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Professor Ann Heilmann

Professor Ann Heilmann


+44 (0)29 2087 5619
2.29, John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU
Available for postgraduate supervision


I am Professor of English Literature in Cardiff's School of English, Communication and Philosophy, and am ENCAP’s Director of Research (currently on leave; back from Feb. 2023). I joined Cardiff in 2012 after holding professorial chairs at the Universities of Hull and Swansea.

My research cuts across Victorian to contemporary literature and culture, women’s writing, and gender and sexuality studies. Publications include four monographs and some sixty articles, alongside nine other (mostly co-edited) books and seven guest-edited journal issues on Victorian to contemporary women’s writing, first-wave feminism and the New Woman, neo-Victorianism, literary gender studies and representations of transgender in Victorian to contemporary life-writing.

PhD supervision and ECR mentoring: I have mentored two funded postdoctoral projects on fin-de-siècle and early twentieth-century women’s writing and have supervised 15 PhD students to completion, in doctoral topics that have ranged across the fields of Victorian to contemporary literature and culture: Victorian sensation fiction, the late-Victorian New Woman, Victorian to contemporary women’s writing, literary gender and sexuality studies, neo-Victorian and neo-historical studies.

An elected Fellow of the English Association (EA), the International Association of University Professors of English (IAUPE), and the Learned Society of Wales (LSW), I was one of the Deputy Chairs of the English Language and Literature sub-panel for REF2021 (Research Excellence Framework; appointed from the criteria-setting phase, 2018-22). Previously I served on the REF2014 English sub-panel and prior to that acted as a Specialist Advisor to the RAE2008 English sub-panel.

In addition, I have Research Council experience (AHRC Peer Review College, 2004-2013) and served on the LSW Scrutiny Committee for Languages, Literature and the History and Theory of the Creative and Performing Arts from 2016-19. Until 2020 I was also an executive committee member of BAVS (British Association for Victorian Studies), where I was Membership Secretary (2005- 2008) and was involved in setting up the BAVS Book Prize in 2020. Previous executive committee positions include chairing the Women's History Network's Book Prize committee (2009-11), the Feminist and Women's Studies Small Grants Committee (2009-10), and serving as the Vice-President and President of the NCUP (National Council of University Professors (2006-10).

Advisory board membership of journals has included ELT/English Literature in Transition (2009-20), Memory Studies (2006-), Neo-Victorian Studies (2008-), Studies on Women and Gender Abstracts (2008-) and Women’s History Review (2001-). I was also on the board of the Olive Schreiner Letters Project (dir. Liz Stanley, Edinburgh, ESRC-funded project, 2008-12),

I have (co-)organised nine conferences, most recently the annual BAVS 2016 conference on 'Consuming (the) Victorians' at (Cardiff. I am also the general editor of two Routledge book series (Gender and Genre [previously Pickering and Chatto] and History of Feminism).    



I was appointed in Cardiff in 2012, having previously held professorships at the Universities of Hull and Swansea and lectureships at Manchester Metropolitan and Bradford Universities. Born and educated in Germany, I came to the UK originally on a fixed-term instructorship at the University of Leeds, where I taught German while undertaking my doctoral studies in English Literature for the University of Tübingen. 

During this time I also worked in Adult and Further Education and for the WEA (Workers' Educational Association). Prior to that, while reading for my degree in English and French Language and Literature at Tübingen, I spent six months studying at what was then University College Cardiff: an inspiring experience which determined my later decision to return to the UK. 


  • 2012-:        Professor of English Literature, Cardiff University
  • 2005-12:    Professor of English, Dept. of English, University of Hull
  • 1999-2005 Lecturer (B), Senior Lecturer (2001-4), Professor (2004-5), Dept. of English, Swansea University
  • 1996-99:    Lecturer (full time, permanent) in English, Manchester Metropolitan University (Crewe & Alsager Campus)
  • 1994-96:    Lecturer (fixed term) in Women’s Studies, University of Bradford
  • 1991-94:    Tutor (part time), WEA, Yorkshire North branch, Leeds
  • 1991-94:    Tutor (part time) in Adult and Further Education (three AE/FE colleges, Leeds); language instructor for Leeds Metropolitan University
  • 1987-92:    Language instructor (‘Lektorin’) and (from 1990) sessional tutor in the German Dept., School of Modern Languages, Leeds University           
  • 1985-86:    Research Assistant, School of English, University of Tübingen, Germany (working for Professor Dr. Hans-Werner Ludwig; additional 2 month contract in the summer of 1987)


March 1998: Dr. Phil. (Eng. Lit.), University of Tübingen, Germany (‘Magna cum laude’, 11 March 1998); Thesis title: 'New Women and Novels with a Purpose: Fin-de-siècle Feminism and the British Woman Writer'; supervised by Prof. Dr. Hans-Werner Ludwig, then Vice-Chancellor of Tübingen 

May 1986: ‘Staatsexamen’ (MA-equivalent qualification inclusive of BA studies) in English and French Language and Literature, University of Tübingen (MA dissertation on Thomas Hardy and Naturalism), Grade 1.5 (lower first) 

Oct. 1981 to March 1982: Sorbonne, Paris (scholarship funded by the DAAD / German Academic Exchange Service)

Oct. 1980 to March 1981: University College Cardiff (scholarship funded by the DAAD)

October 1978 to May 1986: English and French Language and Literature, University of Tübingen 

    Honours and awards


    • Fellow, Learned Society of Wales (elected 2014), from Oct. 2016 member of Scrutiny Committee B1 (Languages, Literature and the History and Theory of the Creative and Performing Arts)
    • Fellow, English Association (elected 2008)
    • Fellow, IAUPE (International Association of University Professors of English, elected 2008)

    Research grants

    • 2011: £372, BAVS Funding Grant, for postgraduate bursaries for ‘Neo-Victorian Art and Aestheticism’ conference, University of Hull 2011
    • 2010: £200, BA Overseas Conference Grant for ‘Fashioning the Neo-Victorian’ conference, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany, 8-10 April 
    • 2009: £7,450, BA Visiting Fellowship (BA/AHRC/ESRC Middle East and South Asia scheme), PI, for third visit by Dr Galia Ofek, Hebrew University, Israel: ‘The New Woman’s Testament: Biblical Narratives, Allusions and Imagery in “New Woman” Fiction’, Feb.-Jul. 2010)  
    • 2008: £11,812, ESRC Visiting Fellowship (BA/AHRC/ESRC Middle East and South Asia scheme); PI, for follow-on research visit by Dr Ofek (‘The New Woman’s Testament’, Jul.-Nov. 2008)
    • 2008: EUR 414.18, Department of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Ireland, for ‘George Moore and His Contemporaries’ conference (5-6 Sept. 2008)
    • 2008: £1,703, BA British Conference Grants scheme, PI, ‘George Moore and His Contemporaries’ conference, University of Hull 2008
    • 2007: £7,437, BA Visiting Fellowship (BA/AHRC/ESRC Middle East and South Asia scheme), PI, for first visit by Dr Ofek (‘The New Woman’s Testament’, Aug.-Oct. 2007)
    • 2006: £14,013, AHRC (Research Leave Scheme; project: Vols 1, 2 and 4 of 5-vol. scholarly edition, The Collected Short Stories of George Moore, Pickering and Chatto, 2007) 
    • 2004: £3,000, BA Visiting Professorship, PI, for research visit by Dr Sue Thomas, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia (‘Gender, Anglo-Imperialism and the West Indies’)
    • 2004: £1,059, AHRB Collaborative Research Training Scheme (PI, lead research student Mark Llewellyn); PGR conference on ‘Masculinity as Masquerade’ (Gregynog, 25-26 Apr. 2005)   
    • 2001-2: £13,750, AHRB Research Leave Scheme (New Woman Strategies: Sarah Grand, Olive Schreiner, Mona Caird, MUP, 2004)

