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Dr Eleanor Careless

Research Fellow

Department: Humanities

I studied for my first degree in English Literature at the University of Cambridge, and remained there to study for an MPhil in Criticism and Culture. Following a brief period working in the arts sector, I returned to academia to teach English literature and language at the French university Paris VII. I then completed my PhD on the poet Anna Mendelssohn at the University of Sussex (2014-2019), which included a fellowship with the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.

Since completing my PhD, I have held postdoctoral positions at the University of Sussex, as part of 'The Business of Women's Words: Purpose and Profit in Feminist Publishing' project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust and partnered with the British Library (2020-21), and at the British School at Rome, where I started a project on Italian feminist print culture (2021-22). 

After this I joined the 'Liberating Histories: Women's Movement Magazines, Media Activism and Periodical Pedagogies' project at Northumbria University, funded by the AHRC and partnered with LSE Women's Library. I have published journal articles and book chapters on twentieth-century women’s writing and I am the co-editor of a special issue on Anna Mendelssohn. During my time at Sussex I co-ran the long-running poetry reading series Hi Zero founded by Joe Luna (2016-2018). I also act as digital editor for the Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry.

Eleanor Careless

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • No Woman is an Island: The Politics of Loneliness, Spare Rib and the Women’s Liberation Movement, 1969-1993, Careless, E., Cotton, J. 1 Oct 2023, In: New Formations
  • ‘Poetry does not deserve evil keepers’, Careless, E., Sparrow, V. 17 May 2023, In: Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry
  • "What means a frontier?": Nancy Cunard, feminist internationalism, and the Spanish Civil War, Careless, E. 1 Dec 2023, The Routledge Companion to Literature and Feminism, London, Routledge
  • Mapping Feminist Book Fortnight: Regional Activism and the Feminist Book Trade in 1980s Britain, Careless, E. 12 Dec 2022, In: Women: A Cultural Review
  • Rome Awards: Chronicles of the Italian women's movement: transnational print cultures and the feminist avant-garde, Careless, E. 1 Oct 2022, In: Papers of the British School at Rome
  • ‘A Company that Runs on Tummy Waters’: Joshua Clark Davis, From Head Shops to Whole Foods: The Rise and Fall of Activist Entrepreneurs, New York: Columbia University Press, 2017.; Miranda Garrett and Zoë Thomas, Suffrage and the Arts: Visual Culture, Politics and Enterprise, London, England: Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019.; Lennie Goodings, A Bite of the Apple: A Life with Books, Writers and Virago, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2020.; Angela Smith (ed.), Re-reading Spare Rib, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.; Prue Stevenson, Susan Mackie, Anne Robinson and Jess Baines (See Red Collective), See Red Women’s Workshop: Feminist Posters 1974-1990, London: Four Corners Books, 2016., Careless, E. 2 Oct 2021, In: Women: A Cultural Review
  • Spare Rib map, Careless, E. 2021
  • Special issue on the work of Anna Mendelssohn, Careless, E., Sparrow, V. 1 Dec 2021, In: Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry
  • Assembling absences: Anna Mendelssohn, Jennifer Moxley, and the transnational carceral poetics of the 1990s, Careless, E. 14 Jan 2020, In: College Literature
  • Art Takes All My Time: Work in the Poetry and Prison Writing of Anna Mendelssohn, Walton, J., Luker, E., Careless, E. 2019, Poetry and Work, Springer

  • English Literature PhD January 25 2019
  • English Literature MPhil June 01 2011
  • English Literature BA (Hons) June 01 2010


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