School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Staff Profile

Dr Stacy Gillis

Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature



I grew up in New Brunswick, Canada. The School currently has an exchange, which I set up, with Dalhousie University (, where I studied as an undergraduate. I'm very happy to talk to students interested in spending a semester in Canada.

Roles and Responsibilities

On maternity leave (until July 2012).

Qualifications Classics (Dalhousie), M.A. in English (Acadia), Ph.D. in English Literature (Exeter)

Previous Positions

I was a Research Fellow at the University of Exeter (2001-04).


Feminist and Women's Studies Assocation
Modern Language Assocation
Crime Studies Network
Association of First World War Studies
Assocation for Research in Popular Fictions


English & French


Research Interests

My research falls into four main areas, all linked by my primary interest in the relationship between gender and genre: women's writing and feminist theory; crime fictions, particularly detective and sensation novels; cybertheory and cyberpunk; and, First World War Studies.

Current Work

I am writing a book on the corpse and forensics in contemporary fiction.  Next up is a book on the rise of the British detective novel.

Postgraduate Supervision

I welcome applications from prospective research students in the following fields: C20 women's writing; feminist history and theory; C20 popular culture; cybertheory, cyberpunk and technology studies; sensation and detective fiction; and, First World War studies;

Current Ph.D. Students
Katherine Cooper - Nationhood in the Fiction of Storm Jameson (AHRC)
Anne Graefer - Celebrity and Skin in Cyberspace

Completed Ph.D. Students


Emma Short - No Place Like Home: The Hotel in Modernist Women's Writing (AHRC) 


Lee Barbrook - Teaching the Conflicts: Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon and The Baroque Cycle (AHRC)

Katherine Farrimond - Beyond Backlash: The Femme Fatale in Contemporary Hollywood Cinema (AHRC)

Lucy Gallagher - The Contemporary Middlebrow Novel: (Post)Feminism, Class and Domesticity (AHRC)

Colleen Robertson - The Antebellum White Mistress: Culpability and Complexity in American Women's Retrospective Fiction

Robin Stoate - Reading Cyberspace: Fictions, Figures and (Dis)Embodiment (AHRC)

Ellen Turner - Law, the Domestic and Sovereignty in Interwar Women's Writing (AHRC)

Haifaa al-Hadi – Sleeping Beauties or Laughing Medusas: Myth and Fairy Tale in the Work of Angela Carter, A.S. Byatt and Marina Warner
Malcah Effron – ‘If Only This Were a Detective Novel’: Narrative Devices in Twentieth-Century Detective Fiction

Sian Harris - The Canadian Künstlerroman: The Creative Protagonist in L.M. Montgomery, Alice Munro and Margaret Laurence (AHRC)
Maureen Sunderland - The Long Goodbye: Hard-boiled Interpretations of the City, Femininity, and Masculinity after Chandler

Esteem Indicators

Editorial Board, Feminist Theory
I review articles for Clio, Contemporary Women's Writing, Cultural Politics, Girlhood Studies, Modern Language Review, Mosaic, and PMLA, amonst others.
I have reviewed proposals and manscripts for Oxford University Press, Manchester University Press, Sage, Ashgate and I.B. Tauris.
I have been a Ph.D. examiner at Swansea University, the University of York, and Manchester University, amongst others.


Catherine Cookson Fund (2011)

Leverhulme International Network: Approaching War: Childhood, Culture and the First World War (2010-13)
UTLC Innovation Fund (2009)
Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence (2009)
Erle Stanley Gardner Fellow, Harry Ransom Centre (2008/09)
UTLC Innovation Fund (2007)
British Academy Small Research Grant (2007)
CRASSH Fellow, Cambridge University (2007)
HASS Faculty Teaching Fellowship (2006)
British Academy Conference Grant (2006)
English Subject Centre Project Funding (2005)
British Academy Overseas Conference Grant (2005)


Undergraduate Teaching

I am on maternity leave until July 2012.

Postgraduate Teaching

I am on maternity leave until July 2012.