    Postgraduate and undergraduate awards

    • 1990-92:  Full German doctoral scholarship ('Graduiertenförderung'™), with a top-up grant by the DAAD for doctoral studies undertaken in the UK (Leeds) 
    • 1981-1982: Sorbonne, Paris: scholarship funded by the DAAD / German Academic Exchange Service
    • 1980-1981: University College Cardiff: scholarship funded by the DAAD

    Professional memberships

    Executive committee membership

    • BAVS (British Association for Victorian Studies): Membership Secretary 2005-8, Executive Committee 2001-8, 2015-20 
    • FSA (then FWSA, Feminist and Women’s Studies Association): Coordinator of Small Grants scheme (2009-10)
    • LSW (Learned Society of Wales) Scutiny Committee B1 (Languages, Literature and the History and Theory of the Creative and Performing Arts), 2017- 
    • NCUP (National Council of University Professors): Immediate Past President, 2010-12, President 2008-10, Vice-President 2006-8, executive committee member 2005-15
    • WHN (Women’s History Network): Chair of judges, WHN Book Prize (2009-11), invited panel member (2008-9), member of WHN Steering Committee (2009-11) 

    Ordinary membership of: CWWA (Contemporary Women Writers Association), MLA, NAVSA (North American Victorian Studies Association), Charlotte Perkins Gilman Society, Fawcett Society

      Academic positions

      Previous academic posts

      • 2005-2012:   Professor of English, Department of English, University of Hull
      • 1999 - 2005: Lecturer (B), Senior Lecturer (2001-4), Professor (2004-5), Department of English, Swansea University 
      • 1996 - 1999: Lecturer in English, Manchester Metropolitan University
      • 1994 - 1996: Lecturer (fixed term) in Women's Studies, University of Bradford
      • 1991 - 1994: Tutor (part time), WEA, Leeds
      • 1991 - 1994: Tutor (part time) in Adult and Further Education (3 AE/FE colleges, Leeds); language instructor for Leeds Metropolitan University
      • 1987 - 1992: Language instructor ('Lektorin') and (from 1990) sessional tutor, German Department, School of Modern Languages, University of Leeds 
      • 1985 - 1986: Research Assistant, School of English, University of Töbingen, Germany (employed by Professor Dr. Hans-Werner Ludwig; additional 2 month contract in the summer of 1987)

      Administrative and management roles

      Cardiff University: 

      • School service: REF2021 UoA lead for English Language and Literature; Director of Research (responsible for English, Communication and Philosophy), Aug. 2016-; previously subject DoR for English Literature and Critical and Cultural Theory (2012-2013; 2014-2015; 2016; Senior Management Team (2016-); Research Strategy committee, ENCAP (2012-; chair from 2016); ENCAP promotions panel (2012-13, 2014-15); ENCAP research leave panel (2012-13, 2016-); ENCAP School Board (2012-13, 2016-17) and SMT (2017-21); ENCAP appointments panels (2012-13) 
      • College of Arts and Social Sciences service: DoR committee; Humanities Connect (College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences) committee (2012-Dec.2013, Oct. 2014-July 2015)
      • University service: Rolling REF (2016-17, 2017-18): ‘Critical Friend’ to MLANG, WELSH, SHARE, JOMEC   

      University of Hull: 

      • Departmental service: Director of Research (2007-12); REF co-ordinator (2008-11); Director of Graduate Studies (PGT and PGR, sem. 2, 2010-11; PGT, sem.2, 2011-12); events and public lectures convenorship: Annual English Lecture (Elaine Showalter, 2007; Patricia Duncker, 2008; Ahdaf Soueif [with Catherine Wynne], 2009); Annual Victorian Lecture (Elaine Showalter, 2010; Margaret Stetz, 2011); convenor of departmental research seminar series (Spring 2008; Spring/Autumn 2009; coordinator of four research strands 2009-11); MA convenor, Women, Gender and Literature (2006-11)
      • Faculty/University-wide service: Contributions to Staff Development Training (Preparing Evidence for Professional Advancement: External and professional contribution, 2007; Supervision of Research Students in the Arts and Humanities, 2008, 2009, 2010; AHRC Fellowship Application: From the perspective of the peer reviewer, 2009; AHRC Research Grant Evaluation and Peer Review, 2011); University REF Working Party (2010- spring 12) and ‘critical REF friend’ (Business Studies, History and Politics); Faculty REF working party (2010-11); Founding Director, Centre for Victorian Studies (2009-11); Faculty Research Executive (2007-12); Faculty of Health and Social Care Review Group (2006-8); Senate (2007-10); Faculty Board (2006-8); RAE appeals panel (2007)
      • Leadership training: Leadership Programme (Hull 2007-8), Head of Department training (Hull, 2007); Senior Strategic Leadership Programme, 2007 (Leadership Foundation for Higher Education). 

      Swansea University:

      • Departmental service: Implemented and convened research seminar strand (‘Women and Gender’, 2003-5) with international mailing list (ongoing); Founding Director, Centre for Research into Gender in Culture and Society (2003-5); implementation and convenorship of MA in Gender and Culture (2003-5); implementation of BA in English with Gender (2004, with Sarah Gamble)
      • Faculty and University service: Committee memberships (2001-5): Council; Senate; Human Resources; Research Committee; Academic Staffing (SL promotions); Academic Development and Training; Equal Opportunities.implemented and convened research seminar strand (‘Women and Gender’, 2003-5); Member and chair of appointments committees since 2004

      Bradford University: Admissions Tutor, BA Women’s Studies and Social Policy (1994-96)

      Senior Staff Development training 

      • Aurora Women’s Leadership Programme: Role Model (2016-17, 2017-18)
      • Leadership Programme (Hull 2007-8), Head of Department training (Hull, 2007)
      • Senior Strategic Leadership Programme, 2007 (Leadership Foundation for Higher Education)
      • Contributions to Staff Development Training (Hull: Preparing Evidence for Professional Advancement: External and professional contribution, 2007; Supervision of Research Students in the Arts and Humanities, 2008, 2009, 2010; AHRC Fellowship Application: From the perspective of the peer reviewer, 2009; AHRC Research Grant Evaluation and Peer Review, 2011)

