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Prof Claire Nally


Department: Humanities

I am a researcher in modern and contemporary literature, engaging with Neo-Victorianism and Irish Studies. My first monograph was Envisioning Ireland: Occult Nationalism in the Work of W. B. Yeats (2009), followed by a second, co-written book (with John Strachan), entitled Advertising, Literature and Print Culture in Ireland, 1891-1922 (2012).

I have additional research interests in subcultures, the graphic novel, and gender, and this informed my third book, Steampunk: Gender, Subculture and the Neo-Victorian (2019), which is one of the first monographs on this topic in literature. I am also interested in the ways Neo-Victorianism functions as part of the (post)colonial encounter, with especial reference to Ireland.

I co-edit (with Angela Smith) the Bloomsbury Library of Gender and Popular Culture and I was the Deputy Editor (including Reviews) for the open access journal, C21 Literature (2019-2022).

I have published a wide range of articles and book chapters on material as diverse as contemporary Irish writing, heritage, Goth and burlesque. My latest research  involves contemporary culture's engagement with memory, grief and mourning, and my fourth book, Death Memoirs in Contemporary Culture, is under contract with Bloomsbury (2024).


Claire Nally

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Office: Lipman 422

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Steampunk: Gender, Subculture and the Neo-Victorian, Nally, C. 27 Jun 2019
  • Advertising, literature and print culture in Ireland, 1891-1922, Strachan, J., Nally, C. 31 Aug 2012
  • Envisioning Ireland: W. B. Yeats's Occult Nationalism, Nally, C. Nov 2009
  • Rites and Rhymes, Nally, C. 21 Jun 2023, The Oxford Handbook of W. B. Yeats, Oxford, Oxford University Press
  • The ‘style terrorism’ of Siouxsie Sioux: femininity, early goth aesthetics and BDSM fashion, Nally, C. 2023, 'Let's Spend the Night Together', Manchester, Manchester University Press
  • The death positive library, Pitsillides, S., Nally, C., Luby, A., Brooks, R., Hill, F., Ghee, J., Ingham, K., Robinson, J. 26 Jul 2023, The Routledge Handbook of Museums, Heritage, and Death, London, Taylor & Francis
  • Goth 'zines: Writing from the dark underground, 1976-92, Nally, C. Jul 2018, Ripped, torn and cut, Manchester University Press
  • Cross Bones Graveyard: Excavating the Prostitute in Neo-Victorian Popular Culture, Nally, C. 27 Apr 2018, In: Journal of Victorian Culture
  • Goth Beauty, Style and Sexuality: Neo-Traditional Femininity in Twenty-First Century Subcultural Magazines, Nally, C. 1 Nov 2018, In: Gothic Studies
  • The political occult: revisiting fascism, Yeats and 'A Vision', Nally, C. 2012, W. B. Yeats's A Vision: Explications and Contexts, Clemson, SC, Clemson University Digital Press

  • Andrew Reid Start Date: 01/10/2017 End Date: 05/12/2019
  • Jessica De Waal ‘Fostering environmental imaginations through storytelling: Ecological narratives in Ted Hughes’s work for children.’ Start Date: 01/10/2021
  • Katie Liddane 'Bewitching the Northeast: The History and Heritage of Witch Persecution in Newcastle and Northumberland 1642-1675’ Start Date: 01/10/2018
  • Emma Catan Cross-Dressing and ‘Transgression’ in the Neo-Victorian city Start Date: 01/10/2019

I am the module leader for ‘Neo-Victorianism: Contemporary Literature and Culture’. I have co-led the MA English Literature module, ‘Dark Tourism: Urban Underworlds and Modern City Spaces’ and contribute to ‘Literature and Adaptation’.

In previous years, I was the module leader for ‘Concepts in Criticism and Culture’, and I offered lectures and seminars on ‘Textual Studies (Modernism and Modernity)’. I also led the third-year module on ‘James Joyce's Ulysses’.

I welcome PhD students in Neo-Victorianism, modern and contemporary fiction, Irish studies, and subcultures.

  • English PhD April 27 2006
  • English MA July 01 2002
  • English BA (Hons) July 02 2001
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA)

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