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British Writing and Culture 1750-1900

Research covers studies in intellectual history, genre, philosophy, gender, biography, social culture, and religion. Please see individual staff profiles for more specific descriptions of research interests; projects cover a great diversity of topics, authors, genres and approaches. Staff engage in research that advances critical understandings of periodization, reception, textuality, print culture, literary history, sociability, and differing types of transition within the period.


John Fletcher, BA (Melbourne), BPhil (Oxford) – Associate Professor

Three main areas: eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Gothic and related writing; the formation of modern gay and lesbian cultural identities, subcultures and writings; psychoanalytic theory, especially the work of Jean Laplanche, which he translates and edits from the French. He has edited volumes on film melodrama (Melodrama and Transgression, in Screen 1987), Julia Kristeva (Abjection, Melancholia and Love, 1990) and Jean Laplanche (Jean Laplanche: A Dossier, 1992), and a collection of Laplanche’s metapsychological papers, Essays on Otherness (1999) and a special issue of New Formations (2002-03). He has recently published essays on Laplanche's metapsychology (Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 2007), Freud and Sophocles' Oedipus The King (Textual Practice, 2007), and Freud and E. T. A. Hoffman (Angelaki, 2002). He is finishing a book on Freud and the Scenography of Trauma that addresses the status and power of traumatic scenes in Freud's interpretative practice and models of psychic life, as well as a collection of studies of traumatic narratives in film and literature. In the near future, he will be overseeing the translation into English of Laplanche's complete works. He is also incubating a book on Modernity and the Gothic, the haunting of the culture of modernity by the ineradicable hold of tradition and inheritance. He is also a member of the Critical Theory research group, the Translation, Theory and Practice research group, and the Literature and Psychoanalysis research group.


Emma Francis, BA, MA (Southampton), PhD (Liverpool) – Associate Professor

Research is located at the interface of Victorian studies and feminist thought and with particular interest in 19th century British women's poetry especially Amy Levy, Letitia Landon, Emily Bronte and Mathilde Blind. Her current research focuses on the intellectual traffic between Bloomsbury and the East End between 1880 and 1920, examining the key figures Olive Schreiner, Eleanor Marx, Clementina Black, Israel Zangwill and Stewart Headlam. She is also working currently on a shorter project 'Psychoanalysis in Egypt: Victorian "science" and Freud's "historical novel"'. She is also a member of the Literature and Pyschoanalysis research group and the Religion and Literature research group.


Emma Mason, BA, MA (Cardiff) PhD (Warwick) BAPDF (Oxford) - Professor

Research interests are focused on English and American poetry from 1740-present day, specifically how poetry illuminates the relationship between emotion, faith and the Bible. Her books include Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century (Writers and their Work, 2006); The Cambridge Introduction to Wordsworth (Cambridge University Press, 2010); and with Mark Knight, Nineteenth-century Religion and Literature: An Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2006); as well as the co-edited volumes, The Blackwell's Companion to the Bible in English Literature (2009) and The Oxford Handbook of the Reception History of the Bible (2010). Her new edition of Elizabeth Jennings' poetry is forthcoming with Carcanet; and she is currently working on two books: Wordsworth and Forgiveness; and, with Mark Knight, Faithful Reading: Poetry and Christian Practice. She is also a member of the Religion and Literature research group and of the Critical Theory research group.


Pablo Mukherjee, BA, MA Jadavpur University, Calcutta, M.Phil (Oxford), PhD (Cambridge) – Professor

Researches Victorian and contemporary colonial/post-colonial literatures, eco-criticism, cultural materialism and genre fictions. He is the author of two books - Crime and Empire (OUP 2003) and Postcolonial Environments (Palgrave, 2010), and a wide range of scholarly articles. He has recently edited a special issue of the Yearbook of English Studies on 'Victorian World Literatures' (41:2, 2011), and has chapters in the forthcoming New Cambridge History of English Literature: The Victorians (CUP, 2012) and the Oxford Handbook of Eco-Criticism. Pablo Mukherjee is writing his next monograph, 'Natural Disasters and Palliative Empire: Fevers, Famines and Victorian Writing (forthcoming, Palgrave: 2013) and is finishing a joint-authored book on 'Peripheral Modernism' with the members of the Warwick Research Collective. He is also a member of the Post-colonial and World Literary Studies research group.