Lucie ArmittLucie Armitt (University of Lincoln)

Lucie is PI of Programme and Chair of Exec. Planning Group. She is Professor of Contemporary English Literature at the University of Lincoln.  Lucie is a researcher in twentieth- and twenty-first-century literature, with an especial interest in all aspects of the literary fantastic, including the Gothic. Her major publications include Where No Man Has Gone Before: Women and Science Fiction (Routledge, 1991), Theorising the Fantastic (Arnold, 1996), Contemporary Women’s Writing and the Fantastic (Palgrave, 2000), A Readers’ Guide to George Eliot (Palgrave, 2000), Fantasy Fiction (Continuum, 2005) Twentieth-Century Gothic (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2011). She is currently working (with Scott Brewster) on Gothic: Tourism and Text.


Clare Hanson (University of Southampton)

Clare Hanson

Clare is Professor of Twentieth-Century Literature. Her research interests lie in twentieth and twenty-first century women's writing and in the relationship between medicine and culture. She has published essays on feminist theory and on many individual writers including Angela Carter, Esther Freud, Helen Fielding, Doris Lessing and Michèle Roberts. Her books include Virginia Woolf (1994), A Study of the Woman's Novel in the Twentieth Century (Hysterical Fictions, Palgrave Macmillan, 2000) and most recently A Cultural History of Pregnancy: Pregnancy, Medicine and Culture, 1750-2000 (Palgrave, 2004).

Clare's current interests include theoretical and fictional responses to new reproductive technologies and the cultural implications of twentieth-century genetic science. 


Nadine Muller

Nadine Muller (Liverpool John Moores University)

Nadine is a Lecturer in English Literature and Cultural History. Before joining LJMU, she gained her Ph.D. in English Literature at the University of Hull in 2012. Nadine’s research covers Victorian and neo-Victorian literature and culture, contemporary women’s fiction, feminist theory and practice, and cultural histories of women and gender from the nineteenth century through to the present-day.

Having published several book chapters and journal articles in these areas, she is currently working on two monograph projects: one based on her doctoral research on The Feminist Politics of Neo-Victorian Fiction, 2000-2010, and a study entitled The Widow in British Literature and Culture, 1850-2000. Nadine is the co-editor of the six-volume anthology Women and Belief, 1852-1928 (Routledge, 2012) and of Postfeminism and Contemporary Hollywood Cinema (Palgrave, 2013). Nadine blogs at, where she also runs The New Academic. She can be found on Twitter via @Nadine_Muller.


Fiona Tolan (Liverpool John Moores University)

Fiona TolanFiona is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature & Cultural History. Her research is primarily concerned with contemporary literature, with a strong emphasis on British and Canadian writing, and on feminist and postcolonial theories. Since completing a PhD in 2004 on the relationship of Margaret Atwood’s fiction with second-wave feminism, Fiona has maintained a strong research interest in Atwood’s work, and is a member of the International Advisory Board for the Margaret Atwood Studies journal, and author of Margaret Atwood: Feminism and Fiction (2007).

Her current research is broadly concerned with recent British writing. At the moment she is working on a monograph provisionally entitled Painting Whilst Rome Burns: The Good of Art in Contemporary British Fiction, which is concerned with the debates around the representation of art and literature as a moral Good, as they occur in the works of writers such as Zadie Smith, Ian McEwan, Pat Barker and Kazuo Ishiguro. Fiona is also working towards a co-authored book on post-millennial British fiction. 


Susan Watkins (Leeds Metropolitan University)

Susan is Reader in Twentieth-Century Women's Fiction. Her main research interests are in the field of twentieth-century and contemporary women's fiction and feminist theory. She welcomes research students interested in all areas of women's prose fiction and feminist theory. Susan is a founder member and currently Chair of the Contemporary Women's Writing Association and Associate Editor for the Oxford journal Contemporary Women's Writing. She is also Co-Editor, with Dr Claire Chambers, of the Journal of Commonwealth Literature. Susan’s recent research work has focused on the Nobel Prize winning novelist Doris Lessing. Her book on Lessing was published by Manchester University Press in their Contemporary World Writers series in 2010. The book looks particularly at the treatment of race, nation, gender and genre in Lessing's writing. Susan was also the Academic Coordinator of the Second International Doris Lessing conference, hosted by the School of Cultural Studies and Humanities in July 2007. She has also recently published on contemporary women’s apocalyptic writing (her new project), and on ageing and gender in the work of Doris Lessing, Margaret Atwood and Penelope Lively.


Gina Wisker

Gina Wisker (University of Brighton)


Gina is Professor of Higher Education & Contemporary Literature and Head of Brighton’s Centre for Learning and Teaching. Her principal research interests are in twentieth-century women's writing, particularly postcolonial writing and popular fictions and she has published Postcolonial and African American women's writing (Palgrave Macmillan, 2000), Guides to Sylvia Plath, Virginia Woolf, Toni Morrison, Angela Carter (2000-2003, Hodder) and a companion to Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace, and another to The Handmaid’s Tale (Continuum) Key Concepts in Postcolonial Writing (2007 Palgrave Macmillan) and Horror (2005, Continuum). In 2012 Palgrave Macmillan published her Margaret Atwood, an Introduction to Critical  Views of Her Fiction. Gina also teaches, supervises, researches and publishes in learning and teaching areas, specialising in postgraduate study and supervision and has published The Postgraduate Research Handbook (2001) and The Good Supervisor (2005) (both Palgrave Macmillan).


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