        Speaking engagements

        Visiting Professorships, Masterclasses and PGR/ECR training lectures

        • 2005    Visiting Professorship, Department of British and American Studies, University of Debrecen, Hungary (April)
        • 2009    Masterclass, Department of English, French and German, University of Malaga, Spain (13 May)
        • 2009    Masterclasses, Women’s and Gender Studies Institute, University of Granada, Spain (18-19 Dec).
        • 2010    Masterclasses, Women’s and Gender Studies Institute, University of Granada, Spain (16-17 Dec)
        • 2011    Masterclasses, Department of English, French and German, University of Malaga, Spain (13-14 Jan, 24 Oct)
        • 2011    Masterclasses, Department of English, French and German, University of Malaga, Spain (24 Oct)
        • 2011    Masterclasses, Women’s and Gender Studies Institute, University of Granada, Spain (25-26 Oct)
        • 2012    Masterclasses, Department of English, French and German, University of Malaga, Spain (26 April)
        • 2013    Masterclasses, Department of English, French and German, University of Malaga, Spain (9-10 May)
        • 2013    Masterclass, Department of English, French and German, University of Malaga, Spain (8 November 2013)
        • 2014    Masterclass and lecture for doctoral programme, Department of English, French and German, University of Malaga, Spain (26 May 2014)
        • 2014    Masterclasses, Department of English, French and German, University of Malaga, Spain (21 Nov. 2014)
        • 2015-20 Masterclasses and doctoral training, Department of English, French and German, University of Malaga, Spain (May 2015, May 2016, May 2017, May 2018, May 2019, March 2020 [online], March 2021 [online])
        • 2017: PGR/ECR training session on academic job applications & preparation for interviews, BAVS conference 2017, ‘Victorians Unbound’ conference, Bishop Grosseteste, Lincoln, 22 Aug. 2017
        • 2018: ECR training lecture, ‘Navigating the REF’ event organised by BAVS/BARS-funded 19th-Century Matters Fellow Claire Stainthorp, Cardiff University, 19 May 2018.
        • 2020-21: Visiting Professor, Centre for Victorian Studies, Leeds Trinity University (March 2021: ‘Capitalising on Opportunities from Doctoral Research’)
        • 2022: Masterclasses, Department of English, French and German, University of Malaga, Spain (4-5 May 2022)

