian Howie) Third Wave Feminism: A Critical Exploration, revised & expanded 2nd edition (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2007) [This is a substantially revised and expanded version of the first edition; it includes 3 new chapters, an interview with Luce Irigaray, a new introduction and a new foreword and afterword.]

Re-visiting Angela Carter: Texts, Contexts, Intertexts, foreword by Jacqueline Pearson (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2006)

(Ed. with Stacy Gillis and Gillian Howie) Third Wave Feminism: A Critical Exploration (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2004)

(Ed. with Stacy Gillis) Third Wave Feminism and Women’s Studies, special issue of Journal of International Women’s Studies,4.2 (2003)

Journal articles and book chapters

‘Spectral femininity’, in Women and Gothic, ed. Avril Horner and Sue Zlosnik (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2015 – in preparation)

‘Writing the F-word: Girl Power, the Third Wave, and Postfeminism’, in The History of British Women’s Writing, 1970 to the Present, Vol. 10, ed. Emma Parker and Mary Eagleton (Basingstoke: Palgrave, forthcoming 2014)

‘“The Future of Pemberley”: Emma Tennant, the Classic Progression and Literary Trespassing’, in Uses of Austen: Jane’s Afterlives, ed. Gillian Dow and Clare Hanson (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2012), pp. 59-76

BUST-ing the Third Wave: Barbies, Blowjobs and Girlie Feminism’, in Mainstreaming Sex: The Sexualization of Culture, ed. Feona Attwood (London: I.B. Tauris, 2009), pp. 183-97

(With Paul Young) ‘Engaging the Victorians’, Literature Interpretation Theory, 20.1/2 (2009), 1-11

(With Helen Taylor) ‘Introduction: Daphne du Maurier’, special issue of Women: A Cultural Review, 20.1 (2009), 1-8

‘Dracula’s Daughters: Angela Carter and Pierrette Fleutiaux’s Vampiric Exchanges’, in Le Gothic: Influences and Appropriations in Europe and America, ed. Avril Horner and Sue Zlosnik (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2008), pp. 116-33

‘“The Desecration of the Temple”; or, “Sexuality as Terrorism”? Angela Carter’s (Post)feminist Gothic Heroine’, Gothic Studies, 9.2 (Nov 2007), 58-70

‘Spectres of Authorship: Daphne du Maurier’s Gothic Legacy’, in The Daphne du Maurier Companion, ed. Helen Taylor (London: Virago, 2007), pp. 68-74

‘“Wake Up and Smell the Lipgloss”: Gender, Generation and the (A)politics of Girl Power’, in Third Wave Feminism: A Critical Exploration, ed. Stacy Gillis, Gillian Howie and Rebecca Munford, revised and expanded 2nd ed. (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2007), pp. 266-79 [pp. 142-53 in first edition]

(With Stacy Gillis and Gillian Howie) ‘Introduction’, in Third Wave Feminism: A Critical Exploration, ed. Stacy Gillis, Gillian Howie and Rebecca Munford, revised and expanded 2nd ed. (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2007), pp. xx-xxxiii [this is a substantially revised version of the introduction that appeared in the first edition pp. 1-6]

‘Angela Carter and the Politics of Intertextuality’, in Re-visiting Angela Carter: Texts, Contexts, Intertexts, ed. Rebecca Munford (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2006), pp. 1-20

‘Blood, Laughter and the Medusa: The Gothic Heroine as Menstrual Monster’, in Menstruation: A Cultural History, ed. Andrew Shail and Gillian Howie (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2005), pp. 259-72  

‘Re-presenting Charles Baudelaire/Re-presencing Jeanne Duval: Transformations of the Muse in Angela Carter’s “Black Venus”’, Forum for Modern Language Studies, 40.1 (2004), 1-13

(With Stacy Gillis) ‘Genealogies and Generations: The Politics and Praxis of Third Wave Feminism’, Women’s History Review, 13.2 (2004), 165-82 [Reprinted in The Women’s Movement Today: Primary Documents of Third Wave Feminism, ed. Leslie Heywood (Westport: Greenwood, 2005), pp. 111-20]

(With Stacy Gillis) ‘Harvesting Our Strengths’, Third Wave Feminism and Women’s Studies, special issue of Journal of International Women’s Studies,4.2 (April 2003), 1-11

‘Re-vamping the Gothic: Representations of the Gothic Heroine in Angela Carter’s Nights at the Circus’, ParaDoxa: Studies in World Literary Genres,17 (2002), 235-56

