Dr Emma McEvoy

Senior Lecturer in English Literature

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Semester II: Tuesday 11.15-12.15

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My interests are in eighteenth-century and contemporary Gothic, Romanticism and theatre.

I was educated at the University of Leeds (BA Hons in English, 1986) and the University of Wales, Cardiff (PhD in English, 1994). Before coming to Westminster, I was employed at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. I teach a module on Romantic literature as well as an Introduction to Poetry module. My main area of research is in Gothic Studies. I am particularly interested in Gothic of the Romantic period, and in Gothic performance.

At the moment, I am teaching on the first year survey module "What is Literature", which runs from Sophocles to Hilary Mantel, and the third year module "Satire and the City", which looks at texts of the long eighteenth century, from Wycherley to Maria Edgeworth.

My major research interests are in Romantic writing, the Gothic and theatre. My monograph on Gothic Tourism is published by Palgrave Macmillan. Its main focus is on contemporary Gothic Tourism in England -  in such forms as ghost walks, scare attractions and prison museums - but there are also chapters on Gothic tourism in the eighteenth century (at Strawberry Hill) and in the nineteenth (at Madame Tussaud's). The work considers the origins of modern Gothic, in particular the phenomenon of 'performed architectures'. Underpinning the whole volume are investigations of the relation of Gothic tourism to contemporary debates about heritage and history, to the Gothic aesthetic, and to literature, film, folklore, heritage management, arts programming, and the 'edutainment' business.

I am co-editor (with Catherine Spooner) of the Routledge Companion to Gothic (2007), for which I wrote essays on 'Gothic and the Romantics' and 'Contemporary Gothic Theatre'. I have also published on various other topics in Romantic and Gothic studies, writing on Gothic music, for instance.

I am currently working on a project on theatre music in Gothic drama of the Romantic period.

2015

Gothic Tourism (2015)
McEvoy, E. 2015. Gothic Tourism. Basingstoke Palgrave Macmillan.

2007

The Routledge companion to gothic (2007)
Spooner, C. and McEvoy, E. (ed.) 2007. The Routledge companion to gothic. London, UK Routledge.

2014

Gothic Tourism (2014)
McEvoy, E. 2014. Gothic Tourism. in: Byron, G. and Townshend, D. (ed.) The Gothic World London Routledge. pp. 476-486

2012

Gothic Music (2012)
McEvoy, E. 2012. Gothic Music. in: Hughes, W., Punter, D. and Smith, A. (ed.) Encyclopedia of the Gothic Wiley.
Matthew Lewis (2012)
McEvoy, E. 2012. Matthew Lewis. in: Hughes, W, Punter, D. and Smith, A. (ed.) Encyclopedia of the Gothic Wiley.
"'Boo!’ to taboo”: Gothic Performance at British Festivals (2012)
McEvoy, E. 2012. "'Boo!’ to taboo”: Gothic Performance at British Festivals. in: Edwards, J. and Soltysik Monnet, A. (ed.) The gothic in contemporary literature and popular culture: PopGoth Routledge. pp. 165-181

2010

West End ghosts and Southwark horrors: London's gothic tourism (2010)
McEvoy, E. 2010. West End ghosts and Southwark horrors: London's gothic tourism. in: Phillips, L. and Witchard, A. (ed.) London gothic: place, space and the gothic imagination London Continuum. pp. 140-152

2009

"I had to have this talk with you": Remediation in gothic music (2009)
McEvoy, E. 2009. "I had to have this talk with you": Remediation in gothic music. in: Butler, M., Sepp, A. and Burger, P.R. (ed.) Sound fabrics: studies on the intermedial and institutional dimensions of popular music Trier Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier. pp. 27-36

2007

Gothic and the romantics (2007)
McEvoy, E. 2007. Gothic and the romantics. in: Spooner, C. and McEvoy, E. (ed.) The Routledge companion to gothic London, UK Routledge. pp. 19-28
Contemporary gothic theatre (2007)
McEvoy, E. 2007. Contemporary gothic theatre. in: Spooner, C. and McEvoy, E. (ed.) The Routledge companion to gothic London, UK Routledge. pp. 214-222

2003

The picturesque (2003)
McEvoy, E. 2003. The picturesque. in: Murray, C. (ed.) Encyclopedia of the romantic era, 1760-1850 New York, USA Fitzroy Dearborn.
Ann Radcliffe (2003)
McEvoy, E. 2003. Ann Radcliffe. in: Murray, C. (ed.) Encyclopedia of the romantic era, 1760-1850 New York, USA Fitzroy Dearborn.

2011

Dennis Severs' house: performance, psychogeography and the gothic (2011)
McEvoy, E. 2011. Dennis Severs' house: performance, psychogeography and the gothic. Visual Culture in Britain. 12 (2), pp. 185-201.

2007

'Now who will be the witness/When we're all too healed to see?' The sad demise of Nick Cave (2007)
McEvoy, E. 2007. 'Now who will be the witness/When we're all too healed to see?' The sad demise of Nick Cave. Gothic Studies. 9 (1), pp. 79-88.

2005

Groundless metaphors and living maps in the writing of Mary Shelley (2005)
McEvoy, E. 2005. Groundless metaphors and living maps in the writing of Mary Shelley. Romanticism on the Net. 40.

2004

'Really, though secretly, a papist': G.K. Chesterton's and J. Meade Falkner's rewritings of the gothic (2004)
McEvoy, E. 2004. 'Really, though secretly, a papist': G.K. Chesterton's and J. Meade Falkner's rewritings of the gothic. Literature and Theology. 18 (1), pp. 49-61.

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