        Invitations and keynotes

        • 1998: Research seminar: ‘Die Neue Frau in der britischen Literatur der Jahrhundertwende’ (‘The New Woman in British turn-of-the-century literature’), School of English, University of Tübingen, Germany, 4 November.
        • 2001: Research seminar: ‘Hysteria and the New Woman’, School of English, University of Stuttgart, Germany, 15 May.
        • 2002: Research seminar: ‘The Apple of her I: George Egerton meets Hélène Cixous–Writing the feminine body at the fin de siècle’, School of English, University of Glasgow, 19 February.
        • 2002: Invited panel organiser and presenter: ‘The New Woman’, ‘Idealisms and Materialism’/annual BAVS conference, University of Hull, 5-7 September.
        • 2003: Research seminar: ‘Visionary Desires: Theosophy, auto-eroticism and the seventh-wave artist in Sarah Grand’s The Beth Book’, Gender and Sexuality seminar, Institute of English Studies, University of London, 23 January.
        • 2003: Workshop paper: ‘Male Fears and Fantasies of the New Woman’, ‘Feminism/Antifeminism in the Victorian Periodical Workshop’, King’s College, Cambridge, 9-10 May. 
        • 2003: Keynote: ‘Representing the New Woman: A Grand Performance’, ‘The Woman Question: Then and Now’ conference, Edge Hill College, 24-25 July.
        • 2004: Research seminar: ‘Kleinian Object-Relations and Mourning in George Moore’s “Albert Nobbs”’, German Department, Leeds University, 11 March.
        • 2004: Research seminar: Wild Woman, Hermaphrodite, New Woman: Constructing and Performing the Feminist in the 1890s’, Department of British and American Studies, University of Debrecen, Hungary, 7 May.
        • 2004: Workshop paper: ‘Victorian Women’s Voices and Editorial Way Stations’, SSHRCC-funded ‘Multi-Mediating Women’s Voices, 1870-1930’ conference, Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario, Canada, 9-12 September.
        • 2004: Invitation to discuss exchange programme between Swansea and York Universities with Professor Lorna Marsden, President, and senior staff from the Women’s Studies faculty, York University, Toronto, Canada, 14 September.
        • 2005: Research seminar: ‘The New Woman and First-Wave Feminism in the Nineteenth Century’, Department of Lifelong Learning, University of Wales Bangor, 12 March.
        • 2005: Research seminar (with Mark Llewellyn): ‘Victorian Sexual Anarchists? The New Woman and the Gay Dandy at the Fin de Siècle’, Dept. of English, University of Szeged, Hungary, 16 April 
        • 2005: Keynote:Our Women: Arnold Bennett’s Chapters on the Sex-Discord (1920), ‘Arnold Bennett and the Idea of the Feminine’ conference, Staffordshire University, 11 June. 
        • 2006: Research seminar (with Mark Llewellyn): ‘From Wagnerian Künstlerroman to Freudian family romance: George Moore’s Evelyn Innes (1896) and Sister Teresa (1901)’, Victorian research seminar, Oxford University, 13 February.
        • 2006: Research seminar: ‘Editing Multiple Moores’, Dept of English, Bangor University, 8 March
        • 2006: Keynote: ‘Haunted Bodies and Victorian Gender Relations: The Case of George Moore’, and training workshop (on academic job applications), ‘Haunted Bodies: Gender and (Dis)Embodiment’ postgraduate research conference, Swansea University, 21-22 July.
        • 2006: Invited respondent, panel on ‘Non-Western Perspectives on the Fin de Siècle’ (invited by Professor Regenia Gagnier, Incoming Presiding Officer of MLA Division ‘Late Nineteenth to Early Twentieth Century English Literature’), MLA annual convention, 27-30 December, University of Philadelphia, US
        • 2007: Keynote: ‘Feminist waves, the return of the repressed, and the meaningfulness of historical categories’, ‘Riding the Third Wave: Feminist Criticism in the New Millennium’ symposium, GENCAS, Swansea University, 26 January; available online at:
        • 2007: Invited paper (with Mark Llewellyn): ‘“A Bibliographic Jungle”: On Editing George Moore’, ‘George Moore: Across Borders’ conference, Université de Lille, France, 30-31 March. 
        • 2008: Keynote: ‘The New Victorians: Contemporary Culture in the Nineteenth Century’, ‘Heritage and the Victorians’ conference, University of Liverpool, St Deiniol’s Library, 26-28 June.
        • 2008: Keynote: ‘Written on the Body: Textual and Sexual (Re)Inscriptions’, ‘Adapting the Nineteenth Century: Revisiting, Revising and Rewriting the Past’ conference, University of Wales Lampeter, 22-24 August 2008.
        • 2009: Lecture: ‘The Transnational and Global New Woman: Victorian Modernities, Neo-Victorian Returns’, Indiana University, Bloomington, US, 20 Feb. 2009.
        • 2009: Research seminar: ‘Sex and Science in Contemporary Neo-Victorian Women’s Writing’, Department of English, Northampton University, 5 March.
        • 2009: Guest lecture: ‘Neo-Victorian Film and Metatextual Magic: The Prestige and The Illusionist’, University of Malaga, Spain, 13 May.
        • 2009: Workshop paper: ‘Sex, Religion, and the New Woman in China’, SSHRCC-funded workshop on ‘Religious Discourses of Sex 1870-1930’, University of British Columbia, Canada, 27-30 August.
        • 2009: Workshop paper: ‘Neo-Victorian Experiments on Darwin, the Scientific Explorer, and Gender’, ‘Darwin our Contemporary – Re-Imaginations and Medialisations of Darwin and Cultures of Neo-Darwinian Ideas’ conference, University of Siegen, Germany, 27-28 November.   
        • 2010: Keynote: ‘Deferred Desire and Textual Consummation in “The Lovers of Orelay” and Memoirs of My Dead Life’, ‘George Moore and Human Nature’ Fourth International George Moore Conference, University of Alméria, Spain, 25-27 March.
        • 2010: Workshop paper: ‘Essentialism in Literature and Culture: Gender, Science, and the Three Feminist Waves’, British Academy-funded workshop on ‘The Roles of Essentialism’, University of Exeter, 14 May.
        • 2010: Workshop paper: ‘Revolting Daughters, Mamma and Mrs Grundy: Generational conflict, consumption, and the New Woman at the fin de siècle‘, ESRC-funded seminar on ‘Mothers, Daughters and the Feminine/Feminist’, ‘Intergenerational Perspectives’ series, Said Business School, University of Oxford, 13 September.
        • 2010: Keynote: ‘Postcolonial Neo-Victorianism: Orientalism and Transculturalism in Adhaf Soueif’s The Map of Love (1999) and Kate Pullinger’s The Mistress of Nothing (2009)’, with training workshop (‘Paths to Publication’), and roundtable discussion, ‘Re-Imagining the Victorians’ conference, University of Leeds, 18 September
        • 2010: Workshop paper: ‘Academic Publishing and Careers in Contemporary Women’s Writing’, PGCWWN (Postgraduate Contemporary Women Writers’ Network) event on ‘Theory and Practice in Contemporary Women’s Writing’, University of Leicester, 23 October   
        • 2010: Research seminar: ‘Spectres of the Past in Contemporary Fiction and Film: The Haunted House in Alejandro Amenabar’s The Others and Sarah Waters’ The Little Stranger‘, English seminar, Bishop Grosseteste College, Lincoln, 8 November
        • 2010: Annual lecture: ‘Spectres of the Victorian in the Neo-Forties Novel: Sarah Waters’s The Little Stranger (2009) and Its Intertexts’, School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies, Portsmouth University, 7 December
        • 2011: Research seminar: ‘Sarah Waters’s Metatextual/Metasexual Games with the Past’, Brunel Centre for Contemporary Writing / Network for Gender and Sexuality, Brunel University, London, 2 March
        • 2011: Workshop paper on ’Research Planning: Moving strategically from (post)doctorate to academic career’, PGR training day, Dept of English, Leeds University, 12 April 
        • 2011: Guest lectures, School of International Studies, University of International Business and Economics, Bejing, China, 9-12 May
        • 2011: Keynote: ‘Representations of the (Proto)Darwinian Scientist in Contemporary Women’s Writing’, ‘Time & Space in Contemporary Women's Writing’ PGCWWN conference, University of Hull, 8-9 September. 
