Dr Elizabeth English

​Position:​Lecturer in English
​School:​ Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy
​E- mail:eenglish@cardiffmet.ac.uk
​Telephone:​029 2020 5634
​Room No:​B114



• Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
• British Association for Modernist Studies
• Open Library of Humanities Early Career Researchers’ Forum

Research Interests:
• Lesbian modernism
• Modernist writing, particularly the work of women modernists
• Literary censorship
• Cultural hierarchies and the middlebrow
• Early twentieth-century genre fictions
• Speculative fiction, particularly the work of Katharine Burdekin.
• Modernism, journalism and gender


Lesbian Modernism: Censorship, Sexuality and Genre Fiction. Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming November 2014

Book Chapters
‘Lesbian Modernism and Utopia: Models of Sexual Inversion in Katharine Burdekin’s Speculative Fiction’, in Utopianism, Modernism, and Literature in the Twentieth Century, ed. Alice Reeve-Tucker and Nathan Waddell. Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

‘Tired of London, Tired of Life: The Queer Pastoral in Alan Hollinghurst’s The Spell’, in Sex and Sensibility in the Novels of Alan Hollinghurst, ed. Mark Mathuray. Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2014.

Journals & Essays
‘Student Journals in Literary Theory’, in English in Education, 47.1, 2013. (Co-authored with Professor Robert Eaglestone)

Conference Papers
‘Student Journals in Literary Theory’, at Royal Holloway Annual Teaching and Learning Symposium: Valuing Teaching and Sharing Approaches, Royal Holloway, University of London, April 2013.

‘Student Journals in Literary Theory’, at The Higher Education Academy Arts and Humanities Annual Conference 2012: Pedagogies of hope and Opportunity, Glasgow, May 2012.

‘Katharine Burdekin, “Murray Constantine”, and the Intermodernist Invert’, at the Inaugural London Intermodernism Seminar, Brunel University, May 2011. (Invited paper)

‘“The book is a sort of touch-stone to other people”: Models of Inversion and Desire in Katharine Burdekin’s Utopian Fiction’, at Modernism and Utopia: Convergences in the Arts, The University of Birmingham and The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, April 2010.

‘‘Murder is a queer crime’: Lesbian Criminality and Violence in Golden Age Detective Fiction’, at Gender, Agency and Violence: European Perspectives from Early Modern Times to the Present Day, Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies and the Centre for the Interdisciplinary Study of Sexuality and Gender in Europe at the University of Exeter, March 2010.

‘The Lesbian Utopian Vision of Katharine Burdekin’s Fiction’, at ‘Far Worlds and Other Seas’: The 10th International Conference of the Utopian Studies Society, University of Porto, Portugal, July 2009.

‘Lizzie Borden and Criminal Heterosexuality in Gertrude Stein’s Detective Fiction’, at Rethinking Genre: The Politics of Cultural Form, Royal Holloway, University of London, June 2008.


I am currently completing my first monograph, Lesbian Modernism: Censorship, Sexuality and Genre, to be published by Edinburgh University Press in November 2014. In addition to this I am beginning work on my next project, which is concerned with modernist women writers and their journalistic output. I am also in the process of organising an international conference on the subject of Lesbian Modernism.


I joined Cardiff Metropolitan University in January 2014 as Lecturer in English, having previously worked as a Visiting Lecturer at Royal Holloway and Goldsmiths, University of London. I completed my BA in English Literature, MA in Modernism and Modern Writers, and Phd in English Literature at Royal Holloway, University of London. My postgraduate degrees were both undertaken with the aid of AHRB and AHRC funding.

My doctoral research was completed in 2011 and focussed on the relationship between popular cultural forms and lesbian literature in relation to British literary censorship in the early twentieth-century. My first monograph based upon this research is forthcoming with Edinburgh University Press in November 2014 and is titled Lesbian Modernism: Censorship, Sexuality and Genre Fiction. I have also published book chapters on Katharine Burdekin’s speculative fiction and on the work of Alan Hollinghurst. My main research specialisms are modernism and twentieth-century women’s writing, with an emphasis on the representation of sexuality and gender. I am particularly interested in these areas in relation to the question of cultural hierarchies.

My next project on modernism, journalism and gender develops these interests further through its consideration of women who doubled as writers of innovative literature and journalistic reportage.

I welcome expressions of interest for PhD research in the above areas.