Dr Gillian Ballinger

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About me

I joined UWE in 2003 and since then have taught a range of modules across all levels. Currently I am module leader for the level 2 modules Forms of Reading/Reading Forms and Victorian Frictions. I also teach on the level 2 module Romanticism Unbound as well as the level 3 module English Independent Project.
 
My research is broadly in the area of nineteenth-century literature and culture, more specifically on the work of Charles Dickens and other nineteenth-century novelists. I have published a number of articles on Dickens and have edited a special edition on the Bront√ęs for the journal Women's Writing. I was interviewed on BBC Radio Somerset and BBC Radio Bristol in 2012 as part of the Dickens bicentennial celebrations and organised and delivered Dickens Day 2012 at the Arnolfini, Bristol, a day-long event celebrating the writer's life and work and his relevance for a twenty-first century audience. Presently I am working on Dickens's ghost stories. 
 
I have been researching and presenting papers on the cultural appropriation of Jane Austen in the South West and how the area features in her fiction. I ran a session as part of a day-long public engagement event, Reading Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice at the Arnolfini, Bristol in December 2013. I have recently had two articles published on Austen and the South West.
 
Most recently I have been working on Elizabeth Gaskell and adaptation. I gave a paper to the Gaskell Society at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution on Wives and Daughters and Andrew Davies' BBC adaptation in October 2015.
 

Area of expertise

Dickens

Nineteenth-century literature and culture

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