        • 2011: Keynote: ‘Modernist Returns: Traces of Neo-Victorianism in Early Twentieth-Century Literature’, ‘The Trace in Literature’ conference, University of Malaga, Spain, 20-22 October
        • 2012: Research seminar: ‘“Charismatic Illusions”: Textual as sexual tease in George Moore's Memoirs of My Dead Life', Cultures in Contact Research Forum, School of English and Languages, University of Surrey, 9 February.  
        • 2012: Keynote, ‘Modernist Appropriations: Neo-Victorianism in Woolf, Sinclair and Graves’, ‘Nineteenth Century Memory: Appropriations and Adaptations’ postgraduate colloquium, Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies, Leeds Trinity University College, 3 March
        • 2012: Keynote: ‘Dickens’s Women’, ‘The Other Dickens’ conference, University of Portsmouth, 6-8 July.
        • 2012: Keynote: ‘Gender, Genre and Neo-Victorian Impurities: James Miranda Barry in 20th and 21st-century biography and biofiction’, AHRC-funded Genre Research Network workshop conference on ‘Gender, Genre and Identity’, University of Birmingham, 24 November 2012
        • 2013: Keynote, ‘The New Woman in China’, ‘Victorian Orientalism’ conference, University of Catania (Ragusa Ibla, Sicily, Italy), 28-29 June 2013.
        • 2013: Roundtable organiser and chair: ‘Global Perspectives on Neo-Victorianism’ (with own contribution), ‘Neo-Victorian Cultures: The Victorians Today’ conference, Liverpool John Moores, 24-26 July 2013.
        • 2013: Roundtable chair: ‘Albert Nobbs and Other Lives’ (with own contribution), 6th International George Moore conference, Paris, 4-6 October 2013. 
        • 2013: Keynote: Criminal Conversation(s) across the Centuries: Victorian and Neo-Victorian Connections and Transactions’, ‘Transactions and Connections: Memories of the Past in the European Context’ conference, University of Malaga, Spain, 9-11 October 2013.    
        • 2013: Research seminar: ‘The Law and the Lady: Neo-Victorian Representations of Victorian Divorce Scandals’, Department of English research seminar series, University of Glasgow, 14 Nov. 2013
        • 2014: Invited paper (with Mark Llewellyn), ‘Revisioning Sextualities: The Sexual and Textual Transformations of “John Norton”’, George Moore Symposium, Princess Grace Institute, Monaco, 3-5 Oct. 2014.  
        • 2015: Keynote: ‘Re/Tracing James Miranda Barry in Neo-Victorian Biographilia: Performances in Gender/Genre Hybridity’, ‘Material Traces of the Past in Contemporary Literature’ conference, University of Malaga, Spain, 6-8 May 2015.
        • 2015: Keynote: ‘The New (Other) Victorians: Reimagining the Global Nineteenth Century’, ‘Literature and Transnational Studies: An Encounter between East and West’ conference, Hunan University of Business and Technology, Xiangtan, China, 28-31 May 2015.
        • 2016: Guest lectures, ‘Charles Dickens and Women: Revisionary Readings in Biography and Biofiction’, School of International Studies, UIBE, Beijing, 6 June, and ‘The (Neo-)Victorians Today: The Nineteenth Century in the Contemporary International Imagination’, English Department, Foreign Studies University, Beijing; 7 June 2016, China.
        • 2016: Keynote: ‘From James Barry to Mary Braddon: Writing Gender Imposture and Madeline’s Mystery (1882)’, ‘From Brontë to Bloomsbury III: Reassessing Women’s Writing from the 1880s and 1890s’ conference, International Centre for Victorian Women Writers, Canterbury Christ Church University, 25-26 July 2016.
        • 2016: Guest lecture on ‘Writing Games with Doctor James: James Miranda Barry in Neo-Victorian Life Writing’; masterclass on James Barry; contribution to research workshop on Impact (‘Generating and assessing Impact across the Humanities, Social Sciences and Creative Arts’,, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, 1-2 Nov. 2016.
        • 2017: Guest lecture on ‘Performance Games with Dr James: Remediating historical transgender and the case of James Barry’, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, 23 March 2017.
        • 2017: Keynote: ‘Cross-dressing and/in Life-writing: Transgender, Transgenre and the Case of James Miranda Barry’, conference on ‘Cross-Dressing in Fact and Fiction: Norms, Bodies, Identities’, University of Toulouse, France, 20-21 April 2017.
        • 2017: Invited paper: ‘Writing the 19th-century Crossdresser: James Miranda Barry in Life-Writing’, ‘Writing Women’s Lives: Past and Present perspectives’ workshop, Portsmouth University, 15 June 2017.
        • 2017: Guest lecture: ‘Trans/formations in Gender and Genre: James Miranda Barry in Neo-Victorian Life-Writing’, University of Hildesheim, Germany, 27 June 2017.
        • 2017: Keynote, ‘“Tell me your secret Doctor James”: Gender-crossing, life-writing and the case of James Barry’, Bi-ennual conference on English Studies, ‘From Queen Anne to Queen Victoria. Readings in 18th and 19th century British literature and culture’ conference, University of Warsaw, Poland 27-29 September 2017.
        • 2018: Keynote, ‘Victorian Body Politics and Neo-Victorian Body Poetics: The Contested Body of the Wife in Mid-Victorian Divorce Trials’, Victorian Literary Meetings: Rising Stars 1 conference, University of Warsaw, Poland, 20 April 2018; podcast:
        • 2018: Invited paper, contribution to closing President’s Panel, annual BAVS conference 2018: ‘Patterns of Neo-Victorianism’, ‘Victorian Patterns’ conference, University of Exeter, 29-31 August 2018.
        • 2018: Workshop paper, REF training: ‘Environments of Excellence’, delivered at the ‘Environments of Literature and Science’ British Society for Literature and Sciences Winter Symposium, Cardiff University, 24 Nov. 2018    
        • 2019: Guest lecture, ‘Games with Neo-Victorian In/Authenticity: Representations of Victorian Transgender’, ‘Trans/genre, Trans/narrative’ workshop, University of Szczecin, Poland, 25 April 2019
        • 2019: Keynote, ‘Neo-Victorian “Orientations” in the Twenty-First Century’ conference, University of Malaga, Spain, 15-17 May 2019
        • 2019: Keynote, ‘Trans/Studies, Trans/Lives’ symposium, UCL, London, 25 May 2019
        • 2019: Guest lectures, ‘Infamous Wives: The Intemperate Female Body in Mid-Victorian Divorce Trials’, English Department, University of Hildesheim, Germany, 3-5 June 2019  
        • 2019: Contribution to workshop for mid to senior career academics on ‘Building Research Capacity in Victorian Studies and Beyond: Implementing Structures and Strategies for Supporting Colleagues and Institutional Research Cultures’, annual BAVS conference 2019 (‘Victorian Renewals’), University of Dundee, 29 August 2019.
        • 2020: Guest lecture: ‘Faking It: Neo-Victorian Games with In/Authenticity in Representations of Lizzy Siddall and the PRB’, ‘Celebrity & Memory: Victorian & Neo-Victorian Perspectives’ Ring Lecture, School of English, University of Vienna (online), Q&A session 29 Oct. 2020.
        • 2021: Guest lecture, ‘Neo-Victorian Biofiction and the Pre-Raphaelites: Representations of Elizabeth Siddall - Poet, Painter and Tragic Muse’, School of Foreign Studies, University of Science and Technology, Beijing, 7 April 2021 (online).
        • 2022: Keynote, ‘Heterotopic spaces of female transgression in neo-historical women’s film: The Piano and Portrait of a Lady on Fire’, ‘(Re)Mapping the Victorian Household: Locating Liminal Spaces and Identities’ ECR conference, University of Hildesheim, Germany, 28 April (online)
        • 2022: Guest lecture, ‘Reading Neo-Historical Film: Heterotopia and Female Transgression in The Piano and Portrait of a Lady on Fire’, University of Malaga, Spain, 4 May
        • 2022: Keynote, ‘Lucy's Nose: On the trail of Freud, his Scottish governess patient, and Vienna in the 1890s, 1940s and 1980s’, ‘Victorian Resurrections’ conference, University of Vienna, Austria, 22-24 September 
        • 2022: Guest lecture, 'Who is Afraid of James Miranda Barry? Reflections on the Representational Politics of Historical Transgender Performance and Identity', Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies, Leeds Trinity University, 26 October 2022.

