Dr Marie Mulvey-Roberts

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  • Qualifications:BA (Hons) English Literature and Language, MA (by research), PhD University of Manchester, PGCE in English and TEFL, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Position:Associate Professor in English Literature
  • Department:ACE - Arts and Cultural Industries
  • Telephone:+44 (0)117 32 84455
  • Email:Marie.Mulvey-Roberts@uwe.ac.uk

About me

Following an initial focus on the eighteenth century, I developed an interest in Gothic Romanticism, especially Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. My Gothic interests continued further into the nineteenth century and led to publications on Charles Maturin, Edward Bulwer Lytton, Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker. My latest book Dangerous Bodies: Corporeality and the Gothic (Manchester University Press, 2016) also connects with my interest in human rights. I have edited books on the death penalty in America, the most recent of which, Writing for their Lives: Death Row USA (Illinois University Press, 2007) was nominated for the Gustavus Myers Center's Outstanding Human Rights B​ook Award. Incarceration is an area which relates to my research on the imprisoned suffragette Constance Lytton and her grand-mother, the Victorian novelist Rosina Bulwer Lytton, who was put in a lunatic asylum by her husband, Edward and whose letters I edited for a three-volume edition (Pickering and Chatto, 2008). Her experiences of the asylum are documented in her memoir A Blighted Life (1880), one of several of her books, which I edited. My ongoing project is a critical biography of these radical women and their political and family connections.
I am the author of three monographs and have edited many books, including The Handbook of the Gothic  (rvd 2009) which was translated into Japanese in 2015.  I am the editor of the international journal Women's Writing, on women writers up to 1918. My membership of editorial boards includes Gothic Studies, Dissections: The Journal of Contemporary Horror and Cauda Pavonis: Studies in Hermeticism. I am the founder of the Mapping Literary Bristol Project and the editor of Literary Bristol (Redcliffe Press, 2015​).  I have been drawing attention to Angela Carter as a Bristol writer and to this end co-curated the exhibition Strange Worlds: The Vision of Angela Carter at the Royal West of England Academy Bristol (9 December-19 March 2017) and co-edited the cataolgue.  I am also editing two more books on Carter, one with Charlotte Crofts.  I have been the recipient of a number of fellowships, most notably a Leverhulme Trust Fellowship and Visiting Fellowship at the Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University. I welcome PhD students in areas of interest​.

Area of expertise

Gothic, gender and the body in the long nineteenth century
Radical women writers
Literary Freemasonry
Literature and medicine


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