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Dr. Sarah Gamble, Reader in Gender Studies

Specialist Subjects: Angela Carter, contemporary women's writing, Gothic

Sarah Gamble is a specialist in contemporary women’s writing and gender theory. She has a particular interest in the work and career of Angela Carter: she is the author of Angela Carter: Writing from the Front Line (Edinburgh University Press, 1997) and Angela Carter: A Literary Life (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005), and the editor of The Fiction of Angela Carter: A Reader’s Guide to Essential Criticism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2001). She is also the editor of The Routledge Companion to Feminism and Postfeminism (Routledge, 2001), an extensively revised and updated edition of which is due to be published in 2008. Current projects include a monograph on Angela Carter and the gothic for University of Wales Press, and a study of twenty-first century women writers, to be co-written with Professor Lucie Armitt of the University of Salford.

She would welcome applications from prospective postgraduate students wishing to research the work of Angela Carter, contemporary women’s fiction, or third wave / postfeminist theory.

Current postgraduate supervisions

PhD. Thesis. Debi Withers: ‘Kate Bush: Invocations, Performances & Transformations of the Feminine Subject’.

PhD. Thesis. Adele Jones: ‘The Imagery of Reflection and Feminine I-dentities in Contemporary Women’s Writing: the Theoretical Construction of the Self in Sarah Waters and Michele Roberts’.

PhD. thesis (second supervisor). Sophie Smith: ‘Images of Masculinity in Arabic Women’s Writing’.

PhD. thesis, Uppsala University, Sweden (external supervisor). Anna Watz Fruchart: ‘Angela Carter and Surrealism’.

Peer Esteem

External professional bodies

Invited member of the steering committee of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Network.

Editorial positions

Associate Editor of Contemporary Women’s Writing (Oxford University Press).

Journal Refereeing

I have refereed submissions for Journal of Gender Studies,Feminist Theory and Studies in the Novel.

Invited lectures

1999 ‘Angela Carter's American Ghosts and Old World Wonders', Keele University [departmental research seminar].

2000'Shellshock, Abjection and Death in Pat Barker's Regeneration Trilogy', University of Wales, Bangor [departmental research seminar]

2002 'Studies in Jealousy: Desiring the 'Other' in Daphne du Maurier's Fiction', Stockholm University, Sweden, and Södertörn University College, Sweden [departmental research seminars]

2003 and 2004 'Penetrating to the Heart of The Bloody Chamber', Scottish Universities International Summer School, Edinburgh University [invited talk]

2006: ‘Wives, Widows, Virgins and Whores: Angela Carter’s Poetry’, Loughborough University [departmental research seminar]

2006: ‘Introducing Angela Carter’s Poetry’, Uppsala University, Sweden [departmental research seminar].

2006, ‘Wives, Widows, Virgins and Whores: Angela Carter’s Poetry’, University of Glamorgan [departmental research seminar].

2006: ‘Angela Carter: Subversive Poet’, Angela Carter Symposium, Exeter University [keynote speaker].

External examining

2001, PhD. thesis, Loughborough University: 'Self-Portraits: Subjectivity in the Works of Vera Brittain'

2002, PhD. thesis, Stockholm University, Sweden: 'Storming the Sadeian Citadel: Disturbing Gender in Angela Carter's Fiction of Transition'

2004, PhD. thesis, University of Edinburgh: ‘Bare Essentials: Gender Fictions, Embodiment Matters’

2005, PhD. thesis, University of Haifa, Israel, ‘The Image of the Witch in Contemporary Women’s Fiction’.

2006, PhD. thesis, University of Hull: ‘The Labyrinth in Contemporary Fiction’

2006, PhD. thesis, Sunderland University: ‘Pitied but Distrusted : Widows in the First World War’.

2007, PhD. thesis, University of Adelaide, Australia: ‘Critical Fictions / Fictional Critiques: Angela Carter and Decadent Iconographies of Women’.

Books

gamble_s Writing From the Front Line

Angela Carter: Writing From the Front Line(Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1997)

gamle_s A Literary Life

Angela Carter: A Literary Life (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005)

Edited books

gamble_s Routledge Companion to Feminism and Postfeminism

The Routledge Companion to Feminism and Postfeminism (London: Routledge, 2001). (formerly published as The Icon Critical Dictionary of Feminism and Postfeminism, Icon Press, 1998)

gamble_s  The Fiction of Angela Carter

The Fiction of Angela Carter: A Reader's Guide to Essential Criticism, (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2003) (formerly published by Icon Press, 2001)

Book Chapters and Journal Articles

'Shambleau and Others: the Role of the Female in the Fiction of C.L. Moore’, in Lucie Armitt, ed., Where No Man Has Gone Before: Feminism and Science Fiction (London: Routledge, 1991)

