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Personal profile


I joined the University of Huddersfield in 2008, having taught previously at a number of universities, including The Open University. I was awarded a PhD on the novels of Michèle Roberts from the University of Aberdeen in 2002. I also completed a PGCE in Further and Higher Education at the University of Wolverhampton in 2002. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

 I am the Co-Director for the Dementia and Cultural Narrative Network. I am the Primary Research Collaborator on the project 'Ageing and Illness in British and Japanese Children's Picturebooks 1950-2000: Historical and Cross-Cultural perspectives', funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (9880000 yen). 

I am the External Examiner for the Humanities Programme at the University of Hertfordshire. 

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Writing beyond the second wave: ageing into postfeminism and beyond
  • The ageing female body in literature and culture
  • Narrating dementia
  • Writing the third and fourth ages
  • Ageing across and between generations in literature

Research Degree Supervision

I am currently main supervisor for two PhD students. Their topics are affect, adaptation and filmic autobiography, and creative writing: fantasy and illness. 

I am main supervisor for three MA by Research students. They are researching: gender and the gaze in action film; AI and contemporary film; and Margaret Atwood's speculative fiction. 

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Research Output

Age and Anachronism in Contemporary Dystopian Fiction

Falcus, S., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Literature and Ageing. Vibe Skagen, M. & Barry, E. (eds.). Boydell & Brewer, (Essays and Studies).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Ageing without Remembering: Neomedieval Fantasy, Memory and Loss in Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant  

    Falcus, S. & Oró-Piqueras, M., 15 Sep 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Aging Studies.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Depicting Dementia: Representations of Cognitive Health and Illness in Ten Picturebooks for Children

    Caldwell, E., Falcus, S. & Sako, K., 14 Mar 2020, In : Children's Literature in Education. 26 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Open Access
  • Contemporary Narratives of Dementia: Ethics, Ageing, Politics

    Falcus, S. & Sako, K., 2 Jan 2019, 1 ed. New York: Routledge. 228 p. (Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature)

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Activities

    Narratives of Dementia and Ageing in the Time of COVID-19

    Sarah Falcus (Organiser) & Raquel Medina (Organiser)

    21 Jul 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    External PhD examination at Manchester Metropolitan University

    Sarah Falcus (Examiner)

    7 Jul 2020

    Activity: Examination typesPhD Examination

    External PhD Examination at University of Queensland

    Sarah Falcus (Examiner)

    Jul 2020Aug 2020

    Activity: Examination typesPhD Examination

    Medical Humanities (Journal)

    Sarah Falcus (Reviewer)


    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication Peer-review

    Edinburgh University Press (Publisher)

    Sarah Falcus (Reviewer)


    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication Peer-review