Professor Dame Gillian Beer is a leading Cambridge scholar. Her books include Virginia Woolf: The Common Ground; Darwin's Plots: Evolutionary Narrative in Darwin, George Eliot and Nineteenth-Century Fiction; Open Fields: Science in Cultural Encounter; Arguing with the Past: Essays in Narrative from Woolf to Sidney, and, most recently, Alice in Space: The Sideways Victorian World of Lewis Carroll (2016). Formerly the Edward VII Chair of English Literature and President of Clare Hall at the University of Cambridge, Professor Beer has published widely on literature and science, Darwin, women writers, poetic rhyme, George Eliot, Freud, Byron, and Lewis Carroll. She is a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Royal Society of Literature. Her many academic honours include honorary degrees from Harvard, Oxford, London, the Sorbonne and the University of St Andrews. Further information on the British Council webpage on Gillian Beer.
Aoife Byrne, supervisor
Aoife Byrne completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge, where she worked on domestic space in the works of Irish and British women writers Daphne du Maurier, Elizabeth Bowen, Nancy Mitford, Kate O'Brien, and Evadne Price. She also works on Virginia Woolf, Elizabeth von Arnim, Katherine Mansfield, and Jean Rhys. Aoife has published articles on Daphne du Maurier, Doris Lessing, Jane Austen and Oscar Wilde, and is currently writing a book on Daphne du Maurier. She is a Fellow of the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin. In Cambridge, she supervises for several colleges on twentieth-century literature, modernism, and popular culture.
Sarah Cain is a Lecturer and Director of Studies in English at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where she teaches a broad range of modern literature, with a special interest in T. S. Eliot. She has published on literature and science, on fact-checking in the New Yorker, and lectures widely, including at the T. S. Eliot Festival.
Dr Jane Goldman is Reader in English Literature at the University of Glasgow, and a General Editor of the Cambridge University Press scholarly edition of the writings of Virginia Woolf. Her books include The Feminist Aesthetics of Virginia Woolf: Modernism, Post-Impressionism and the Politics of the Visual; The Cambridge Introduction to Virginia Woolf; With you in the Hebrides: Virginia Woolf and Scotland; Modernism, 1910-1945: Image to Apocalypse. She is editor of Woolf’s To the Lighthouse, and co-editor of A Room of One’s Own for Cambridge University Press. She has published a book of poetry, Border Thoughts, and is currently working on a book entitled Virginia Woolf and the Signifying Dog. Website here.
Alison Hennegan is Director of Studies in English at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and has lectured for many years in the Cambridge English Faculty on a wide range of topics from tragedy to contemporary fiction. Her interests include British writing of the First World War, juvenile fiction, decadence, Wilde, Mansfield, Woolf, Forster, twentieth-century writers, women writers, gay writers. She has published on Wilde, Elizabeth von Arnim, First World War writings, Benjamin Britten and many other topics. She has a rich experience in publishing and journalism alongside her academic work. Website here.
Dr Michael Hrebeniak is Lecturer and Director of Studies in English at Wolfson College Cambridge. He worked previously as a journalist, musician and arts TV documentary producer. His interest in interdisciplinarity is reflected in his first book, Action Writing: Jack Kerouac's Wild Form, and he is currently finishing a film and monograph on the medieval Stourbridge Fair.
Dr Zoe Jaques is a Fellow of Homerton College and Lecturer in the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. Her publications include Children’s Literature and the Posthuman, a co-authored book on the publishing history of the Alice books, and articles on Charles Kingsley, Lewis Carroll, and J. R. R. Tolkien.
Dr Peter Jones is Fellow Librarian at King's College, Cambridge, where many Bloomsbury archives are preserved. These include the papers of John Maynard Keynes, E. M. Forster and Roger Fry. From 2008 to 2016 he taught a course on ‘Bloomsbury and twentieth-century English culture’ for the Pembroke King's Programme in Cambridge. He is the author of ‘Carrington (and Woolf) in Cambridge, 1928’, Transactions of the Cambridge Bibliographical Society, 13, 3 (2006), 301-34 (https://www.jstor.org/stable/41154955?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents)
Dr Claire Nicholson lectures on Virginia Woolf's complex relationship with clothing and fashion, as well as various aspects of Bloomsbury art and ideas. She is an Executive Council member of the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain and has published articles on Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group in a variety of contexts. Recently she co-edited volume 1 of The Women Aesthetes 1870–1900 and also The Voyage Out: Centenary Perspectives to mark the hundredth anniversary of Woolf's first novel.
Dr Fred Parker is Senior Lecturer in English and a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge. He works mainly on literature between Milton and Byron (1660-1830) and on its connections with moral philosophy. His most recent book, The Devil as Muse, looked at the Devil as literary inspiration for Blake and Byron; he is currently thinking about the process of getting engaged (or seduced) in the novels of the period. Jane Austen is one of his special interests.
