Dr Victoria Stewart

stewart, victoriaBA Hons (Sheffield), MA (Leeds), PhD (Leeds)

Reader in Modern and Contemporary Literature

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Research Interests

Dr Stewart’s research interests include the twentieth-century and contemporary novel, war writing and life-writing. She has particular interests in the representation of the First and Second World Wars (including the Holocaust) in both fiction and autobiography. Her book Women’s Autobiography: War and Trauma (Palgrave, 2003) considered the work of writers including Vera Brittain, Virginia Woolf and Anne Frank from the perspective of trauma theory. Narratives of Memory: British Writing of the 1940s (Palgrave, 2006) examines a range of novels and short fiction from this decade, by authors such as Elizabeth Bowen, Graham Greene and Patrick Hamilton, focusing in particular on their depiction of the processes of memory.

Dr Stewart's most recent monograph, The Second World War in Contemporary British Fiction: Secret Histories (Edinburgh University Press, 2011), considers the use of secrecy as both a trope and a narrative device in recent fictional treatments of the war.

Dr Stewart is an active member of WAR-Net, a network on war and representation.

As well as maintaining her interests in war writing, Dr Stewart also works on early and mid-twentieth century middlebrow writing and has published on a number of neglected authors from this period, including Gilbert Frankau, Rumer Godden and Dodie Smith. Her current project examines the relationship between true-crime narratives and detective fiction in the mid-twentieth century, with a focus on the writing of Dorothy L. Sayers, Marie Belloc Lowndes and F. Tennyson Jesse.  Her work in this area has been fostered by her involvement in the AHRC Middlebrow Network. She is a member of the editorial board for the monograph series 'Literary Texts and the Popular Marketplace', published by Pickering & Chatto.

Dr Stewart has also had articles published in a range of journals, and has written book reviews for Literature and History. She is a member of the Contemporary Women's Writing Association and is currently serving as a member of the editorial board of Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature.

Dr Stewart is an Associate Member of the Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust Studies.

Projects

Current Postgraduate Supervision

Dr Stewart would welcome inquiries from prospective research students interested in working in the following areas:

  • Writing from and about the First and Second World Wars
  • Holocaust Writing
  • Mid 20th-Century Novel
  • Non-canonical Authors, the ‘Middlebrow’, and Detective Fiction

Teaching and Administration

Dr Stewart contributes a module on the 1940s to the MA in Modern Literature. She is School Equal Opportunities Officer, and Chair of the School Learning and Teaching Committee.

Recent Publications

  • 'Defining Detective Fiction in Interwar Britain', The Space Between: Literature and Culture, 1914-1945, 9.1 (2013) 101-18
  • 'The Second World War in British Drama since 1968' in Adam Piette and Mark Rawlinson, eds, The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century British and American War Literature. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2012. pp. 118-125.
  • 'The Woman Writer in Mid-Twentieth Century Middlebrow Fiction: Conceptualizing Creativity'. Journal of Modern Literature, 35.1 (2011) 21-36
  • 'True-Crime Narratives and Detective Fiction in Interwar Britain'. Clues: A Journal of Detection 29.2 (2011) 16-29
  • The Second World War in Contemporary British Fiction: Secret Histories. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2011
  • 'Masculinity, Masquerade and the Second World War: Betty Miller's On the Side of the Angels'  in Petra Rau, ed., Conflict, Nationhood and Corporeality in Modern Literature: Bodies-at-War. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2010. pp. 124-42
  • 'An Experiment with Narrative?  Rumer Godden's A Fugue in Time' in Lucy Le-Guilcher and Phyllis B. Lassner, eds., Rumer Godden: International and Intermodern Storyteller (Farnham: Ashgate, 2010), pp. 81-93
  • 'Brittain's Holtby' in Lisa Regan, ed., Winifred Holtby: A Woman in Her Time (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010) pp. 35-50
  • ‘Spiritualism, Detective Fiction and the Aftermath of War’. Clues: A Journal of Detection 27.2 (2009) 75-84
  • 'A Word in your Ear: Mediumship and Subjectivity in Hilary Mantel's Beyond Black'. Critique 50.3 (2009) 293-312
  • 'Violence and Representation in Elizabeth Bowen's Interwar Short Stories', English 58.221 (2009) 139-59

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