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Rachel Carroll

T:
01642 384029
Job title:
Reader
E:
r.carroll@tees.ac.uk
School/department:
School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law
 
 
Research:
Social Sciences, Humanities & Law research
 
 

About Rachel Carroll

Rachel is Reader in English in the School of Design, Culture and the Arts. She is a member of the Institute for Design, Culture and the Arts and leads the English Research Group.

Rachel completed her BA (Hons) English Literature degree and her PhD in English Literature at Newcastle University. Her thesis examined representations of embodiment in twentieth century British and American women’s writing, including Leonora Carrington, Angela Carter, Flannery O’Connor and Sylvia Plath.

Rachel is the author of Rereading Heterosexuality: Feminism, Queer Theory and Contemporary Fiction (Edinburgh University Press, 2012) and editor of Adaptation in Contemporary Culture: Textual Infidelities (Continuum, 2009) and Litpop: Writing and Popular Music (with Adam Hansen, Ashgate, 2014). Her research has been published in Adaptation (2014), Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance (2009), Journal of American Studies (2010), Journal of Gender Studies (2010), Textual Practice (2000; 2014) and Women: a cultural review (2011). She is currently working on a monograph entitled Transgender and the Literary Imagination: Gender Diversity in Twentieth Century Fiction (forthcoming Edinburgh University Press).

Rachel teaches on the BA (Hons) English Studies and English Studies with Creative Writing degrees and the MA English. Her teaching expertise is in the field of modern and contemporary writing and critical and cultural theory, including: feminist theory, queer theory and transgender studies; contemporary literary culture; African American writing; film and television adaptations.

Rachel has organised the following conferences: Women, Narrative and Crime: An Interdisciplinary Conference (with Louise Wattis, 2015); British Culture After 9/11 (with Rehana Ahmed, 2014); Species of Spaces: A Transdisciplinary Conference on the Work of Georges Perec ( with Michael Hall, Simon Morris, Helge Musial, Chris Thurgar-Dawson, Heike Salzer, 2014); Litpop: Writing and Popular Music (with Adam Hansen, 2011); Teaching Adaptations(with Shelley Cobb) 2010); Arts Practice and Sociological Research Methods: Exploring Boundaries(with Andrea Abbas, Sarah O’Brien, Heike Salzer and Carrie Singleton 2009). Species of Spaces was funded by a Modern Humanities Research Association Conference Grant; a special issue of Literary Geographies disseminating the outcomes of this event is in the final stages of peer review. 

Rachel has supervised PhD research on dialogue in the novels of Jane Austen and their adaptations for the screen.  She is currently supervising PhD students working on queer gothic in fiction and film, disability and museum practice and autobiography and adaptation.
 

Research interests

Rachel’s research interests are in gender and sexuality in twentieth century and contemporary fiction (including feminism, queer theory and transgender studies), cultural practices of adaptation and appropriation (including film and television adaptation and Neo-Victorian culture) and interdisciplinary research in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Rachel’s research in gender and sexuality studies has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals, including Journal of American Studies(2010), Journal of Gender Studies(2010), Textual Practice (2000; 2014) and Women: a cultural review(2011). Her monograph, Rereading Heterosexuality: Feminism, Queer Theory and Contemporary Fiction (Edinburgh University Press, 2012) investigated the affinities and tensions between feminist and queer theory perspectives on non-normative female heterosexual identities, with a focus on British and American novels published between 1995 and 2005. She is currently working on a monograph entitled Transgender and the Literary Imagination: Gender Diversity in Twentieth Century Fiction which will be published by Edinburgh University Press. 

Rachel is editor of an interdisciplinary edited collection on cultural practices of adaptation and appropriation, Adaptation in Contemporary Culture: Textual Infidelities (Continuum, 2009) and has published in leading peer-reviewed journals in the field (Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance, 2009 and Adaptation, 2014)) as well as edited collections (Andrea Levy: Contemporary Critical Perspectives, 2014 and Teaching Adaptations 2014). She is currently investigating the representation of black British identity in film and television adaptations, ranging from adaptations of classic Victorian novels to adaptations of novels by contemporary black British authors.

Rachel has worked with researchers and practitioners from disciplines across the arts, humanities and social sciences (including Criminology, Dance, Design, Fine Art, Performing Arts and Sociology) to organise conferences designed to promote cross disciplinary dialogue and collaboration. These events include: Women, Narrative and Crime: An Interdisciplinary Conference (2015); British Culture After 9/11 (2014); Species of Spaces: A Transdisciplinary Conference on the Work of Georges Perec (2014); Litpop: Writing and Popular Music(2011);Teaching Adaptations (2010); Arts Practice and Sociological Research Methods: Exploring Boundaries (2009). Her published research in this field includes an interdisciplinary collection (with Adam Hansen) entitled Litpop: Writing and Popular Music (Ashgate, 2014). Species of Spaces was funded by a Modern Humanities Research Association Conference Grant.

PhD supervision
Rachel is Director of Studies on several doctoral projects being offered in the Institute of Design, Culture and the Arts and would like to encourage applications from prospective students.  These are indicative topics, for further information, or to discuss these opportunities, please contact Rachel directly.

Enterprise interests

Cultural representations – whether in fiction, film or television – have an important role to play in promoting public debate and understanding. Rachel is interested in working with external partners in support of equality and diversity, especially in relation to gender, sexuality and race.

Publications

Selected recent publications:

“How Soon Is Now: Constructing the Contemporary, Gendering the Experimental.”  Contemporary Women’s Writing: Special Issue – Contemporary Experimental Women’s Writing. Ed. Kaye Mitchell. 9:1 (2015)16-33.

"Small Island, Small Screen: Adapting Black British Fiction,” Andrea Levy: Contemporary Critical Perspectives. Ed. David James and Jeanette Baxter. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

“‘Making the blood flow backwards’: Disability and the politics of representation in Julian Barnes The Sense of an Ending.” Textual Practice (2014).
http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/t3nEtE92rjaANhxcghaq/full#.VHb-Z9FyYdU

“Black Britain and the Classic Adaptation: Integrated Casting in Television Adaptations of Oliver Twist and Little Dorrit.” Adaptation (2014).
http://adaptation.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2014/10/26/adaptation.apu035.full?keytype=ref&ijkey=3k1mjKQZbGLYjax

Rereading Heterosexuality: Feminism, Queer Theory and Contemporary Fiction. Edinburgh:Edinburgh University Press, 2012.

“‘Violent Operations’: Revisiting the Transgendered Body in Angela Carter’s The Passion of New Eve”, Women: a cultural review; 22: 2/3(September 2011) 241-55.

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