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Research Profile

Dr Phillippa
Bennett

Senior Lecturer in English & Creative Writing

Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology

  • Administrative Positions

    Senior Lecturer in English and Admissions Tutor for English

    Other positions

    William Morris Society Trustee and former Honorary Secretary and Vice Chair; member of the Editorial Board for The Journal of William Morris Studies; member of the British Association for Victorian Studies; External Examiner for the University of Wolverhampton.

  • Phillippa is currently Module Leader for the following modules:

    • Nineteenth-Century Literature (Level 4)
    • Gothic Literature (Level 5)
    • Wonders Dreams and Marvels: Victorian Fantasy Writing (Level 6)
    • Brave New Worlds (Level 7).

    Other areas of teaching expertise include Eighteenth-Century Literature and Romanticism.

  • Research interests

    The life and work of William Morris. Nineteenth-century literature, particularly medievalism, the development of the romance form, gothic writing and utopian writing; nineteenth-century Socialism and Communism and the development of revolutionary ideals; nineteenth-century aesthetics, including Pre-Raphaelitism, architecture and the Arts and Crafts movement; nineteenth-century explorations of Iceland and the revival of the literature of the Great Old North.

    Current Research Projects

    Phillippa has recently published a co-edited collection of essays on William Morris’s literary, aesthetic and political legacy in the twenty-first century and is also working on a book on William Morris’s Last Romances.

    Areas for supervision of research students

    Phillippa would welcome applications for postgraduate research on topics relating to William Morris, nineteenth-century literature and culture, Gothic and Fantasy writing.

    Current Supervisions:

    • ‘Morality versus Materialism, an interminable dichotomy: Radical discourse in eighteenth-century thought and literature 1750-1800’.
    • ‘The Village Shop and Rural Life in Victorian England: Cultural representations and lived experience’.
  • For publications, projects, datasets, research interests and activities, view Phillippa Bennett’s research profile on Pure, the University of Northampton’s Research Explorer.