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Christopher Yiannitsaros

I am a final year, full-time PhD candidate in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies. My AHRC funded project is being supervised by Dr. Emma Francis, and examines Agatha Christie's use of the Gothic via her nineteenth century interlocutors. I began my doctoral research in October 2011, having completed an MA in English Literature (2009; Distinction) and a BA in English Literature (2008; First Class Honours). During the interim between my Masters and Doctoral study, I was employed in the arts sector: as a writer and research officer for a North London art gallery.

I am a member of the Middlebrow Research Network and my primary research interest is in women's 'middlebrow' fiction of the early-mid twentieth century and the ways in which this particular kind of fiction intersects with the older literary tradition of the Gothic. More broadly, I have research interests in, and have published on topics that include, Gothic literature from the mid-nineteenth century through to the present day, constructions of English national identity in and by 'middlebrow' and genre fiction from the 1880s to the 1950s, front cover design and the ways in which this might influence the percieved 'meaning' of a novel, and the interrelations between narrative and ethics in contemporary British and American fiction. I am also a member of the Centre for Studies of Home and BAVS.

In February 2013, I was awarded a Humanities Research Centre Doctoral Fellowship. This one-year award - which was won in collaboration with my colleagues Mary Addyman and Laura Wood - resulted in our organisation of a one-day interdiciplinary conference, Devouring: Food, Drink and the Written Word, 1800-1945, which took place here at Warwick on 8th March 2014.

I was co-organiser of the postgraduate Gothic Literature Reading Group from 2012-2014, and have additonally facilitated sessions for the interdisciplinary Victorian Culture Reading Group. In the 2012-13 academic year I was chair of the Postgraduate SSLC.


In the 2013-14 academic year, I am teaching on the undergraduate module EN246: Feminist Perspectives on Literature. For my teaching on this module I was nominated for a Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence (PGR) in the 2014 competition.

Previously, my teaching commitment has been to the undergradute module EN123: Modern World Literatures.


For more information on my research, conferences I have presented at, organised, or attended, and my publications please see the appropriate sub pages.

Warwick Profile April 2014

C dot Yiannitsaros at warwick dot ac dot uk

"[T]he middlebrows [...] are the go-between; they are the busybodies who run from one to the other with their tittle tattle and make all the mischief - the middlebrows, I repeat. But what, you may ask, is a middlebrow? And that, to tell the truth, is no easy question to answer.

- Virginia Woolf, 'Middlebrow', in Collected Essays, Volume II (London: The Hogarth Press, 1966) p. 198.


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