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Dr Claire Nally

Senior Lecturer in Twentieth-Century English Literature and Programme Leader for the Humanities Foundation Year (sem 2)

Department: Humanities

Claire Nally is Senior Lecturer in Twentieth-Century English Literature, researching Irish Studies, Neo-Victorianism, Gender, and Subcultures.

Claire NallyI arrived at Northumbria University in 2011, following a lectureship at the University of Hull, and a Research Associate post, funded by the Leverhulme Trust. The output from this project was the publication Selling Ireland: Advertising, Literature and Irish Print Culture 1891–1922, written with John Strachan (Bath Spa University).  I published my first monograph, Envisioning Ireland: W. B. Yeats’s Occult Nationalism in 2009. Additionally, with Angela Smith (Sunderland University), I have co-edited two volumes on gender, as well as the library series ‘Gender and Popular Culture’ for I.B. Tauris. I undertook my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the University of Manchester. My second monograph is entitled Steampunk: Gender, Subculture, and the Neo-Victorian (2019). I am also the Reviews Editor for C21:Journal of 21st-century Writings. I gained my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the University of Manchester.

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Campus Address

Office: Lipman 422

0191 227 4701


PhD English Studies (University of Manchester).

MA English Studies (University of Manchester), with Distinction.

BA (Hons) English Language and Literature (University of Manchester), First Class.

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.

Teaching Interests

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’.



Steampunk: Gender, Subculture and the Neo-Victorian (London: Bloomsbury, 2019).

Selling Ireland: Advertising, Literature and Irish Print Culture 1891–1922, written with John Strachan (London: Palgrave, 2012).

Envisioning Ireland: Occult Nationalism in the Work of W. B. Yeats (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2009).


Edited Collections

Twenty-First Century Feminism: Forming and Performing Femininity, ed. with Angela Smith (London: Palgrave, 2015).

Naked Exhibitionism: Gender, Performance and Public Exposure, ed. with Angela Smith (London: I.B. Tauris, 2012).

W. B. Yeats’s A Vision: Explications and Contexts, ed. with Matthew Gibson and Neil Mann (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2012).


Articles and Book Chapters

‘There’s something in the tea: murder and materiality in Dark Angel (2016)’, Neo-Victorian Materialities: Materialising the Past, eds Allison Adler Kroll and Danielle Mariann Dove (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019).

‘Steampunk’, Twenty-First Century Gothic: An Edinburgh Companion, eds Maisha Wester and Xavier Aldana Reyes (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2019).

‘Goth ‘zines: Writing from the Dark Underground, 1976–92,’ in Subcultures Network (ed), Ripped, Torn and Cut: Pop, Politics and Punk Fanzines from 1976 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2018).

‘Staging Steampunk Aesthetics in Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein (2011) and Paul McGuigan’s Victor Frankenstein (2015)’, Transmedia Creatures: Frankenstein's Afterlives, eds Francesca Saggini and Enrichetta Soccio (Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 2018).

‘Voicing the Dead: Performance, Memory and Sites of Mourning at Cross Bones Graveyard’, in Contemporary Gothic Drama: Attraction, Consummation and Consumption on the Modern British Stage, eds Kelly Jones, Ben Poore and Rob Dean (London: Palgrave, 2018).

 ‘Cross Bones Graveyard: Excavating the Prostitute in Neo-Victorian Popular Culture’, Journal of Victorian Culture (2018).

‘Goth Beauty, Style, and Sexuality: Neo-Traditional Femininity in Twenty-First Century Subculture’, Gothic Studies (2018).

‘Whitby Goth Weekend (1994-Present) – Gothic Subcultures’, The Gothic: A Reader, ed. Simon Bacon (Oxford and Bern: Peter Lang, 2018).

‘First and Second Wave Feminism’, The Edinburgh Companion to Critical Theory, ed. Stuart Sim (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016).

‘Postcolonialism’, The Edinburgh Companion to Critical Theory, ed. Stuart Sim (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016).

 ‘Transvestites and Terrorists: Gendered Performance in Patrick McCabe’s Breakfast on Pluto’, in Cross-Gendered Voices: Appropriating, Resisting, Embracing, ed. Rina Kim and Claire Westall (London: Palgrave, 2012).

‘The Political Occult: Revisiting Fascism, Yeats and A Vision’, in Yeats’s A Vision: Explications and Contexts, ed. Gibson, Mann and Nally (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2012).

‘Colonialism’, entry in The Encyclopaedia of Consumer Culture, ed. Dale Southerton (London: Sage, 2011).

‘Barbie Dolls’, entry in The Encyclopaedia of Consumer Culture, ed. Dale Southerton (London: Sage, 2011).

‘“In a Time of Civil War”: Anglo-Irish Identity, National Conflict, and A Vision’, in New Voices in Irish Studies: Essays on History and Literature, ed. Brian Griffin (Bath Spa: Bath Spa University Press, 2009), 89–107.

