School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Staff Profile

Dr Barbara Franchi

Teaching Assistant


I work on postwar and contemporary fiction, especially neo-Victorian and neo-historical writings.

My current project looks at mobility and identities in neo-historical literature about empire.

I obtained my PhD in English literature from the University of Kent in 2017, where I wrote a thesis on A. S. Byatt and intertextuality, and where I taught English Literature (from the Romantic to the Contemporary) and Academic Writing Skills for 5 years. 


PhD in English Literature: University of Kent, 2017

MA in English and Postcolonial Literature: Ca' Foscari University of Venice, 2011

BA in European Languages and Cultures (English and French): Ca' Foscari University of Venice, 2009


I research neo-Victorianism, gender and sexuality, and cultural memory in contemporary literature. After examining the role of intertextuality in A. S. Byatt’s oeuvre in my doctoral thesis, I am currently developing a postdoctoral project on the memory of empire in neo-Victorian and contemporary historical fiction.

Crucially, this new research places literature from Britain in conversation with postcolonial texts exploring imperial history; it also updates and broadens the definition of neo-Victorianism by considering this literature in continuity with representations of imperial history as a whole. My key publications to date include journal articles for Neo-Victorian Studies and Partial Answers, and several (published and contracted) book chapters.

My work has also covered travel culture in the nineteenth century, as my co-edited collection of essays, Crossing Borders in Victorian Travel: Spaces, Nations and Empires (Cambridge Scholars 2018), shows. In 2019, I have also delivered my first plenary talk (University of Cantabria, Spain), in which I compared Byatt’s neo-Victorian fictions to the postcolonial and ecocritical discourses developed in Amitav Ghosh’s work


This year, I'm teaching on:

SEL2206 - Contemporary Cultures

SEL2210 - Independent Research Project

and I'll be lecturing on SEL2205 - Fictions of Migration.