Female Gothic Histories (Assuming Gender Annual Lecture 2016)

Free Public Event • 6 December 2016, Cardiff University
Design and Photography: Rhys Tranter
Design and Photography: Rhys Tranter

This year, Professor Diana Wallace (University of South Wales) will be presenting the Assuming Gender Annual Lecture at Cardiff University. The lecture will explore a tradition of Gothic historical fictions stretching from Sophia Lee in the eighteenth century to Sarah Waters in the twenty-first century. Conscious that women have often been left out of traditional historical narratives, Wallace suggests that Gothic historical fiction offers a mode of writing which can both reinsert women into history and symbolise their exclusion.

This year’s event has been organised by Rebecca Spear, a doctoral candidate at Cardiff University.

About the Speaker

Diana Wallace is Professor of English Literature at the University of South Wales. Her teaching and research focus on women’s writing, particularly historical fiction, Modernism  and the Gothic. Her publications include Female Gothic Histories: Gender, History and the Gothic (University of Wales Press, 2013), The Woman’s Historical Novel: British Women Writers, 1900-2000 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005) and Sisters and Rivals in British Women’s Fiction, 1914-39 (Macmillan, 2000).


The lecture begins at 6.30pm in Room 0.31 of the John Percival Building at Cardiff University. The main event will be preceded by a wine reception at 5.30pm in Room 2.37.

About Assuming Gender

Assuming Gender is an open-access academic journal founded by Dr Anindya Raychaudhuri and Dr Jennifer Dawn Whitney. The journal features cutting-edge research from a range of approaches to gender studies, including work in feminist theories, queer theories, critical and cultural theory, literature, film studies, sociology and other relevant fields.

Assuming Gender is funded by the School of English, Communication, and Philosophy, Cardiff University and has previously received funding from the Cardiff University Graduate School in Humanities and the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory.

You can find out more about Assuming Gender and the history of its annual lecture series by visiting its website at assuminggender.com.

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