Professor Marie Mulvey-Roberts

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  • Qualifications:BA (Hons), MA, PhD University of Manchester, PGCE in English and TEFL, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Position:Professor of English Literature
  • Department:ACE - Creative and Cultural Industries
  • Telephone:+4411732 84455

About me

​Marie Mulvey-Roberts is Professor of English Literature and has published over 30 books.  Her most recent single-authored book Dangerous Bodies: Historicisng the Gothic Corporeal (Manchester University Press, 2016) is the winner of the Alan Lloyd Smith Memorial Prize and reflects her interest on the relationship between literature, history and human rights. She has edited two books on the death penalty in America, including Out of the Night: Writings from Death Row (New Clarion Press, 1994), which won the LifeLines book of the year and Writing for their Lives: Death Row USA (Illinois University Press, 2007), nominated for the Gustavus Myers Center's Outstanding Human Rights Book Award. Her current research is on the imprisonment of suffragette Constance Lytton and her grand-mother, the Victorian novelist Rosina Bulwer Lytton, whose experience of being wrongly incarcerated in a lunatic asylum is documented in her memoir A Blighted Life (1880), one of several of her books, which she has edited, along with a 3-volume edition of her letters (Pickering and Chatto, 2008). Her present project is a biography of these radical women and their political and family connections.

She is the editor of the international quarterly journal Women's Writingpublished by Routledge on historical women writers, which she co-founded in 1994, and she is also the founder of the Mapping Literary Bristol Project, which led to her edited collection of essays, Literary Bristol: Writers and the City (Redcliffe Press, 2015). She has drawn attention to Angela Carter as a Bristol writer by co-curating the exhibition Strange Worlds: The Vision of Angela Carter at the Royal West of England Academy Bristol (9 December-19 March 2017) which attracted over 11,000 visitors and, with Charlotte Crofts, she created the website and co-founded the Angela Carter Society, along with Caleb Sivyer.  In addition, she has edited and co-edited several books on Carter, 18 volumes on the history of British Feminism, literature and medicine, Gothic literature,  the eighteenth century, and Global Frankenstein (Palgrave, 2018), co-edited with Carol Margaret Davison.  She has been awarded a Leverhulme Trust Fellowship and a Visiting Fellowship at the Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University. PhD students are welcomed in areas relating to her field of interests.​​​

Area of expertise

Gothic, religion and gender

Literature and medicine

Radical women writers (1792-1918)​​

Literary Freemasonry

Angela Carter

Mary Shelley

Edward and Rosina Bulwer Lytton

Literary Bristol​​

Writing and ​prisoners​


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