Dr Helena Ifill
BA Newnham College, University of Cambridge; MA and PhD University of Sheffield
Room 3.20, Jessop West
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I was appointed as a University Teacher at Sheffield in 2010, but first came to the city and the University in 2004 in order to take the MA in Nineteenth-Century Studies. I remained to write a PhD in Victorian Literature entitled `Theories of Determinism in the Fiction of Mary Elizabeth Braddon and Wilkie Collins, 1852-74´. I taught English Literature at the Universities of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam and Newcastle before taking up my current position.
My research relates to the connections between Victorian science, medicine and literature. My exploration of “science” reflects the Victorians’ own flexible, multifaceted conceptions of the term and ranges from physiological textbooks through to periodical debates over the unclear boundaries between (pseudo)science and the supernatural. I am particularly interested in the representation of unusual medical conditions, mental states and deterministic factors (such as heredity, education and upbringing) in Victorian popular fiction and the periodical press. My main research topic at the moment relates to depictions of the form of insanity known as monomania in medical, popular periodical and fictional writing.
I am co-organizer for the Victorian Popular Fiction Association annual conference (http://victorianpopularfiction.org/) and am co-director for the University of Sheffield Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies. I am also a member of the British Association for Science and Literature, the British Association for Victorian Studies, and the Wilkie Collins Society.
I have taught on a number of modules at the University of Sheffield, including on the core Victorian and Romantic modules and MA modules. I am currently the Erasmus tutor for Literature for students visiting Sheffield through the School of Languages and Cultures and teach the following modules:
Alongside Dr Matthew Cheeseman I run the bi-annual Erasmus and Study Abroad Photography Competition. Examples of previous shortlisted entries can be found here: Erasmus Photography Competition
Public Engagement and Widening Participation Projects