School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Staff Profile

Dr Emma Short

Teaching Fellow in Victorian and Modernist Literature


I am a Teaching Fellow in Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century Literature in the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics at Newcastle University. 


PhD, ‘No Place Like Home: The Hotel in Modernist Women’s Writing’ - Newcastle University (AHRC-funded)

M.A.(Dist.) in Modern and Contemporary Studies - Newcastle University

B.A. (1st Hons) in English Literature & Philosophy - Oxford Brookes University


Research Interests

My research focuses primarily on literature of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and in particular on space, movement and embodiment in modernist, middlebrow and popular fiction, as well as on literatures of travel. I also have a secondary research interest in contemporary literature.

Current Work

I am currently completing my monograph on the hotel in British fiction from 1850-1939. which explores the way in which the hotel functions across the boundaries of late nineteenth and early twentieth-century literature, providing a reading of modernist, middlebrow, and popular fiction. Alongside this, I am also working on my next research project on British traveller Gertrude Bell's literary heritage and the making of the modern Middle East, which places her writings alongside the fiction and non-fiction she read prior to and during her travels. 


'An Important Part of National Work': Women and Leisure during the First World War (AHRC) - Co-PI with Dr Stacy Gillis



Semester One

SEL2204: Victorian Passions