My teaching, research and publications extend across the
literary and visual culture of the nineteenth and twentieth
centuries, with a particular focus on the Gothic,
nineteenth-century theatre, travel writing, art and illustration
and representations of colony and empire.
I specialize in Conan Doyle, Bram Stoker and the war
artist and traveller, Lady Butler.
2012 marked the centenary of Stoker's death and in April 2012 I
convened the Bram Stoker Centenary Conference to mark the
event. This was the largest international conference on Stoker to
date and took place at the University of Hull and at Whitby, and
was supported by the British Academy. On 8 November 2012
I organised the inaugural Bram Stoker Birthday Symposium at the
University of Hull and the Bram Stoker Birthday Lectures (2012,
In September 2013 I convened Visions of Egypt:
Literature and Culture from the Nineteenth Century to the
Present, an international and interdisciplinary conference
which took place at Hull's History Centre and the University
- Bram Stoker, Dracula and the Victorian Gothic Stage.
Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2012. (supported by a British Academy Small
- The Colonial Conan Doyle: British Imperialism, Irish
Nationalism, and the Gothic. Westport, Connecticut and London:
Greenwood Press, 2002.
- Bram Stoker and the Gothic: Formations to
Transformations. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2016
- Bram Stoker and the Stage: Reviews, Reminiscences,
Essays and Fiction. 2 vols. London: Pickering & Chatto,
- Co-edited with Sabine Vanacker: Sherlock Holmes and
Conan Doyle: Multi-Media Afterlives. Basingstoke: Palgrave,
- Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Parasite and Bram Stoker’s The
Watter’s Mou’. Kansas City: Valancourt, 2009.
- Co-edited with Martin Willis: Victorian Literary
Mesmerism. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi Press, 2006.
- Biography: Lady Butler: Painting, Travel, and War.
Dublin: Four Courts Press, forthcoming.
Articles in Journals
- "Imperial and War Trauma in Kipling." The Kipling
Journal 86 (December 2012): 40-56.
- "From Waterloo to Jellalabad: The Irish and Scots at War in
Elizabeth Butler and W. F. Butler." Journal of European
Studies 41. 2 (June 2011): 143-60.
- Arthur Conan Doyle and Bram Stoker: Biographical and Literary
Convergences." Canadian Holmes (2011). This article was
awarded the Derrick Murdoch Memorial Award for the best article in
Canadian Holmes in 2011.
- “Sherlock Holmes and the Problems of War: Traumatic
Detections.” English Literature in Transition,
1880-1920 53.1 (2010): 29-53.
- “Elizabeth Butler’s Artistic and Literary Landscapes: Ireland,
Egypt and the Holy Land.” Prose Studies 31.2 (August
- "Navigating the Mezzaterra: Home, Harem and the Hybrid Family
in Ahdaf Soueif's The Map of Love." Critical
Survey, 18.2 (2006): 56-66.
- "Arthur Conan Doyle and Psychic Photographs." History
of Photography 22 (Winter 1998): 385-92.
- Bram Stoker, Genevieve Ward and The Lady of the
Shroud: Gothic Weddings and Performing Vampires." English
Literature in Transition, 1880-1920 49.3 (2006): 251-71.
- "Mollies, Fenians and Arthur Conan Doyle." Jouvert: A
Journal of Postcolonial Studies 4.1 (Fall 1999).
- "Mesmeric Exorcism, Idolatrous Beliefs and Bloody Rituals:
Mesmerism, Catholicism and Second Sight in Bram Stoker's Fiction."
Victorian Review 26.1(2000): 43-63.
Chapters in Books
- "Dracula on Stage." The Cambridge
Companion to Dracula. Ed. Roger Luckhurst. Cambridge:
Cambridge University Press (forthcoming 2016).
- "Popular Fiction in Performance: Gaskell, Collins and Stevenson
on Stage." New Directions in Popular Fiction. Ed Ken
Gelder. Basingstoke: Palgrave (in press).
- "The Du Mauriers and Stoker: Gothic Transformations of Whitby
and Cornwall." Bram Stoker and the Gothic: Formations to
Transformations. Ed Catherine Wynne. Basingstoke: Palgrave,
- "From Baker Street to Undershaw and Beyond." Sherlock
Holmes and Conan Doyle: Multi-Media Afterlives. Ed. Sabine
Vanacker and Catherine Wynne. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2012.
- "Ellen Terry, Bram Stoker and the Lyceum’s Vampires.” Ellen
Terry: Spheres of Influence. Ed. Katharine Cockin. London:
Pickering & Chatto, 2011. 17-32.
- "Trop Vieux Pour Service’: Empire, War and Global Holmes in the
Writings of Arthur Conan Doyle.” A Multicultural and
Multifaceted Study of the Ideologies and Conflicts related to the
Complex Realities and Fictions of Nations and Identities. Ed.
José María Gutiérrez Arranz. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, 2008.