Professor Adrian Poole is Emeritus Professor of English Literature and a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. He has written and lectured extensively on Shakespeare, especially the tragedies, and on the afterlives of Shakespeare in the work of later artists, writers and readers. His books include Tragedy: Shakespeare and the Greek Example (1987), Shakespeare and the Victorians (2003) and Tragedy: A Very Short Introduction (2005). Website: here.
Profile of Adrian Poole in the English Faculty Alumni newsletter, 9 West Road (2015), p. 16: here
Dr Jane Potter is a Reader in Publishing at Oxford Brookes University. She works on early twentieth-century writing by women, popular fiction, publishing history, and First World War writings. Her books include Boys in Khaki, Girls in Print: Women's Literary Responses to the Great War 1914-1918, Wilfred Owen: An Illustrated Life and Working in a World of Hurt: Trauma and Resilience in the Narratives of Medical Personnel in Warzones (with Carol Acton). Website here.
Professor Susan Sellers published an acclaimed novel about Woolf and her sister, Vanessa and Virginia (2009), and is one of the General Editors of the scholarly edition of Woolf, published by Cambridge University Press. She also edited the Cambridge Companion to Virginia Woolf. Her second novel is Given the Choice (2013). Her other books include A History of Feminist Literary Criticism (with Gill Plain), Myth and Fairytale in Contemporary Women's Fiction and translations of French feminist theory. She teaches literature and creative writing at the University of St Andrews. Website here.
Professor Frances Spalding CBE is a distinguished art historian and a Fellow of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge. She was previously Professor of Art History at the University of Newcastle, and has edited the Burlington Magazine. Her books include: Roger Fry: Art and Life; Vanessa Bell; John Minton: Dance till the Stars Come Down; Duncan Grant: A Biography; Stevie Smith: A Biography; and Gwen Raverat: Friends, Family and Affections. In 2014 she published Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision which complements the Woolf exhibition she curated at the National Portrait Gallery (assisted by Claudia Tobin). Frances Spalding's website is here.
Frances Spalding discusses Vanessa Bell with Virginia Nicholson on BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour, 7 February 2017: podcast here.
Dr Trudi Tate has written and edited several books, including Modernism, History and the First World War; The Silent Morning: Culture and Memory After the Armistice; Women's Fiction and the Great War; and Literature, Science, Psychoanalysis, 1830-1970. She has edited short story collections Women, Men and the Great War; That Kind of Woman; and Dorothy Richardson's Journey to Paradise. She has published essays on literature of the First World War, the Crimean War and the American-Vietnamese War. She has a special interest in writers of the Vietnamese diaspora. She teaches 19thC, 20thC and contemporary literature at the University of Cambridge, where she is a Fellow, Praelector and Tutor at Clare Hall. Her work on Woolf includes 'Mrs Dalloway and the Armenian Question', in her book Modernism, History and the First World War. Website here.
Dr Claudia Tobin works on the relationship between the visual and verbal arts in the early twentieth century. She worked with Professor Frances Spalding on the exhibition Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision at the National Portrait Gallery (2014), and she has recently completed two papers on Vanessa Bell’s abstract painting, which were commissioned for publication as part of a Tate Gallery InFocus project. See her guest blog on this project on our Blog page. Claudia has taught English and History of Art at the University of Bristol, and recently devised a programme on Literature and Art at the Royal Drawing School. Claudia was a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Paul Mellon Centre for British Art, and in January 2017 she started as a Leverhulme Early Career Post-doctoral Fellow in Cambridge. Webpage here.
Nadine Tschacksch, supervisor
Dr Nadine Tschacksch is an independent researcher who wrote her PhD at Trinity Hall, Cambridge. Her thesis explores early twentieth-century queer fiction and the British radical tradition, focusing on E. M. Forster, A. T. Fitzroy, Radclyffe Hall and Mary Renault. Her research interests range from political and social radicalism to the concepts of queerness and deviancy in genre and Modernist fiction. Her article ‘Sexual Identities and Patriotism in Wartime Britain: A Literary No Man’s Land’ is published in the journal English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920 in summer 2017 (http://muse.jhu.edu/article/657891). She reviews regularly for the academic journal Women: A Cultural Review. She is currently a Graduate Trainee in university administration in the Ambitious Futures programme at the University of Cambridge, and she is doing research on childhood and sexuality in British popular fiction of the early twentieth century.
Dr Jennifer Wallace is Lecturer and Director of Studies in English at Peterhouse, Cambridge, where she teaches English literature 1700-1900 and Tragedy. Her books include Shelley and Greece, Digging the Dirt: The Archeological Imagination, The Cambridge Introduction to Tragedy, and The Oxford History of the Classical Reception in English Literature, 1790–1880 and a novel, Digging Up Milton. She is editing A Cultural History of Tragedy in the Modern Age and writing a book on Tragedy since 9/11. Website: here.
Our supervisors are Cambridge lecturers, post-docs, and post-graduate students, all with a wealth of experience within the Cambridge system: Alison Hennegan, Nadine Tschacksch, Clare Walker-Gore, Steve Watts, and Aoife Byrne.