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 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 latest human rights research relates to female sexual health and to the historical, literary, and cultural representations of FGM and gynaecological malpractice. In addition, she is exploring stigmas surrounding the menopause, building on the work she has already carried out on menstrual taboo.  

Her present project is a biography of radical women, the suffragette Constance Lytton and her grand-mother, the Victorian novelist Rosina Bulwer Lytton, whose memoir of being wrongly incarcerated in a lunatic asylum she has edited, along with a 3-volume edition of her letters (Pickering and Chatto, 2008). She edited three volumes of the letters of Rosina's contemporary, the women's rights campaigner Caroline Norton (Routledge, 2020) with Ross Nelson. They have also co-edited an unpublished novel by Norton.

Marie Mulvey-Roberts is the Editor-in-chief of the international quarterly journal Women's Writing for Routledge on historical women writers, which she co-founded in 1994, and is also a General Editor for the Bloomsbury Studies in Global Women's Writing.

She is 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 2016-19 March 2017) which attracted over 11,000 visitors and, with Charlotte Crofts, she created the website With Caleb Sivyer, they co-founded the Angela Carter Society. In addition, Marie Mulvey-Roberts has produced several books on Carter, including The Arts of Angela Carter (2019), and Angela Carter' s Pyrotechnics (2022) with Charlotte Crofts. Other edited books include 18 volumes on the history of British Feminism, Literature and Medicine during the Eighteenth Century (1993) with Roy Porter and Global Frankenstein (Palgrave, 2018) 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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