BiographyAfter 5 years as a secondary school teacher of English, I studied for a MA in English (Literature, Place, and Identity) at the University of Exeter, Cornwall Campus. My MA dissertation, 'The Reader as Lover in Mary Wollstonecraft's "Letters from Sweden"', led me to pursue a PhD in English at the University of Exeter on Mary Wollstonecraft's reception in the early nineteenth century.
As I have a background in education, and a research focus on one of the Enlightenment's fiercest advocates for education, research-led teaching and teaching-led research form the cornerstones of my teaching and research.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Romantic-period women's writing, Gothic fiction, children's literature
Published: May 01, 2016 by Gothic Studies
Authors: Andrew McInnes
In recent criticism, Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey has been reconsidered as a comic rather than mock-Gothic novel. I argue that Austen continues her engagement with the Gothic, using Emma as an exemplary case. Emma not only includes explicit mentions of Gothic novels, but implicitly reformulates the relationships between Female Gothic figures: finding a frail, victimised heroine in Jane Fairfax and a seductive femme fatale in Emma herself.