School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Staff Profile

Dr Stacy Gillis

Senior Lecturer in Twentieth-Century Literature & Culture


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


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 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

Book on early twentieth-century British crime fiction.


Postgraduate Supervision

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


Current Ph.D. Students

Sarah France - Pre-Apocalyptic Fiction and Genre

Evie Jeffrey - Capital Punishment in Women's C20 Middlebrow Fictions (Robinson Bequest Bursary)

Joey Jenkins - Queer Ruralities in Contemporary American Culture (REA & Fulbright)

Chiara Pellegrini - Narratology and Queer Temporalities in Post-Classical Fictions (Killingley Trust)

Caroline Rae - Anthropogenic Water in Fictions of the Northern Atlantic Peripheries (Killingley Trust & Robinson Bequest Bursary)


Completed Ph.D. Students

2017 - Stephanie Butler, "'Just a Heap of Rubble': Trauma and Home Loss in British Women's Personal Correspondence during the Second World War" (SSHRCC)

2017 - Anne Carruthers, "The Uterus as Narrative Space in Contemporary Cinema from the America"

2016 - Faye Keegan, “Soft Metafiction(s): Mary Stewart and the Self-Reflective Middlebrow”

2013 - Anne Graefer, “Skin, Celebrity and Cyberpace: Humour and Affect on Gossip Websites”

2013- Katherine Cooper, “Beyond Borders: War and Nation in the Novels of Storm Jameson, 1937-1961” (AHRC)

2012 - Emma Short, “No Place Like Home: The Hotel in Modernist Women's Writing” (AHRC) 

2011 - Lee Barbrook, “Teaching the Conflicts: Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon and The Baroque Cycle” (AHRC)

2011 - Katherine Farrimond, “Beyond Backlash: The Femme Fatale in Contemporary Hollywood Cinema” (AHRC)

2011 - Lucy Gallagher, “The Contemporary Middlebrow Novel: (Post)Feminism, Class and Domesticity” (AHRC)

2011 - Colleen Robertson, “The Antebellum White Mistress: Culpability and Complexity in American Women's Retrospective Fiction”

2011 - Robin Stoate, “Reading Cyberspace: Fictions, Figures and (Dis)Embodiment” (AHRC)

2011 - Ellen Turner. “Law, the Domestic and Sovereignty in Interwar Women's Writing” (AHRC)

2010 - Haifaa al-Hadi, “Sleeping Beauties or Laughing Medusas: Myth and Fairy Tale in the Work of Angela Carter, A.S. Byatt and Marina Warner”

2010 - Malcah Effron. “‘If Only This Were a Detective Novel’: Narrative Devices in Twentieth-Century Detective Fiction”

2009 - Sian Harris, “The Canadian Künstlerroman: The Creative Protagonist in L.M. Montgomery, Alice Munro and Margaret Laurence” (AHRC)

2009 - 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, amongst others.
I have reviewed proposals and manuscripts for Oxford University Press, Manchester University Press, Sage, Ashgate and I.B. Tauris.
I have been a Ph.D. examiner at Swansea, Goldsmiths, York, and Manchester, amongst others.



2015                Arts and Humanities Research Council Grant: ‘An Essential Part of National Work’: Women and Leisure during the First World War

2014                Commendation, Barbara Reynolds Award (for work published on Dorothy L. Sayers in the previous decade) for “Consoling Fictions: Mourning, World War One and Dorothy L. Sayers

2013                Arts and Humanities Research Council Collaborative Skills Development Grant: Women's Work: Research Co-design using the Women’s Institute Archive

2012               Muriel F. Gold Senior Visiting Scholar, McGill University

2010               Leverhulme Trust International Network: Approaching War: Childhood Culture and the First World War

2009                Erle Stanley Gardner Fellowship, Harry Ransom Centre

2008                Feminist Review Trust Conference Grant

2007                British Academy Small Research Grant

2007                CRASSH Fellowship, Cambridge University

2006                British Academy Conference Grant

2006                Royal Historical Society Conference Award

2005                British Academy Overseas Conference Grant