‘Grrly Hurly Burly: Neo-Burlesque and the Performance of Gender’, Textual Practice, 23:4 (2009), 641–663.

‘“Protestant Suspicions of Catholic Duplicity”: Religious and Racial Constructions in Le Fanu and Yeats’, in No Country for Old Men: Fresh Perspectives on Irish Literature, eds. Paddy Lyons and Alison O’Malley-Younger (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2008), 213–231.

‘Leo Africanus as Irishman? Cultural Politics and the Discarnate States of W. B. Yeats’s A Vision’, Irish Studies Review, 14:1 (2006), 57–67.

‘Yeats’s Forging/Forgery of National Identity: the “Giraldus” Portrait in A Vision’, Canadian Journal of Irish Studies 32:2 (2006), 48–53.


Book Reviews

‘Post-Millennial Gothic: Comedy, Romance and the Rise of “Happy Gothic”’ by Catherine Spooner’, Gothic Studies (2018).

‘Goth Music: from Sound to Subculture by Isabella van Elferen and Jeffrey Weinstock’, Gothic Studies (2018).

‘Impure Thoughts: Sexuality, Catholicism and Literature in Twentieth-Century Ireland by Michael G. Cronin and Continuity and Change in Irish Poetry, 1966–2010 by Eric Falci’, Irish Studies Review, 22:3 (2014), 407–409.

‘Commodity culture and social class in Dublin 1850–1916 by Stephanie Rains’, Irish Studies Review, 21:1 (2013), 129–130.

‘Yeats and European drama by Michael McAteer’, Irish Studies Review, 21:1 (2013), 132–133.

‘The first Yeats: poems by W.B. Yeats 1889–1899 by Ed Larrissy and Irish modernism: origins, contexts, publics by Edwina Keown and Carol Taaffe’, Irish Studies Review, 19:1 (2011), 122–124.

‘Joyce’s Ulysses by Sean Sheehan and Bloomsday 100, eds. Morris Beja and Anne Fogarty’, Irish Studies Review, 18:3 (2010), 378–380.

‘Irish Literature since 1990: Diverse Voices, eds. Scott Brewster and Michael Parker’, Irish Studies Review, 18:2 (2010), 259–261.

‘Irish Poetry after Feminism, ed. Justin Quinn’, Irish Studies Review, 17:4 (2009), 541–543.

‘A Reader’s Guide to Twentieth-Century Irish Literature by Aaron Kelly’, Irish Studies Review, 17:1 (2009), 123–125.

Current/Recent Projects

2018 ‘Memoryscapes’, AHRC-EPSRC funded project, co-investigator (principal investigator, Dr Jon Swords, Geography).

2016-2017 ‘Fabricating Histories: An Alternative Nineteenth Century’, co-curator of exhibition in collaboration with Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums (Discovery Museum).

2008-2011 Leverhulme Post-Doctoral Research Associate, University of Sunderland.

Funding Awards and Fellowships

2018                ‘Memoryscapes’, AHRC-EPSRC funded project, co-investigator (principal investigator, Dr Jon Swords, Geography), £60,000.

2017                ‘Being Human Festival’, AHRC events funding, small award, £860.

2016                ‘Fabricating Histories’, Arts Council England, Grant for the Arts, £24,000.

2015                ‘Fabricating Histories’ Exhibition, Principal Investigator (October 2015), QR Funding £4,000.

2015                ‘Fabricating Histories’ Exhibition, Principal Investigator (February 2015), QR Funding £6,600.

2015                ‘Fabricating Histories’ Exhibition, Principal Investigator (January 2015), HEIF Sandpit Fund £500.

2002-2005       AHRC three-year doctoral award (2002–2005).

2001-2002       AHRC one-year MA award (2001-2002).

Postgraduate Supervision

I am especially interested in supervising Masters and PhD projects in Neo-Victorianism, Irish Studies, and subcultures. I have supervised a number of successful MRes students: Daniel Thompson, who worked on Beckett, Auster and the metaphysical detective genre; Karen Sturgeon, who researched gender and Neo-Victorianism in literature and film; Helen Storey, on James Joyce; and Katie Liddane on Cross Bones Graveyard.

Current PhDs supervision:

  • Andrew Reid - Modern and Contemporary Dystopian Fiction.
  • Katie Liddane - Dark Tourism and the Newcastle witches (funded by the AHRC Heritage Consortium).

Successful PhDs:

  • Helen Green ‘Middlebrow Mystics: Henri Bergson and British Culture 1899–1939’ (supervision team member).
  • Nattawat Wongwilatnurak  - Ghosts and Spirits in Thai TV Drama (second supervisor).

Affiliations and Memberships

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Member of the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures (IASIL).

Member of the British Association for Irish Studies (BAIS).

Member of the International Gothic Association (IGA).


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