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Jane Ford

T:
01642 34
Job title:
Lecturer in English Studies
E:
j.ford@tees.ac.uk
School/department:
School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law
 
 
Research:
Social Sciences, Humanities & Law research
 
 
ORCID:
0000-0002-6090-9369

About Jane Ford

Jane Ford

Jane Ford
Lecturer in English Studies, School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law
T: 01642 34
E: j.ford@tees.ac.uk
Research: Social Sciences, Humanities & Law research

Dr Jane Ford joined the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Law in February 2018. She has previously taught at Edge Hill University, the University of Chester, Keele University and the University of Portsmouth. Jane holds a BA (Hons) in English Language & Literature, an MA in Victorian Literature (University of Liverpool) and a Ph.D in English (University of Portsmouth). Her doctoral thesis examined metaphors of economic exploitation and domination in a range of late nineteenth-century writing. Jane is a specialist in fin-de-siècle literature and culture and has a particular interest in economic motifs and ideas, feminist recovery, the Gothic and literary representations of insects / entomology.

Research interests

Jane is a specialist in the literature and culture of the fin de siècle and she is currently completing a monograph which examines the complex network of metaphors that emerged around late nineteenth-century conceptions of economic self-interest and exploitation. Metaphors of Economic Exploitation in Literature 1880-1914: Vampiric Enterprise is currently under contract with Routledge and will be published in 2019.

In 2016, Jane published a co-edited collection of essays (with Kim Edwards Keates and Patricia Pulham) titled Economies of Desire at the Victorian Fin-de-Siècle: Libidinal Lives. The collection considers how the literature of the fin de siècle questions, defines and registers the relationship between economy and desire, particularly in the light of late nineteenth-century developments in economic thought and sexology.

With Alexandra Gray, Jane is also co-editing Lucas Malet, Dissident Pilgrim: Critical Essays: the first collection of essays to consider the writing of the critically-neglected author Lucas Malet (Mary St. Leger Kingsley Harrison). The collection, which will be published by Routledge in 2019, serves as an introduction to Malet’s work and highlights her centrality within the late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century literary establishment. Jane’s own essay explores the trope of telepathy in Malet’s WW1 novel, The Survivors (1923).

The recovery of critically neglected women writers is a major emerging strand of Jane’s research and she is currently working on the collaborative research initiative, “Gateless Barrier: The Forgotten Women Writers Project”. Developed with Alexandra Gray, this project aims to recover the work of forgotten female writers of the nineteenth and early twentieth century in, and beyond, the academy. Jane hosted an initial crowd-funded public reading group in November 2017.

PhD and research opportunities

Jane welcomes enquiries from prospective research students interested in any aspect of fin-de-siècle literature, late-Victorian Gothic, Victorian literature and finance / economics and nineteenth-century women’s writing. 

Publications

Books:

Jane Ford, Metaphors of Economic Exploitation in Literature, 1885-1914: Vampiric Enterprise(Forthcoming. Routledge, 2019)

Jane Ford & Alexandra Gray (eds.) Lucas Malet, Dissident Pilgrim: Critical Essays (Forthcoming. Routledge, 2018)

Jane Ford, Kim Edwards Keates & Patricia Pulham (eds.), Economies of Desire at the Victorian Fin de Siècle: Libidinal Lives (Routledge Studies in Nineteenth Century Literature, 2016). 214.pp ISBN 978-1-138-82634-2

Journal Articles:

Jane Ford, Socialism, Capitalism and the Fiction of Lucas Malet: “The Spirit of the Hive”, English Literature in Transition,1880-1920, 58.4 (2015), 551-571

Jane Ford, Spectral Economies at the Anglo-African Margin: Bertram Mitford’s Predatory Politics of Consumption, Victorian Network, 1 (2009), 6-21 (Essay Prize Winner)

Book Chapters:

Jane Ford, ‘Telepathy and Contamination in The Survivors’. In Jane Ford & Alexandra Gray, Lucas Malet, Dissident Pilgrim: Critical Essays (Completed & Forthcoming. Routledge 2018).

Jane Ford, ‘Greek Gift and ‘Given Being’: The Libidinal Economies of Vernon Lee’s Supernatural Tales.’ In Jane Ford, Kim Edwards Keates & Patricia Pulham, Economies of Desire at the Victorian Fin de Siècle: Libidinal Lives (New York:Routledge, 2016), pp. 106-121 ISBN 978-1-138-82634-2

Jane Ford, Kim Edwards Keates and Patricia Pulham, ‘Introduction.’ In Jane Ford, Kim Edwards Keates & Patricia Pulham, Economies of Desire at the Victorian Fin de Siècle: Libidinal Lives (New York:Routledge, 2016), pp. 1-17 ISBN 978-1-138-82634-2

Reviews and Shorter Essays:

Jane Ford, ‘Lucas Malet’. In Companion to Victorian Popular Fiction, ed. by Kevin Morrison (Submitted and Forthcoming. McFarland 2017).

Jane Ford, Review of Andrew Eastham, Aesthetic Afterlives: Irony, Literary Modernity and the Ends of Beauty, Victoriographies, 4.2 (2014), 183-4 ISSN 2044-2416

Jane Ford, Review of Tina O’Toole, The Irish New Woman, The Latchkey: Journal of New Woman Studies, 6 (2014). ISSN 2046-4525

Jane Ford & Kim Edwards Keates, ‘Reading as if for life’: Dickens Universe 2010, The Reader, 41 (2011), 79-81 ISBN 978-0-95678-6-203