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Deborah Russell



Deborah Russell joined the Department of English and Related Literature in 2015, having spent three years as a lecturer at Queen's University Belfast. This was a return to York, where she did her PhD in the Department and the Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Her research interests centre on Gothic fiction and theatre, eighteenth-century women’s writing, and the politics of national identity. She teaches widely across the curriculum, especially on eighteenth-century and Romantic-period modules. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.




Deborah is a member of the interdisciplinary Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Her first book, provisionally entitled Domestic Gothic, focuses on eighteenth-century women’s Gothic fiction and the politics of national identity. Her publications include a 2013 journal article on the novelist Charlotte Smith, a chapter on ‘Gothic Romance’ in Romantic Gothic: An Edinburgh Companion (2015), a chapter on ‘Domestic Gothic’ for the Cambridge History of the Gothic (in press), both ed. Dale Townshend and Angela Wright, and contributions to the Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel (in press), ed. April London. Her second book project will examine dynamics of silence and the politics of adaptation in Romantic-period theatre.


Deborah welcomes enquiries about supervision from potential research students with interests in Gothic fiction and drama, eighteenth-century / Romantic-period women’s writing, silence and spectacle, or narratives of national identity.



Deborah teaches across the curriculum, particularly on modules that focus on the eighteenth century and Romantic period. She is the convenor of the cohort-wide first-year module 'Approaches to Literature I: Writing Modernity' and offers an Advanced Option Module on Gothic writing.


Deborah contributes to the team-taught core modules for the MA in Eighteenth-Century Studies and the MA in Literature of the Romantic Period, as well as the option module ‘Wollstonecraft to Austen: Femininity and Literary Culture’. In 2018/19, she taught a Masters option module on ‘The Villains of Romantic Gothic’, while in 2019/20 she will offer a module on ‘Gothic Bodies’.

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English and Related Literature
University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: +44 (0)1904 323330