Dr Helen Davies
BA (Hons), MPhil, PhD
Part-time Lecturer in English Literature.
Helen has lectured in the School of Cultural Studies since 2008. She is currently teaching on the following modules: 'The Victorian Novel' (level 2); 'Eighteenth-Century Fictions' (level 1); 'Critical Reading' (Level 1).She is supervising dissertations on neo-Victorian fiction, adaptation and women's historical fiction. She is also a Visiting Lecturer at Leeds Trinity University College, where she teaches 'Constructions of Gender' (level 2) and 'Postmodern Fiction' (level 3).
Helen specialises in Victorian and Neo-Victorian literature (particularly Oscar Wilde), sexuality and gender in literature, queer theory, ventriloquism, and contemporary women's writing. Her doctoral thesis studied the influence of Oscar Wilde on Angela Carter, Will Self and Sarah Waters, explored through the metaphor of ventriloquism. She has recently completed a book on gender and ventriloquism in Victorian and Neo-Victorian fiction, which is being published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2012. Her current research explores the cultural afterlife of Victorian 'freakery' in contemporary literature and culture. She is also working on a research project about sisters in contemporary women's writing.
Helen has received recognition as an expert on the topic of ventriloquism, appearing on a feature for BBC One's 'The One Show' (broadcast 3rd August 2010) and she has discussed her research about ventriloquism on BBC Radio Scotland (October 2010). Her comments on ventriloquism have featured in various publications, including The Sunday Herald and the BBC website. She also appeared on BBC One's 'Look North' and BBC Radio Leeds discussing the cultural legacy of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (March 2011). Helen welcomes further enquiries about ventriloquism or any other area of her research.
Helen is the Secretary on the Executive Committee of the Contemporary Women's Writing Association and is a consultant on Neo-Victorian literature for The Oscholars journal.
'Self-ish sex? Que(e)rying sexual subversion in Will Self's Cock and Bull and Dorian: An Imitation'. In Sexuality in Contemporary Literature, eds. Joel Gwynne and Angelia Poon. Forthcoming 2012.
Gender and Ventriloquism in Victorian and Neo-Victorian Fiction: Passionate Puppets. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. In press.
'Original Copy: Neo-Victorian Versions of Oscar Wilde's "Voice"'. Neo-Victorian Studies, 4:1 (2011). In press.
'The Trouble with Gender in Salomé'. In Refiguring Oscar Wilde's Salomé, ed. Michael Y. Bennett. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2011. In press.
'"The home seems to me to be the proper sphere for the man": The Performative Script of Gender in The Importance of Being Earnest'. In The Importance of Being Earnest, ed. Suman Chakraborty. India: Roman Books, 2011. In press.
'Passive Puppets and Unruly Dummies: Gender and Ventriloquism in Sarah Waters' Affinity'. Autopsia, 1:1 (November 2010), pp. 41-64.
'Lesbian and Gay Studies and Queer Theory'. In The English Literature Companion, ed. Julian Wolfreys. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010, pp. 314-321.
'"They whisper into my ears the tale of their perilous joy": The Powers of the Feminine Voice in Oscar Wilde's "The Fisherman and his Soul"'. The Oscholars, A Giant's Garden: Special 'Fairy Tale' Issue, ed. Naomi Wood, (Spring 2009). http://www.oscholars.com/TO/Specials/Tales/Fisherman_Davies.htm
'"Such Penetrating Power": Seeing Queerly in Teleny and Sarah Waters' Tipping the Velvet'. The Oscholars, Teleny Revisited, ed. John McRae, (Autumn 2008). http://www.oscholars.com/TO/Specials/Teleny/davies.htm
Semester One: Wednesdays, 11am-12pm
The School of Cultural Studies,
Tel: 0113 812 1877