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Biography

Education

I studied for a BA (Hons) in English at the University of Lancaster (1st class), followed by an MA in Critical Theory and DPhil in English Literature at the University of Sussex. My doctoral thesis, supervised by Professor Geoffrey Bennington, is entitled ‘Bordering the Aesthetic: Oscar Wilde and the discourses of literary modernity'.

Career

Between 1996 and 2003 I taught at the Universities of Sussex, Chichester and Winchester, joining the University of Huddersfield in 2003. I have been Head of English and Creative Writing since 2005. I have been a member of the external validation panels for undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses at the Universities of Worcester and Central Lancashire and at Edge Hill and York St John Universities. I was external examiner for BA (Hons) English and BA (Hons) English with American Literature at the University of Winchester from 2015-17. In 2017 I was external examiner at the University of Portsmouth for a PhD on Arthur Conan Doyle, Fandom and the Strand Magazine.

Research Expertise and Interests

My research expertise is primarily in Victorian and Edwardian literature, with significant interests also in critical and cultural theory. My current research projects include work on literature and magic, Robert Louis Stevenson's travel narratives, detective fiction and the cultural history of deception.

 

Research Degree Supervision

I have supervised postgraduate research on Edmund Yates and Victorian sensation fiction, sadomasochism in the gothic fiction of Richard Marsh, Victorian ghost stories, and science and motherhood in the writings of Charlotte Haldane. I have also co-supervised a number of Creative Writing PhDs and MAs by Research.

 

External positions

PhD external examiner, University of Portsmouth

Dec 2017

External panel member for periodic subject review of BA (Hons) & MA programmes in English, York St John University

May 2017

External research consultant to Cottingley Fairies research project, Chiba University of Technology

2017 → …

External panel member for periodic subject review and revalidation of BA (Hons) & MA programmes in English, Edge Hill University

Dec 2015

External examiner of BA (Hons) & MA programmes in English, University of Winchester

20132017

External panel member for periodic subject review & revalidation of BA (Hons) & MA programmes in English, University of Central Lancashire

May 2011

External panel member for periodic subject review and revalidation of BA (Hons) & MA programmes in English, University of Worcester

Mar 2007

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Victorian Literature
  • Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Gothic
  • Detective fiction
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • Masculinities
  • Walter Benjamin
  • Erskine Childers
  • Imperial Romance
  • Rider Haggard
  • Oscar Wilde
  • Hoax
  • Literature
  • English Literature
  • Chesterton
  • Edwardian fiction
  • Victorian fiction
  • Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Popular Fiction
  • Spy Thriller
  • material culture
  • thing theory
  • Actor-Network Theory
  • Frankfurt School
  • Deconstruction
  • Gender
  • Spiritualism
  • magic
  • Bronte
  • Scientific Romance
  • Ghost story

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics where Merrick Burrow is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

masculinity Social Sciences
materialism Social Sciences
imperialism Social Sciences
habitat Social Sciences
museum Social Sciences
genre Social Sciences
artifact Social Sciences
ideology Social Sciences

Research Output 2000 2016

  • 5 Article
  • 2 Chapter
  • 2 Book/Film/Dance Article review
  • 1 Editorial

Healing Victorian Masculinities

Burrow, M., 2016, In : Papers on Language and Literature. 52, 2, p. 198-206 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
masculinity
genre
experiment
gender
Masculinity

‘The Future of our Delicate Network of Empire’: The Riddle of the Sands and the Birth of the British Spy Thriller

Burrow, M., 23 Nov 2016, New Directions in Popular Fiction. Gelder, K. (ed.). Palgrave Macmillan UK, p. 111-133 23 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Riddles
Invasion
Spies
Plot
Novel

Queer Clubs and Queer Trades: G. K. Chesterton, Homosociality and the City

Burrow, M., 31 Jul 2014, G.K. Chesterton, London and Modernity. Beaumont, M. & Ingleby, M. (eds.). London: Bloomsbury Academic, p. 113-134 21 p. (Bloomsbury Studies in the City).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Book review: The Filth and the Purity: Policing Dirt in Late-Victorian Detective Fiction

Burrow, M., 17 Dec 2013, In : Journal of Victorian Culture. 18, 4, p. 562-564

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Dance Article review

Open Access
File
1 Citation (Scopus)

Conan Doyle's gothic materialism

Burrow, M., 1 Jul 2013, In : Nineteenth-Century Contexts. 35, 3, p. 309-323 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

materialism
Arthur Conan Doyle
Materialism
Gothic