School of Arts

Dr Catherine Wynne

BA (NUI), MA (UCD), DPhil (Oxon)


Catherine WynneSenior Lecturer

Email: c.wynne@hull.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1482 466241
Office: Larkin 269


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, 2013, 2014).

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 of Hull.

Selected Publications



  • Bram Stoker, Dracula and the Victorian Gothic Stage. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2012. (supported by a British Academy Small Research Grant)
  • The Colonial Conan Doyle: British Imperialism, Irish Nationalism, and the Gothic. Westport, Connecticut and London: Greenwood Press, 2002.

Edited Books

  • 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, 2012. 
  • Co-edited with Sabine Vanacker: Sherlock Holmes and Conan Doyle: Multi-Media Afterlives. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2012.
  • 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 2009): 126-40.
  • "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, 2016.
  • "From Baker Street to Undershaw and Beyond." Sherlock Holmes and Conan Doyle: Multi-Media Afterlives. Ed. Sabine Vanacker and Catherine Wynne. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2012. 1-18.
  • "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. 127-146.
  • "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, 2002. 69-80.

Conference Organization

  • 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 College)
  • 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 5)

At postgraduate level, I convene and teach  the following modules:

  • 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, postcolonial writing.


  • Director of Postgraduate (Taught) and Convenor of the MA and MRes in English 
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