        Public engagement

        • 2004-5: Management Board, Swansea Multicultural Women’s Centre (2004-5)
        • 2009: Annual Tennyson Lecture: ‘The Afterlives of Tennyson’, Tennyson Society, Lincoln, 6 June.
        • 2012: Contribution on Victorian section to ‘My best bit of historic Britain: historians’ and authors’ top tips’, The Guardian, 17 August 2012,
        •  2012: Contribution (alongside Professor David James and Dr Stephanie Ward) to Cardiff Book Talk series with a presentation on Sarah Waters’s The Little Stranger, 30 October 2012,
        • 2013: Introductory talk on The Prestige, ‘Victoriana: The Art of Revival’ film series in conjunction with an exhibition at Guildhall Art Gallery, Birkbeck School of Arts Cinema, Birkbeck, University of London, 5 November 2013,
        • 2015: Interviewed (on the New Woman, romance and the bicycle) by Lucy Worsley for second episode (‘Victorian Love Stories’) of three-part BBC programme A Very British Romance (interview date, Haddon Hall, 9 June 2015), broadcast on BBC4 on 15 October 2015,
        • 2015: Public lecture on ‘Hardy, Women and Marriage’, Dorset County Museum, National Trust, 30 July 2015,
        • 2016: Short talk on ‘Transgender, Sexology and the 19th century’ (on James Barry and the Chevalier D’Eon) and contribution to panel discussion following a screening of The Danish Girl, ‘Tinted Lens’ series of events curated by Katie Featherstone, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff  (National Cinema for Wales in collaboration with the British Film Institute (Film hub Wales, 25 January 2016  
        • 2016: Chair and introducer, with talk on neo-Victorianism, Cardiff Book Talk session on neo-Victorianism, with authors Gaynor Arnold and John Harding, 7 March 2016
        • 2016: ‘Transgender in historical perspective: The “case” of James Miranda Barry’: Public engagement activities and talk on James Barry, learning and discussion session in strand on ‘Inheriting Liberation’, at ‘World Emergenc(i)es’: Control and Calculation: Inheriting Liberation: Improvised Publics’  event, Bristol, Trinity Centre, 14 June 2016,
        • 2019: Interviewed for Alison Flood’s Guardian article on ‘New novel about Dr James Barry sparks row over Victorian’s gender identity’,
        • 2020: Interviewed by D-M Withers for her blog post on ‘Carmen Callil, Cats and Feminist Generations’, British Library ‘English and Drama Blog’, 2 Nov. 2020, Carmen Callil, Cats and Feminist Generations - English and Drama blog
        • 2020: ‘Transgender in the Long 19th Century: The Chevalier D’Eon and James Barry’, contribution to ‘A Look into the Trans Archive’ event, part of the ‘Unfinished Business’ exhibition, British Library, 10 Nov. 2020, - BL Player - A Look into the Trans Archive - The British Library

        Conference contributions and internal research seminar presentations 

        • 1993: (2) Loughborough (6 March, Southampton (25 September)
        • 1994: (2) Exeter (16 April), Luton (1 July)
        • 1995: (3) Leeds (18 February), Lancaster (25 March), Manchester (16 September)
        • 1996: (2) Nene College Northampton (9 March), Central Lancashire (16 March)
        • 1997: (3) Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, US (26-28 June), Trinity and All Saints, Leeds (14-16 July), Westminster College Oxford (13 September)
        • 1998: (2) University of London (27 February), York (17 April)
        • 1999: (2) Birkbeck (24 April); Edge Hill (6-7 July)
        • 2000: (4) MMU (24-27 July), University of Dresden, Germany (31 August -3 September), Central Lancashire (13-15 October), Maastricht Center for Transatlantic Studies (the Netherlands, October), Wolverhampton (11 November)
        • 2001: (4) Newcastle (5-6 July), Science Museum, London (12-15 July), Edge Hill (26-27 July), Lancaster (6-8 September)
        • 2002: (4) Rothermere Institute, Oxford (5-8 April), University of Madison, Wisconsin, US (19-21 April), Edge Hill (25-26 July), Hull (5-7 September)
        • 2003: (4) Bristol (25 April), University College Worcester (26 April), Swansea (5-7 August), Aberystwyth (4-6 September)
        • 2004: (5) University of Michigan, US (30-31 January), Reading (1 May), University of Wales Conference Centre Gregynog (27-28 July), Keele (3-5 September), Prague, Czech Republic (5-7 November)
        • 2005: (5) UCC, Ireland (19-20 March), King’s College London (25 May), Leeds (11-13 July), Gloucestershire (5-7 September), University of Virginia, Charlottesville, US (30 September –2 October)
        • 2006: (4) Hull (20 May), Staffordshire (10 June), Liverpool (7-9 September), London (22 November)
        • 2007: (3) Salford (30 August -1 September), Exeter (10-12 September), De Montfort (28 September)
        • 2008: (4) Hull (7 April), London (16 July), Hull (5-6 September), Royal Society, London (22 October)
        • 2009: (2) Newcastle (26-28 June), London (1 July)
        • 2010: (4) Lincoln (10 July), Erlangen, Germany (8-10 April), Glasgow (1-4 September), Warwick (10-12 September)
        • 2011: (3) NUI Galway (3-6 June), Leeds Trinity University College (25 June), Birmingham (BAVS, 1-3 September)
        • 2012: (1) Sheffield (BAVS, 30 Aug-1 Sept. 2012)
        • 2013: (2) Cardiff (‘Crime Narratives’ research seminar, 2 May 2013); Paris (‘George Moore’s Paris and his Ongoing French Connections’, 6th International George Moore conference, 4-6 Oct. 2013)
        • 2015: (2) ‘Victorian Ages’, Leeds Trinity University (BAVS 2015, 27-29 August 2015); ‘George Moore in London’, 7th International George Moore Conference, City Literary Institute, London, 11-13 Sept. 2015
        • 2016: (1) Triennual IAUPE conference, London, 25-29 July 2016
        • 2017: (4) ‘George Egerton and the fin de siècle’ conference (contribution to roundtable), Loughborough University, 7-8 April 2017; ‘The Future of the Victorians’ roundtable, ‘English Shared Futures’ conference, Newcastle, 5-7 July 2017, sponsored by the English Association, University English, the National Association of Writers in English, and the HEA, with the support of the Institute of English Studies; ‘Consuming Gender’ conference, Cardiff University, 14 July 2017; ‘Victorians Unbound: Connections and Intersections’, BAVS 2017 conference, Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, 22-24 August 2017  
        • 2018: (2) ‘George Moore: Transnational and Cosmopolitan Networks on the Page and Canvas’, NUI Galway, Ireland, 14-15 June 2018; ‘Victorian Patterns’, annual BAVS conference, Exeter University, 29-31 August 2018
        • 2019: (2) ‘Victorian Renewals’, BAVS 2019 conference, University of Dundee, 28-30 August 2019; ‘Truth Innovation and Commitment: The Artistic Legacy of George Moore’, 10th International GM conference, Almeria, Spain, 24-25 Oct 2019. 
        • 2022: (2) BAVS annual conference, University of Birmingham (1-3 Sept. 2022); ‘Women and Comedy 1890-1950’, International conference of The Elizabeth von Arnim Society’, Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge (17-18 Sept. 2022, online)

        Committees and reviewing

        Research and Funding Councils:

        • 2018-22: Deputy Chair, REF 2021 sub-panel 27 (English Language and Literature), appointed from criteria-setting phase
        • 2011-2014: Member, sub-panel 29 (English Language and Literature)
        • 2008: Specialist Advisor to sub-panel 57 (English Language and Literature), RAE 2008
        • 2015-20: Member, ARC (Australian Research Council) College of Assessors
        • 2004-14: Member, AHRC Peer Review College; Strategic Reviewer from 2013; panel member (Fellowship scheme, Oct. 2014; Fellowship scheme Jan. 2011)
        • 2009: Invited assessor, OTKA (Hungarian RC, Research Grants scheme)
        • 2008: Invited assessor, ESRC (Research Grants scheme)
        • 2005: Invited assessor, SSHRCC (Canada; Research Grants scheme)
        • 2004: Invited assessor, IRCHSS (Irish RC; Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme)

