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Dr Claire Nally

Senior Lecturer

Department: Humanities

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

I was the module leader for the English core module ‘Concepts in Criticism and Culture’ from 2012 to 2014, and I also contribute to the core module ‘Textual Studies (Modernism and Modernity)’, and ‘Literature and Adaptation’. In previous years, I led the third-year module on ‘James Joyce's Ulysses’.

Claire Nally

Campus Address

Office: Lipman 422


  • English PhD "Envisioning Ireland: Occult Nationalism in the work of W.B. Yeats" 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)
  • Member of the British Association for Irish Studies (BAIS)
  • Member of the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures (IASIL)
  • Member of the International Gothic Association (IGA)

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Goth Beauty, Style and Sexuality: Neo-Traditional Femininity in Twenty-First Century Subcultural Magazines, Nally, C. 1 Nov 2018, In: Gothic Studies
  • Goth 'zines: Writing from the dark underground, 1976-92, Nally, C. Jul 2018, Ripped, torn and cut, Manchester University Press
  • Whitby Goth Weekend (1994-present), Nally, C. 26 Apr 2018, The Gothic, Peter Lang
  • Cross Bones Graveyard: Excavating the Prostitute in Neo-Victorian Popular Culture, Nally, C. Apr 2018, In: Journal of Victorian Culture
  • Twenty-first Century Feminism: Forming and Performing Femininity, Nally, C., Smith, A. 1 Jan 2015
  • Advertising, literature and print culture in Ireland, 1891-1922, Strachan, J., Nally, C. 31 Aug 2012
  • Cross dressing and grrly shows: twenty-first century burlesque, Nally, C. 30 Aug 2012, Naked Exhibitionism: Gendered Performance and Public Exposure, London, I. B. Tauris
  • Naked Exhibitionism: Gendered performance and public exposure, Nally, C., Smith, A. 30 Aug 2012
  • Transvestic voices and gendered performance in Patrick McCabe's Breakfast on Pluto, Nally, C. May 2012, Cross-gendered literary voices: appropriating, resisting, embracing, Basingstoke, Macmillan
  • 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

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

My research is situated in the modern and contemporary period of English Literature, engaging with Neo-Victorianism and Irish Studies.

I have interests in subcultures, the graphic novel, and gender, and have published material on figures as diverse as W. B. Yeats, Patrick McCabe, Bryan Talbot, and Dita von Teese. My latest research has involved addressing the ways in which contemporary culture engages with memory, heritage, and mourning, through the Cross Bones graveyard in Southwark, London.

This research trend continues in my current project, looking at the phenomenon of the Death Positive Movement (Death Cafes, The Order of the Good Death, morticians’ memoirs etc). I am also interested in the ways Neo-Victorianism functions as part of the (post)colonial encounter, with especial reference to Ireland, as well as the ways in which steampunk both contests and reinscribes gender norms.


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