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Dr Alison Younger


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Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Creative Writing

I am Programme Leader for MA English Studies and Senior Lecturer for BA (Hons) English.

Teaching and supervision

I have extensive experience of planning and innovative delivery across undergraduate and postgraduate courses at Sunderland. As Programme Leader, I have been involved in the development of the curriculum for English and Drama, English and Creative Writing and the MA in English Studies (which has been radically remodelled under my programme leadership). 

I am Module Leader for Chaucer, Gothic and Shakespeare alongside research-focused modules in Gothic, and Mythic Literatures from Homer to Harry Potter. I have taught and led modules, from Level 4 to Level 7, across almost every period of English literature from the late medieval age to the present day, and work on core modules in Creative Writing. 

Research interests for potential research students

  • Irish and Scottish literatures, (particularly Celtic Gothic)
  • Consumer culture
  • Advertising and literature 
  • Monster theory 
  • Contemporary critical theory
  • Irish cultural history
  • Advertising and commodity culture
  • Blackwood’s magazine
  • Gothic literatures
  • The role and behaviours of the gothic gentleman in the 19th Century

I have successfully supervised a number of PhDs in Gothic and Celtic literatures and welcome applications for the same.

Research

My primary research interests lie in Irish and Scottish literatures, (particularly Celtic Gothic), consumer culture, advertising and literature, and Monster Theory. I have published in the fields of contemporary critical theory, Irish cultural history, advertising and commodity culture, Blackwood’s magazine and Gothic literatures.

I have co-edited a number of scholarly collections, and I'm currently researching the role and behaviours of the gothic gentleman in the 19th Century.

My most recent publication, co-authored with Colin Younger is ‘Reivers, Raiders and Revenants: The Haunted Landscapes of the Anglo-Scots Borders’ in Haunted Landscapes: Super-Nature and the Environment (2016) edited by Ruth Heholt and Niamh Downing and published by Rowman & Littlefield. Also in 2016, ‘Scotland is my home, but Ireland my country’ in Scotland and the Easter Rising: Fresh perspectives on 1916 edited by Kirsty Lusk and Willy Maley and published by Luath Press, Edinburgh and ‘A terrible beauty is bought: Retails and re-tellings of 1916’ in Irish Studies Review, Autumn 2016.

I have successfully supervised a number of PhDs in Gothic and Celtic Literatures and welcomes applications for the same.

Publications

Number of items: 24.

Article

Younger, Alison (2016) A terrible beauty is bought: 1916, commemoration and commodification. Irish Studies Review, 24 (4). pp. 455-467. ISSN 0967-0882

Book Section

Younger, Alison (2018) Monstrous Masculinities from the Macaroni to Mr Hyde: Reading the Gothic 'Gentleman'. In: The Victorian Male Body. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, pp. 128-147. ISBN 9781474428606

Younger, Alison and Younger, Colin (2016) The Supernatural Borders: on Reivers, Revenants and Redcaps. In: Haunted Landscapes: Super-Nature and the Environment. Place, Memory, Affect . Rowman & Littlefield, London. ISBN 978-1783488810

Younger, Alison (2016) Scotland is my home, but Ireland is my country: Border Crossing Women of 1916. In: Scotland and the Easter Rising: Fresh Perspectives on 1916. Luath Press, Edinburgh, pp. 153-159. ISBN 9781910745366

Younger, Alison (2013) "'Lowering the Tone': Wolfe Tone in 1898 - Commemoration and Commodification". In: Romantic Ireland: From Tone to Gonne; Fresh Perspectives on Nineteenth-Century Ireland. Cambridge Scholars Press. ISBN 978-1-4438-4420-8

Younger, Alison (2013) "Posing Paddy for Empire: Dion Boucicault Staging the Oirish". In: Romantic Ireland: From Tone to Gonne; Fresh Perspectives on Nineteenth-Century Ireland. Cambridge Scholars Press. ISBN 978-1-4438-4420-8

Younger, Alison (2013) Doctors and Devils: Diagnosing Racial Degeneracy in Stevenson’s Gothic Fiction. In: Celtic Connections: Irish-Scottish Relations and the Politics of Culture. Reimagining Ireland (38). Peter Lang International Academic Publishers, Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, pp. 61-88. ISBN 978-3-0343-0214-2

