Ellen Bulford Welch

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Ellen MV Bulford Welch

Ellen Bulford Welch

BA in English Language and Literature, University of Oxford, 2015 MPhil in American Literature, University of Cambridge, 2016

Supervisors

Professor Andrew Smith, Dr Duco van Oostrum

Research interests

The Gothic, American Literature, Nineteenth-century Literature, Authorship

Contact

EMVBulfordWelch1@sheffield.ac.uk

Research

My doctoral research focuses on the figure of the Gothic author in nineteenth-century American criticism. Working from the premise that pejorative Gothic identities were frequently attributed to practitioners of the Gothic, my thesis traces the impact of this discourse upon the development of the Gothic genre in nineteenth-century America, from the conflicted representation of Gothic authors who were deemed to occupy a canonical status in the nation's emerging literature, to evasive approaches to authorship (especially anonymous or pseudonymous publication).

Publications

Publications

  • 'Feudal grandeur' and 'baronial gentility': Literary Nationalism, European Gothic Architecture, and Metafictional Anxieties in the American Gothic Novels of John Neal (Conference paper delivered at Sheffield's 'Reimagining the Gothic' conference, 2017)