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 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


My research interests are: neo-Victorian literature and culture, contemporary women's writing, critical theory and feminism.

List of Publications


Crossing Borders in Victorian Travel: Spaces, Nations and Empires (co-edited with Elvan Mutlu) Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2018)

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

‘The Neo-Victorian Chinese Diaspora: Masculinity and Postcolonial Subversion in Pacific Gold Rush Novels’, Neo-Victorian Studies (2019)

‘Written in the Stars? Women Travellers as Forgers of Destinies in Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries’, Partial Answers (2018)

Explorers, Doctors and Butlers: Queer Masculinity and Empire in Wilkie Collins’s The Moonstone’, in Crossing Borders in Victorian Travel: Spaces, Nations and Empires, co-edited with Elvan Mutlu. Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2018)

‘Dangerous Mothers and their Children: Writing and Other Secrets in Possession and The Children’s Book’, in A. S. Byatt, before and after Possession: recent critical approaches, edited by Armelle Parey and Isabelle Roblin. Nancy, PUN-Editions Universitaires de Lorraine (2017)

 ‘Travelling across Worlds and Texts in A. S. Byatt’s Sea Narratives’, in Sea Narratives: Cultural Responses to the Sea, 1600 - Present, edited by Charlotte Mathieson. Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan (2016)

Special Issues

Modernity and Mobility: Victorian Women Travelling, Special Forum of Partial Answers (2018, guest-edited with Professor Murray Baumgarten)

Feminist Movements Across the Board: Analyses and Approaches, Special Issue of Contention: The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest (2014, guest-edited with Natàlia S. Perez)

Book Reviews

‘Review of: Benjamin Poore, ed., Neo-Victorian Villains (Leiden: Brill/Rodopi, 2017), Victoriographies (2019; solicited review);

‘Review of: Clare Johnson, Femininity, Time and Feminist Art (Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013)’, Contention: The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest, 2.1 (2014), pp. 81-83.


This year, I'm teaching on:

SEL2206 - Contemporary Cultures

SEL2210 - Independent Research Project

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