        Research consultancy/REF advisor

        • (English) School of Music, Humanities and Media, University of Huddersfield (REF training and outputs assessment, 2015-)
        • English Department, University of Durham (Research review, Sept.-Oct.2015)
        • English, University of Exeter (Research event, 7 Jan. 2016)
        • Humanities, Bishop Grosseteste, Lincoln (REF workshop, 18 February 2016)
        • English, National University of Ireland, Republic of Ireland (outputs assessment, spring 2016)
        • English, University of Bristol (REF workshop, 10 May 2016; REF outputs assessment, Feb. 2017)
        • English, University of Greenwich (REF workshop, 16 June 2016; REF outputs assessment, Feb. 2017)
        • English, University of Strathclyde (REF outputs assessment, spring 2017)
        • English, Edinburgh University (REF outputs assessment, 2017-18)
        • English, University of Surrey (REF workshop, 7 June 2017)
        • English and Humanities, Brunel University (REF workshop, 13 Dec. 2017)
        • As Deputy Chair of REF2021 SP27: REF2021 overview, University English AGM, University of York, 13 April 2019
        • Alongside other REF2021 panellists: Contribution to REF panel session, English Shared Futures 2022, Manchester, 8 July 2022

          Editorial and advisory boards

          • ELT/English Literature in Transition (2009-20)
          • Memory Studies (2006-)
          • Neo-Victorian Studies (2008-)
          • Studies on Women and Gender Abstracts (2008-)
          • Women’s History Review (2001-)  
          • Advisory board, Olive Schreiner Letters Project (dir. Liz Stanley, Edinburgh, ESRC-funded project, 2008-12),

          Peer reviewing 

          • Academic journals: C21 Literature; English; Gothic Studies; History of the Family; Journal of American Studies; Journal of Gender Studies, Journal of Victorian Culture; Journal of Women’s History; Literature & History; Modernism/Modernity; Nineteenth-Century Literature; Studies in the Novel; Texas Studies in Language and Literature; Victorian Periodicals Review; Victorian Review; Victorian Studies; Women’s Writing)
          • Publishers: Ashgate; Broadview Press; Ohio State University Press; Palgrave; Pearson Education
          • Entries for encyclopedias: Blackwell Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature

          Invited pre-publication reviews for book covers:

          • Iveta Jusová, The New Woman and the Empire (Ohio State University Press, 2005)
          • Kirsti Bohata, ed. Stranger Within the Gates: A Collection of Short Stories by Bertha Thomas (Honno, 2008)
          • Constance D. Harsh, ed. Edith Johnstone, A Sunless Heart (Broadview Press, 2008)
          • Rachel Carroll, Transgender and the Literary Imagination (Edinburgh UP, 2018); Jessica Cox, Neo-Victorianism and Sensation Fiction (Palgrave, 2019) 

          External assessor, promotions and appointments

          • UK:Kingston University; University of Wales Aberystwyth; University of Wales Bangor; University of Liverpool; University of Salford; University of Glasgow; Lincoln University; Portsmouth University; University of Leicester; University of Glamorgan; University of Aberdeen
          • International: Indiana University Southeast, USA;  Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada; Kent State University, USA;  ANU, Australia  
          • Professorial promotions panel (Soutenance), Sorbonne, Paris (Dec. 2017)  

          External validation of MA programmes

          • MA English Literature, University of Westminster (2005)
          • MA Women’s Studies, University of Wales Bangor (2005)
          • MA English, Bishop Grosseteste, Lincoln (internal pre-validation event, 2015)

          External examiner, under/postgraduate

          • BA Gender Studies and Social Policy pathway, University of Bradford (2001-4)
          • MLitt in Victorian Literature, University of Glasgow (2006-10)
          • MA/MSc in Gender, Sexuality and Culture, Birkbeck, University of London (2010-11)

          External examiner, PhD theses

          • 2005: University of Haifa, Israel (‘Transforming Paradigms: The Witch Stereotype in Modern Female Writing’)
          • 2005: La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia (‘Legends of the Fall: Sensational Press Events of Fin-de-Siècle Melbourne’)
          • 2005: Birkbeck College, University of London (‘New Woman and Suffrage Drama by Women, 1880-1928’)
          • 2008: Manchester Metropolitan University (‘The Yellow Book and Fin-de-Siècle Magazines: Gender, Journalism and Urbanity’)
          • 2008: University of Queensland, Australia (MPhil, ‘Feasts, Fiends and Feminists: The Performance of Aberrant Female Appetite in Neo-Victorian Fiction’)
          • 2008: University of Exeter (‘Empire of the Imagination: Victorian Popular Fiction and the Occult’)
          • 2010: Leeds Metropolitan University (‘“But puppets themselves have passions”: The Ventriloquial Influence of Oscar Wilde on Angela Carter, Will Self, and Sarah Waters’)
          • 2010: Lancaster University (‘Epistolary Encounters: Diary and Letter Pastiche in Neo-Victorian Fiction’)
          • 2013: Leicester (‘The Negotiation of Feminisms and Queer Theories in the Novels of Sarah Waters, 1998-2009’)
          • 2013: Exeter (‘Female Sexuality in French Naturalism and Realism, and British New Woman Fiction, 1850-1900’)
          • 2013: Royal Holloway (‘Individualism, the New Woman, and Marriage in the Novels of Mary Ward, Sarah Waters, and Lucas Malet’)
          • 2020: Surrey (‘Sartorial Spectres: Re-Fashioning the Past in the Neo-Victorian Novel’)
          • 2020: Glasgow (‘Oscar Wilde’s Queer Afterlives: Sexuality in Post- and Neo-Victorian Wildeana’)
          • 2020: Birkbeck (‘“The spectres of past lessons, imperfectly erased”: Queer History and the Palimpsest in the Fiction of Sarah Waters’)






















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          Since 2012 I have contributed to first-year modules on ‘Critical Reading and Critical Writing’ and 'The Novel' and convened and taught three specialist modules: 'Victorian Fiction' (Year 2), 'Gender and Monstrosity: Late-Victorian to Neo-Victorian' (Year 3) and an MA module on 'Neo-Victorian Metatextualities'.

          In the session 2016-17 I was nominated for two teaching awards ('Most effective teacher' and 'Most innovative member of staff'), and in 2017-18 I was shortlisted (as one of three members of Cardiff University staff) for the ‘Most innovative member of staff’ category for the 2018 Enriching Student Life Awards process.

