School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Pat Beesley

Pat Beesley

Doctoral Student in English Literature (nineteenth and twentieth century)



  • Dr Ella Dzelzainis
  • Dr Kirsten MacLeod


Technology and Literature 1880-1914: Women's Social Relations (working title)

My thesis investigates the intersection of communication technology and women's lives in the latter part of the long nineteenth century. I include mesmerism and spiritualism as forms of communication technology that share with wireless telegraphy and the telephone the notion of hidden forces and connections between the known and the unknown. I am interested in how women use the spaces created by communication technology - the mesmeric trance, the seance room, the spaces along the wire and the wavelength. I explore the imaginary possibilities for women that arise through the intersection of literature and communication technology and their impact on identity, personal and social boundaries, communication, power and status.

Research Interests

History of electricity and technology in the late nineteenth century; nineteenth and early twentieth century English and American literature; literature and the occult in nineteenth-century Britain; theories of desire.

Research Activities


  • Long Nineteenth Century Research Group
  • North East Postgraduate Research Group for the Long Nineteenth Century

Academic Background

  • MA in Literary Studies: Memory, Culture and Writing at Newcastle University
  • MEd in Adult Continuing Education at Sheffield University
  • MSc in Mental Health Social Work at Leeds University
  • BA in Psychology at London University