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English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies | Department

I have taught at the University of Westminster since 2006. I received my BA in English Literature at the University of North London (1997) and PhD in English Literature at Birkbeck College, University of London (2003). My key areas of teaching and research interest are in Gothic, the Fin de Siècle, and Modernism. My research interests centre on British and Chinese cultural relations. I received an AHRC Research Development Network Grant: Translating Cultures for the project China in Britain: Myths and Realities (2012-2014).

My teaching lies principally in the areas of nineteenth and early-twentieth-century literature and culture. I am module leader for the core BA English level-four module The Victorians, and core level-five module Modernism and the Early Twentieth Century. I also teach on the BA module, Reading Gothic, and MA module, London and Modernism.

I am particularly interested in Sino-British cultural relations through the early-twentieth century. 

I have published books and articles that look at the historical formulations and effects of Orientalist stereotypes on cultural understandings of China and the Chinese in Britain. My more recent work, British Modernism and Chinoiserie (EUP 2015) and England's Yellow Peril: Sinophobia and the Great War (Penguin 2015) assesses the impact of Chinatown, Chineseness and its mythologies on global modernism and transnational cultural affect. 

I am currently working on a book-length study Dancing Antic Hays: Performing Modernist Chineseries which considers the emergence of modernist dance/performance as a transnational art form that developed from encounters between East and West. 

PhD Supervision 

Aisling McKeown We’re All Irish Now? : migrancy and otherness in contemporary Irish literature 

Sanna Schyllert Sacrifice in Women’s Modernist Fiction

Johanna Kirby The poetry of ‘Michael Field’

Maria Ronchi The Life and Works of Henry Rider Haggard

2016

London's avant garde and China's literary revolution: Huang Zunxian's Great London Fog (2016)
Witchard, A. 2016. London's avant garde and China's literary revolution: Huang Zunxian's Great London Fog. in: Bickers, R. and Forman, R. (ed.) Britain-China cultural relations, 1830-1950: knowledge, literature and cultures Routledge.
Ernest Fenollosa (2016)
Witchard, A. 2016. Ernest Fenollosa. in: Kolocotroni, V. (ed.) Routledge encyclopedia of modernism Routledge.

2014

Purple clouds and yellow shadows: sickly vapours and perilous hues at the fin de siècle (2014)
Witchard, A. 2014. Purple clouds and yellow shadows: sickly vapours and perilous hues at the fin de siècle. in: Baker, P. and Clayton, T. (ed.) Lord of strange deaths : the fiendish world of Sax Rohmer London Strange Attractor.

2013

Thomas Burke, Limehouse nights: tales of Chinatown (1916) (2013)
Witchard, A. 2013. Thomas Burke, Limehouse nights: tales of Chinatown
. in: Whitehead, A. and White, J. (ed.) London fictions Nottingham Five Leaves Press.

2012

Sax Rohmer (2012)
Witchard, A. 2012. Sax Rohmer. in: Hughes, W., Punter, D. and Smith, A. (ed.) Encyclopedia of the gothic Wiley.

2011

A threepenny omnibus ticket to "Limey-housey-causey-way": fictional sojourns in Chinatown (2011)
Witchard, A. 2011. A threepenny omnibus ticket to "Limey-housey-causey-way": fictional sojourns in Chinatown. in: Short story criticism: excerpts from criticism of the works of short fiction writers Gale Cengage Learning.
Aspects of literary Limehouse: Thomas Burke and the “glamorous shame” of Chinatown (2011)
Witchard, A. 2011. Aspects of literary Limehouse: Thomas Burke and the “glamorous shame” of Chinatown. in: Short story criticism: excerpts from criticism of the works of short fiction writers Gale Cengage Learning.
"Curious kisses": the Chinatown fantasies of Thomas Burke (2011)
Witchard, A. 2011. "Curious kisses": the Chinatown fantasies of Thomas Burke. in: Kunnemann, V. and Mayer, R. (ed.) Chinatowns in a transnational world: myths and realities of an urban phenomenon Abingdon Routledge. pp. 101-115

2010

Special section: London and the Camden Town Group (2010)
Barfield, S. and Witchard, A. 2010. Special section: London and the Camden Town Group. in: Literary London: interdisciplinary studies in the representation of London Literary London.
'A fatal freshness': mid-Victorian suburbophobia (2010)
Witchard, A. 2010. 'A fatal freshness': mid-Victorian suburbophobia. in: Phillips, L. and Witchard, A. (ed.) London gothic: place, space and the gothic imagination London Continuum. pp. 23-40