          Research fields

          My fields of expertise are Victorian, especially fin-de-siècle literature, in particular the New Woman and the Anglo-Irish writer George Moore, and contemporary neo-Victorianism. More generally I have research interests in Victorian to 21st-century women's writing, gender and sexuality. I have written monographs on turn-of-the-century feminist literature (New Woman Fiction: Women Writing First-Wave Feminism, 2000, and New Woman Strategies: Sarah Grand, Olive Schreiner, Mona Caird, 2004). My other two monographs are on neo-Victorian literature, culture, gender and life-writing: a co-authored study of Neo-Victorianism: The Victorians in the Twenty-First Century (with Mark Llewellyn, 2010), and most recently a monograph on Neo-/Victorian Biographilia and James Miranda Barry: A Study in Transgender and Transgenre (2018). I am now working on a book on Neo-Victorianism and In/Authenticity.

          My edited work includes a critical edition of The Collected Short Stories of George Moore (with Mark Llewellyn, 2007) and (co-edited) essay collections on George Moore: Influence and Collaboration (also with Llewellyn, 2014), the New Woman (Feminist Forerunners, 2003; and New Woman Hybridities, 2004, the latter with Margaret Beetham) and Metafiction and Metahistory in Contemporary Women's Writing (2007, with Llewellyn). I have also (co-)edited four multi-volume anthology sets (The Late-Victorian Marriage Question, 1998; Sex, Social Purity and Sarah Grand, with Stephanie Forward, 2000; Anti-Feminism in the Victorian Novel, 2004; and Anti-Feminism in Edwardian Literature, with Lucy Delap, 2006).  

          For a detailed list that includes journal articles and chapters in books see the Publications page.    

          General editor, book series and digital resources:

          • History of Feminism anthology series, Routledge (21 titles since 2000);
          • Routledge Historical Resources: The History of Feminism database, Routledge (2016) [This resource incorporates the History of Feminism anthology series into a comprehensive digital archive of critical and source texts],
          • Gender and Genre monograph and essay collection series, Routledge (formerly Pickering and Chatto) (16 titles since 2009)

          Conference organisation

          I have (co)organised five international conferences, at

          • Cardiff: 'Consuming (the) Victorian', BAVS annual conference 2016
          • Hull: 'Neo-Victorian Art and Aestheticism' (2011, sponsored by BAVS); 'George Moore and his Contemporaries' (2008, sponsored by the British Academy and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Ireland)
          • Swansea: 'Hystorical Fictions: Women, History, Authorship’ (2003)
          • Manchester: 'Feminist Forerunners: The New Woman in the International Periodical Press’ (2000)

            In addition I have convened symposia and smaller conferences, at the University of Wales Conference Centre in Gregynog (˜Gendering the Subject’, 2004) and for the NCUP in 2006, 2008 and 2009 (˜'RAE2008: The Mentoring and Support of Early Career Researchers', 'Counting on Excellence: Bibliometrics and the Future of Research Funding and ˜Languages and Internationalisation: Globalisation and the 21st-century University'). 

            I maintain an international Call for Papers mailing list on 'Women and Gender'. To be added to the list, email me.

            Research grants

            I have held research grants from the AHRC (under the Collaborative Doctoral Training scheme, and twice the former Research Leave scheme), the ESRC in conjunction with the AHRC and British Academy (AHRC/BA/ESRC Visiting Fellowship scheme), and the British Academy (twice under the AHRC/BA/ESRC Visiting Fellowship scheme; Visiting Professorship scheme; Conference Grant scheme; Overseas Conference scheme) and BAVS (British Association for Victorian Studies, conference grant). Most recently I have been a member of two MINECO (Spanish government) funded research projects (PI Rosario Arias, University of Malaga): 'Orientation: Towards a Dynamic Understanding of Contemporary Fiction and Culture (1990s-2000s)’ (ongoing) and ‘New Critical Approaches to the Trace and its Application to Recent Literature Written in English’.

            For invitations, keynotes and public lectures, and public engagement see the Biography page.



              • Women's writing, Victorian to contemporary
              • Gender and sexuality, Victorian to contemporary
              • The New Woman and Victorian feminism 
              • Fin-de-siecle literature and culture
              • Neo-Victorianism; neo-historical studies

              Current research students (primary supervision)

              • Karen Power, ‘George Egerton: Constructions of Identity at the Fin de Siècle’’ (part-time; 2016-)
              • Arwa Al-Mubaddel, ‘The Feminist Metaself and Metamodernism in British Women’s Writing, 1960s to 1990s’ (2019-)

               Postdoctoral mentoring

              I am keen to work with postdoctoral scholars interested in my fields, and have previously mentored two externally funded projects (on motoring in turn-of-the-century women's writing, funded by the SSHRCC, and on the New Woman and religion, funded by three AHRC/BA/ESRC Visiting Fellowships).

              Current supervision

              Karen Power

              Research student

              Past projects

              PhD student completions (primary supervision): 

              Cardiff University:

              • Akira Suwa, ‘“Staying in the Mess”: Gender, Sexuality and Queer Heterotopic Space in Sarah Waters’s Neo-Historical Narratives’ (2019)
              • Katherine Mansfield, ‘Sensationalising the New Woman: Crossing the Boundaries between Sensation and New Woman Literature, 1859-1901’ (2019)
              • Megen de Bruin Molé, ‘Frankenfiction: Monstrous Adaptations and Gothic Histories in 21st-Century Remix Culture’ (2017)
              • Dány van Dam, ‘Ethnic and Sexual Stereotyping in Neo-Victorian Fiction’ (2017)
              • Catherine Han, ‘Re-imagining the Brontës: (Post)Feminist Middlebrow Adaptations and Representations of the Feminine Creative Imagination, 1996-2011’ (2015).
              • Maura Dunst, ‘Music and Gender in New Woman Fiction’ (2013) 

              University of Hull:

              • Theresa Jamieson, ‘Female Confinement in Neo-Victorian Fiction’ (2015; supervised to viva stage, 2012; corrections overseen by Professor Valerie Sanders following my move to Cardiff)
              • Allison Neal, ‘Neo-Victorian Impersonations: 19th-Century Transvestism in Contemporary Literature’ (2013)
              • Nadine Muller, ‘Gender, Sexuality and Third-Wave Feminism in 21st-Century Neo-Victorian Fiction’ (2012) 
              • Matthew Mitton, ‘“Michael Field”: Collaboration, Aestheticism, and Desire in the Writings of Katharine Harris Bradley (1846-1914) and Edith Emma Cooper (1862-1913)’ (2008)
              • Joel Gwynne, ‘The Secular Visionaries: Centering Aesthetic Identities in New Zealand Short Fiction 1935-2006’ (2008)

              Swansea University:

              • Mei-Fang Chang, ‘The Child and the Spirit: Archetypal Patterns in New Woman Fiction’ (2007)
              • Jessica Cox, ‘The Law and the Lady: Legal and Bodily Representations of Women in the Fiction of Wilkie Collins’ (2007)
              • Ceri Mills, ‘Infeminations: Exemplary (Di)Visions of the Feminine in George MacDonald and Yasunari Kawabata’ (2004)
              • Rachel Sarsfield, ‘The Insect World: An Entomological Reading of Virginia Woolf’ (2004)