Younger, Alison (2012) A Parliament of Monsters: Commodity Spectacle in Nineteenth Century Popular Entertainment. In: Ireland in Drama, Film, and Popular Culture. Wvt Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier. ISBN 978-3-86821-385-0

Younger, Alison (2011) Puffing Patriotism or Promoting Profiteering: Dion Boucicault’s Robert Emmet. In: Ireland at War and Peace. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 43-70. ISBN 978-1-4438-2633-4

Younger, Alison and Strachan, John (2010) Introduction. In: Ireland: Evolution and Revolution. Reimagining Ireland (v. 12). Peter Lang, Bern, pp. 1-15. ISBN 978-3-03911-881-6

Younger, Alison (2010) "'Oh horrible! An Irish man': Macklin, Friel and the Politics of Mimicry". In: Ireland: Revolution and Evolution. Reimagining Ireland (12). Peter Lang International Academic Publishers, Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, pp. 37-60. ISBN 978-3-03911-881-6

Younger, Alison (2010) "Remembering the Year of the French: Wolfe Tone, Republican, Rebel of Melodramatic Hero". In: War of the Words: Literary Rebellion in France and Ireland. Universite de Rennes 2, Rennes.

Younger, Alison and Lyons, Paddy (2009) Dressing up in Ascendancy Robes: The Big House in Brian Friel's Aristocrats. In: No Country for Old Men: New Perspectives on Irish Literature. Reimagining Ireland (v. 4). Peter Lang, Bern, pp. 247-265. ISBN 978-3-03911-841-0

Lyons, Paddy and Younger, Alison (2009) Introduction. In: No Country for Old Men: Fresh Perspectives on Irish Literature. Reimagining Ireland (v. 4). Peter Lang, Bern, pp. 1-13. ISBN 978-3-03911-841-0

Younger, Alison (2009) "Dressing Up in Ascendancy Robes: The Big House in Brian Friel's Aristocrats". In: No Country for Old Men: New Perspectives on Irish Literature. Reimagining Ireland (4). Peter Lang International Academic Publishers, Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, pp. 247-264. ISBN 978-3-03911-841-0

Younger, Alison and Herron, Tom (2009) "Roots and Routes: Home and Away in Friel and Heaney". In: Cultural Perspectives on Globalisation and Ireland. Reimagining Ireland (5). Peter Lang International Academic Publishers, Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, pp. 149-176. ISBN 978-3-03911-851-9

Younger, Alison (2007) '"Gallous Stories and Dirtier Deeds": Brian Friel's The Gentle Island'. In: Essays on Modern Irish Literature. Business Education Publishers Ltd, Sunderland. ISBN 978-1873757864

Younger, Alison "The Business of Pleasure: Modernism, Marketing and Music Hall in Fin de Siecle Ireland". In: Irish Studies in Europe, Crosscurrents and Borderlands. WVT Press, Trier.

Conference or Workshop Item

Younger, Alison (2010) The Gaze, the Gael and the Guidebook: ‘Turistas Vulgaris’ meets the Urban Flaneur? In: Belfast: The Urban Experience, 1613-1939, 24 - 25 Sep 2010, Queen’s University Belfast. (Unpublished)

Book

Younger, Alison and Maley, Willy (2013) Celtic Connections: Irish-Scottish Relations and the Politics of Culture. Reimagining Ireland, 38 . Peter Lang International Academic Publishers, Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien. ISBN 978-3-0343-0214-2

Younger, Alison (2011) Ireland at War and Peace. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. ISBN 978-1-4438-2633-4

Strachan, John and Younger, Alison (2010) Ireland: Revolution and Evolution. Reimagining Ireland, 12 . Peter Lang, Bern. ISBN 9783039118816

Younger, Alison (2009) No country for old men: new perspectives on Irish literature. Reimagining Ireland, 4 . Peter Lang, Bern. ISBN 978-3-03911-841-0

Strachan, John and Younger, Alison (2007) Essays on Modern Irish Literature. Business Education Publishers Ltd, Sunderland. ISBN 978-1873757864

This list was generated on Thu Jun 4 06:56:59 2020 BST.
  • Irish and Scottish literatures, (particularly Celtic Gothic)
  • Consumer culture
  • Advertising and literature 
  • Monster theory 
  • Contemporary critical theory
  • Irish cultural history
  • Advertising and commodity culture
  • Blackwood’s magazine
  • Gothic literatures
  • The role and behaviours of the gothic gentleman in the 19th Century

Last updated 11 January 2020