Dr Helena Ifill
Helena Ifill received her PhD in English Literature from the University of Sheffield (where she also took an MA in Nineteenth-Century Studies) in 2009. She taught at the University of Sheffield from 2010-2019 before taking up a lectureship at the University of Aberdeen in 2019. Her research centres on Victorian popular fiction and the Gothic, especially in connection with issues of gender, science and medicine.
Dr Ifill is an active member of the Victorian Popular Fiction Association, and has co-organised the annual conference for the last five years. She is also co-series-editor for the Edward Everett Root series, Key Popular Women Writers, and New Paths in Victorian Popular Fiction and Culture, and is the Associate Editor of Victorian Popular Fictions.
My research centres on Victorian popular fiction, especially sensation fiction and the Gothic. I am particularly interested in how these genres engage with issues concerning gender, science and medicine. My monograph, Creating Character: Theories of Nature and Nurture in Victorian Sensation Fiction, explored how the novels of Mary Elizabeth Braddon and Wilkie Collins respond and contribute to nineteenth-century debates about identity formation and free will. I have also published work on vampire fiction and Victorian stories of mesmerism.
I am currently working on two projects. One concerns the representation of doctors and patients in nineteenth-century Female Gothic texts. The other is a study of the Victorian popular author and journal editor, Charlotte Riddell, part of which has resulted in an article on the representation of professional female authors in Victorian Britain.
I am Programme Co-Ordinator for the MLitt in Literatures, Environments and Places
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Secrecy and Disclosure in Victorian FictionWilkie Collins Journal, vol. 14Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles
Review of 'Aestheticism and the Marriage Market in Victorian Popular Fiction: The Art of Female Beauty', Kirby-Jane HallumCerclesContributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles
Mesmeric Clairvoyance in Mid-Victorian Literature: Eliot, Bulwer-Lytton, and MacDonaldSupernatural Studies, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 118-132Contributions to Journals: Articles
‘Neo-Victorian Literature and Culture: Immersions and Revisitations (review)’The Gaskell Journal, vol. 29, pp. 118-20Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles
Wilkie Collins’s Monomaniacs in Basil, No Name, and Man and WifeWilkie Collins Journal, vol. 12Contributions to Journals: Articles
‘“Sweeter and Lovelier than Ever”: Rereading Lucy’Telegraph for Garlic. Ounoughi, S. (ed.). Red Rattle Books, pp. 27-39Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
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Review of 'Cathrine O. Frank, Law, Literature, and the Transmission of Culture in England 1837-1925'Victoriographies, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 88-89Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles
- [ONLINE] DOI: https://doi.org/10.3366/vic.2012.0076
Reading Popular Culture in Victorian Print:: "Belgravia" and Sensationalism (review)Victorian Periodicals Review, vol. 44, no. 1, pp. 99-101Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles
- [ONLINE] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1353/vpr.2011.0000
The Citizen's Body: Desire, Health, and the Social in Victorian England (review)Victorian Periodicals Review, vol. 42, no. 3, pp. 293-294Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles
- [ONLINE] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1353/vpr.0.0081
Wilkie Collins: A Literary Life (review)Victorian Periodicals Review, vol. 42, no. 4, pp. 418-420Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles
- [ONLINE] https://www.jstor.org/stable/27760246
- [ONLINE] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1353/vpr.0.0100