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Research interests

My primary research interests are in women’s writing (particularly the inter-war period), historical fiction, Modernism, Welsh writing in English, and the Gothic.
My most recent book, Christopher Meredith (University of Wales Press, 2018), is the first full-length study of the poetry and prose of one of Wales’s most talented and versatile contemporary writers.
Other monographs include Female Gothic Histories: gender, history and the Gothic (University of Wales Press, 2013) which traces the development of Gothic historical fiction from Sophia Lee’s The Recess (1783) through the work of Elizabeth Gaskell, Vernon Lee and Daphne du Maurier to the novels of Sarah Waters. The Woman’s Historical Novel: British Women Writers, 1900-2000 (Palgrave, 2005) is a survey of historical fiction by women, including detailed discussion of writers such as Georgette Heyer, Naomi Mitchison, Sylvia Townsend Warner, Mary Renault, Dorothy Dunnett, Philippa Gregory, A.S. Byatt and Pat Barker.
I am currently working on a study of Modernism and historical fiction.

Teaching interests

I teach the first year module, ‘Reading/Writing Women’, a second year module on ‘Modernism’, and the third year modules ‘Gothic Literature’ and ‘Historical Fictions: Women Writing the Past.’

Education/Academic qualification

BA (Hons)




External positions

Co-editor of the Gender Studies in Wales series, University of Wales Press

Co-editor of The International Journal of Welsh Writing in English

Co-director, Centre for Gender Studies in Wales

Leader of the English Research Unit


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