- "Arthur Conan Doyle's Domestic Desires: Mesmerism, Mediumship
and the Femme Fatale." Victorian Literary
Mesmerism. Ed. Martin Willis and Catherine Wynne. Amsterdam
and New York: Rodopi Press, 2006. 227-44.
- "The Bog as Colonial Topography in Nineteenth-Century Irish
Fiction." Was Ireland a Colony? Ed. Terrence McDonough.
Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2005. 309-25.
- "Crossing the Border: The Postcolonial Carnival in Neil
Jordan's The Crying Game." Moving Pictures, Migrating
Identities. Ed. Eva Rueschmann. Jackson: University Press of
Mississippi, 2003. 137-58.
- "Philanthropies and Villainies: The Conflict of the Imperial
and the Anti-Imperial in Conan Doyle." The Devil Himself:
Villainy in Detective Fiction and Film. Ed. Stacy Gillis and
Philippa Gates. Westport, Connecticut and London: Greenwood Press,
- Convenor of Visions of Egypt:
Literature and Culture from the Nineteenth Century to the
Present. Hull History Centre and University of Hull, 6-7
September 2013. Keynote speakers: Dr Sahar El Mougy (Cairo
University), Professor Joann Fletcher and Dr Stephen Buckley
(University of York), Professor William Hughes (Bath Spa
University), Professor Roger Luckhurst (Birkbeck), Professor Susan
Pearce (University of Leicester)
- Chair and convener of the Bram Stoker Centenary
Conference. University of Hull, Hull Campus and Whitby, 12-14
April 2012. Keynote Speakers: Prof. Sir Christopher Frayling
(Whitby keynote), Professor Clive Bloom, Dr Joann Fletcher,
Professor Luke Gibbons, Professor Elizabeth Miller and Dacre
Stoker. The conference was opened by Stoker's great grandson, Mr
Robin MacCaw. The conference was supported by a British Academy
Conference Support Grant.
- Co-organizer with Dr Sabine Vanacker (University of Hull) of
Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes: Their Cultural
Afterlives. University of Hull, 4 July 2009. Keynote speakers:
Professor Clive Bloom and Andrew Lycett.
- Co-Organizer with Dr Katharine Cockin (University of Hull) of
In Transit: Literature on the Move. University of Hull, 12
May 2007. Keynote speaker: Professor Reina Lewis.
- The inaugural Bram Stoker Birthday Symposium was launched at
University of Hull on 8 November 2012. Prof. Sir Christopher
Frayling delivered the inaugural Bram Stoker Birthday lecture.
Invited speakers included: Professor Katharine Cockin (University
of Hull), Dr Kevin Corstorphine (University of Hull), Professor
William Hughes (Bath Spa University), Dr Marie Mulvey-Roberts
(University of the West of England), Dr Andrew Smith (University of
Sheffield), Dr Richard Storer (Leeds Trinity University
- The second Bram Stoker Birthday Symposium takes place at Whitby
Museum on the 8 November 2013 and the third Bram Stoker Birthday
Lecture which was delivered by Professor Joann Fletcher took place
at the University of Hull in November 2014.
Radio and Television
I delivered a BBC Radio 3 Essay on Bram Stoker for a
series commissioned to mark Stoker's centenary. The Essay
was aired on 16 April 2012. I was interviewed on
Dracula’s Bram Stoker, directed by Sinéad O’Brien
(Ferndale Productions 2003). I co-wrote the voice-over
with Sinéad O’Brien. An interview on Bram
Stoker in Whitby will be aired on BBC 4 for a programme
on the books that made Britain.
Bram Stoker, Dracula and the Victorian Gothic
Stage was published in June 2013 by Palgrave
Macmillan. Bram Stoker and the Stage: Reviews, Reminiscences,
Essays and Fiction, 2 volumes, was published by Pickering
& Chatto in November 2012 and Bram Stoker and the Gothic:
Formations to Transformations was published in 2016. I am
currently writing the first biography of the artist and
traveller, Lady Butler, which is due for publication by Four Courts
Press. I am also preparing a collection of essays from the 2013
conference on Egypt.
My teaching experience at undergraduate and postgraduate levels
includes Victorian writing and aesthetics, colonial and
postcolonial writing, Gothic, travel writing, and film. I convene
and teach the following modules at undergraduate level:
14072 Introduction to Literary Studies (Level 4)
- 14037 Gothic (Level 6)
- 14130 Voyage Out: Travel and Writing (Level 5)
I also contribute to the following modules:
- 14086 The Novel from Austen to Hardy (Level
At postgraduate level, I convene and teach the
- Women, Writing, Travel (Level 7)
- Bram Stoker: Literature, Theatre and the Gothic
PhD supervision in the Department of English
I am currently supervising two PhD, one on the family
in postcolonial writing and the second on Brian
Friel . I welcome PhD applications from students who
would be interested in the following areas: Gothic,
nineteenth-century British and Irish writing, travel writing and
illustration, Victorian melodrama, Bram Stoker, Conan Doyle,
- Director of Postgraduate (Taught) and Convenor of the MA and
MRes in English