Interview

(With Stacy Gillis) ‘Interview with Elaine Showalter’, in Third Wave Feminism: A Critical Exploration, ed. Stacy Gillis, Gillian Howie and Rebecca Munford, revised and expanded 2nd ed. (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2007), pp. 292-97 [pp. 60-64 in first edition]

Encyclopedia entries

‘Family’, in The Encyclopedia of the Gothic, ed. William Hughes, David Punter and Andrew Smith (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012)

(With Katie Garner) ‘Feminism’, in The Encyclopedia of Literary Theory Volume 2 (1966 to the Present), ed. Robert Eaglestone (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), pp. 595-604

‘Luce Irigaray’ and ‘Elaine Showalter’, in The Encyclopedia of Literary Theory Volume 2 (1966 to the Present), ed. Robert Eaglestone (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), pp. 645-48, pp. 843-45

‘Colonization’ and ‘Horror’, in Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy: An Encyclopedia, ed. Robin Reid (Westport: Greenwood, 2009), pp. 71-72, pp. 162-64

‘Bloomsbury Group,’ ‘Anna Kavan,’ ‘Vernon Lee,’ ‘Emmeline Pankhurst’ and ‘Violet Keppel Trefusis’, in Encyclopedia of British Women’s Writing 1900-1950, ed. Faye Hammill et al. (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2006), pp. 15-16, pp. 132-33, pp. 141-42, pp. 180-81, pp. 253-55

‘Gertrude Stein’, in France and the Americas: Culture, Politics and History, ed. Bill Marshall,  3 vols (Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio, 2005), pp. 1093-95

‘Postmodern Theory’ and ‘Television’, in The Women's Movement Today: An Encyclopedia of Third Wave Feminism, ed. Leslie L. Heywood (Westport: Greenwood, 2005), pp. 256-58, pp. 314-20

Book reviews

Ilana Nash, American Sweethearts: Teenage Girls in Twentieth-Century Popular Culture (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2006), Feminist Review, 89 (2008), 151-53

Ann Heilmann and Mark Llewellyn, eds, Metafiction and Metahistory in Contemporary Women’s Writing (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2006), Contemporary Women’s Writing,1.1-2 (2007), 206-207

Catherine Orenstein, Little Red Riding Hood Uncloaked: Sex, Morality, and the Evolution of a Fairy Tale (Basic Books, 2002), Cercles: Revue Pluridisciplinaire du Monde Anglophone (Nov 2003)

Kathleen Ragan, Fearless Girls, Wise Women and Beloved Sisters: Heroines in Folktales from Around the World (New York: Norton, 2000), Forum for Modern Language Studies, 38.3 (2002), 346

Shorter pieces

‘It’s buy, buy to women. Now the girlies rule’, Times Higher Education Supplement, 9 March 2007, 16-17 [article on postfeminism and consumerism.]

 

Research

My current research project is a cultural history of women in trousers in the British Isles,
France and America since the French Revolution. Drawing on a wide range of examples (including literary texts, art and photography, fashion design and magazines, legislation, newspapers and ephemera, medical and psychoanalytic discourses, film and television), this work illuminates and analyses the complex nexus of meanings assigned to and by women in trousers. Related to this, I am working on two essays: the first examines the connections between surrealist and middlebrow representations of the mannequin in the 1930s; the second considers experimentalism and the fashioning of femininity in work by Anaïs Nin.

Angela Carter’s work has provided a particular focus for my broader research interest in theories of gender and sexuality, intertextuality, and the Gothic in its European and erotic modes. Following a collection of essays, Re-visiting Angela Carter: Texts, Contexts, Intertexts (Palgrave, 2006), my monograph, Decadent Daughters and Monstrous Mothers: Angela Carter and European Gothic (Manchester University Press, 2013), 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 current research in Gothic studies includes an essay on ‘spectral femininity’ for a volume on Women and Gothic (Edinburgh University Press).

A concern with the Gothic and spectrality also underpins Feminism and Popular Culture: Investigating the Postfeminist Mystique (I.B. Tauris, 2013; Rutgers University Press, 2014). This monograph, 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 am a member of the Executive Committee of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Association and Reviews Editor of Contemporary Women’s Writing  (Oxford University Press).

Biography

I joined Cardiff in 2007, having held lectureships at the University of Manchester and the University of Exeter. From 2003-2006 I was a member of the executive committee of the Feminist and Women’s Studies Association (UK and Ireland).