‘Un/Natural Alliances: Technology and the Body in Melissa Scott’s Science Fiction’, in Over Here: A European Journal of American Culture, 16/2 (Winter 1996)

‘Are We Still Human? C.J. Cherryh’s Cyteen’, in The Star (web journal) (http://www.star.org.uk/star), January, 1997

'Postfeminism', in Sarah Gamble, ed., The Routledge Companion to Feminism and Postfeminism (London: Routledge, 2001)

'Gender and Transgender Theory', in Julian Wolfreys, ed., Introducing Criticism at the 21st Century (Edinburgh University Press, 2002)

'Filling the Creative Void: Narrative Dilemmas in Small Ceremonies, the Happenstance Novels and Swann', in Edward Eden and Dee Goertz, eds., Carol Shields: Narrative Hunger and the Possibilities of Fiction (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2003)

‘Gender and Science in Charlotte Haldane’s Man’s World’, Journal of Gender Studies, Vol.13, No.1 (March 2004)

'Growing up Single: the Postfeminist Novel', in Studies in the Literary Imagination, 38:1 (Spring 2005)

‘Romance, Desire and History: The Shifting Narratives of Penmarric’, in Bruce Johnson and Charles A. Huttar, eds., Scandalous Truths: Essays By and About Susan Howatch  (Pennsylvania: Susquehanna University Press, 2005)

‘Third Wave Feminist Writing’ in Leslie Heywood, ed., The Women’s Movement Today: An Encyclopedia of Third Wave Feminism (Greenwood Press, 2005)

‘Angela Carter and the Fairy Tale’, in Stephen Benson, ed., Contemporary Fiction and the Fairy Tale (Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press, 2005)

‘Something Sacred: Angela Carter, Jean-Luc Godard and the Sixties’, in Rebecca Munford, ed., Re-Visiting Angela Carter: Texts, Contexts, Intertexts (Basingstoke: Palgrave Press, 2006)

‘North-East Gothic: Surveying Gender in Pat Barker’s Fiction’, Gothic Studies (November 2006)

Dictionary Entries

Entry on Dale Spender in Stuart Sim, ed., The A-Z Guide to Modern Literary and Cultural Theorists (Hemel Hempstead: Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1994)
Entries on Andrea Dworkin, R.D. Laing and Betty Friedan in Stuart Sim, ed.The A-Z Guide to Modern Social and Politial Theorists (Hemel Hempstead: Harvester Wheatsheaf,1997)
Entries on Winifred Holtby, Rebecca West and Marge Piercy in Feminist Writers (St Clair Shores, MI: St James Press, 1997)
Entries on 'abjection', Jean Baudrillard, Judith Butler, Angela Carter, 'cyborg', Donna Haraway, Madonna, 'magic realism', Camille Paglia, Sadie Plant, 'simulation' and 'virtual reality' in Stuart Sim, ed., The Icon Critical Dictionary of Postmodern Thought (Cambridge, Icon Press, 1998) [Now published as The Routledge Companion to Postmoderism (London: Routledge, 2001]

Conference Papers

1995 'Alice in Cyberspace: Feminist Adaptations of Cyberpunk Science Fiction'
Academic Fantastic Fiction Network Conference, Hull University

1997 'Shellshock, Abjection and Death in Pat Barker's Regeneration Trilogy'
Fabulous Transgressions Conference, University of Sunderland

1998 'Science and the Scientist in Charlotte Haldane's Man's World'
Crossing Boundaries Conference, Sheffield University

2000 'Growing up Single: The Postfeminist Novel'
Re-Generations: Women, Age and Difference, Northumbria University

2001 'My Cousin Rachel: Daphne Du Maurier's Post-War Romance'
After the Deluge: Women's Writing 1945-60, De Montfort University

2002 'Studies in Jealousy: Desiring the 'Other' in Daphne du Maurier's Fiction'
Stockholm University, Sweden, and Södertörn University College, Sweden

2003 'The Persistent Return of Story in Angela Carter's American Ghosts and Old World Wonders'
Hystorical Fictions Conference, University of Wales Swansea

2003 and 2004 'Penetrating to the Heart of The Bloody Chamber'
Scottish Universities International Summer School, Edinburgh University

2004 ‘”A World Without Distinction”’: The Interlocking Environments of Affinity
Contemporary Writing Environments Conference, Brunel University

General Information

B.A., Ph.D (Sheffield)

College of Arts & Humanities
Swansea
TEL: +44 (0) 1792 205678
FAX: +44 (0) 1792 295761
E-MAIL: S.Gamble@swansea.ac.uk

Courses Taught