2009

Chinoiserie wonderlands of the fin de siècle: twinkletoes in Chinatown (2009)
Witchard, A. 2009. Chinoiserie wonderlands of the fin de siècle: twinkletoes in Chinatown. in: Hollingsworth, C. (ed.) Alice beyond wonderland: essays for the twenty-first century Iowa City University of Iowa Press. pp. 155-174

2008

Bloomsbury, Limehouse and Piccadilly: a Chinese sojourn in London (2008)
Witchard, A. 2008. Bloomsbury, Limehouse and Piccadilly: a Chinese sojourn in London. in: Rastogi, P. and Fenton Stitt, J. (ed.) Before Windrush: recovering an Asian and black literary heritage within Britain Newcastle Cambridge Scholars.

2007

Thomas Burke: "Son of London" (2007)
Witchard, A. 2007. Thomas Burke: "Son of London". in: Phillips, L. (ed.) A mighty mass of brick and smoke: Victorian and Edwardian representations of London Amsterdam, Netherlands Rodopi.

2015

England's Yellow Peril: Sinophobia and the Great War (2015)
Witchard, A. 2015. England's Yellow Peril: Sinophobia and the Great War. Penguin.
Modernism and Chinoiserie (2015)
Witchard, A. (ed.) 2015. Modernism and Chinoiserie. Edinburgh Edinburgh University Press.

2012

Lao She in London (2012)
Witchard, A. 2012. Lao She in London. Hong Kong Hong Kong University Press and Royal Asiatic Society (Shanghai).

2010

London gothic: place, space and the gothic imagination (2010)
Phillips, L. and Witchard, A. (ed.) 2010. London gothic: place, space and the gothic imagination. London Continuum.

2009

Thomas Burke's dark chinoiserie: Limehose nights and the queer spell of Chinatown (2009)
Witchard, A. 2009. Thomas Burke's dark chinoiserie: Limehose nights and the queer spell of Chinatown. Farnham Ashgate.

2011

Book review: Victorian vulgarity: taste in verbal and visual culture (2011)
Witchard, A. 2011. Book review: Victorian vulgarity: taste in verbal and visual culture. Victoriographies: a journal of nineteenth-century writing. 1 (1), pp. 138-140.
Book review: Wilkie Collins: a literary life (2011)
Witchard, A. 2011. Book review: Wilkie Collins: a literary life. Journal of Victorian Culture. 16 (1), pp. 158-162.
Bedraggled ballerinas on a ’bus back to Bow: "the fairy business" (2011)
Witchard, A. 2011. Bedraggled ballerinas on a ’bus back to Bow: "the fairy business". 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century. (13).

2010

Review: Modern painters: the Camden Town Group, Tate Britain 13 February - 5 May 2008 (2010)
Witchard, A. 2010. Review: Modern painters: the Camden Town Group, Tate Britain 13 February - 5 May 2008. Literary London: interdisciplinary studies on the representation of London. 8 (1).

2008

Book review: Recalling London: literature and history in the work of Peter Ackroyd and Iain Sinclair (2008)
Witchard, A. 2008. Book review: Recalling London: literature and history in the work of Peter Ackroyd and Iain Sinclair. Literary London: interdisciplinary studies on the representation of London. 6 (1).
Book review: Formal investigations: aesthetic style in late Victorian and Edwardian detective fiction (2008)
Witchard, A. 2008. Book review: Formal investigations: aesthetic style in late Victorian and Edwardian detective fiction. English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920. 51 (3).

2007

A threepenny omnibus ticket to "Limey-housey-causey-way": fictional sojourns in Chinatown (2007)
Witchard, A. 2007. A threepenny omnibus ticket to "Limey-housey-causey-way": fictional sojourns in Chinatown. Comparative Critical Studies. 4 (2), pp. 225-240.

2006

Book review: The language of the eyes: science, sexuality, and female vision in English literature and culture, 1690-1927 (2006)
Witchard, A. 2006. Book review: The language of the eyes: science, sexuality, and female vision in English literature and culture, 1690-1927. English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920. 49 (4).

2005

"Thomas Burke, the 'Laureate of Limehouse": a new biographical outline (2005)
Witchard, A. 2005. "Thomas Burke, the 'Laureate of Limehouse": a new biographical outline. English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920. 48 (2), pp. 164-187.

2004

Aspects of literary Limehouse: Thomas Burke and the “glamorous shame” of Chinatown (2004)
Witchard, A. 2004. Aspects of literary Limehouse: Thomas Burke and the “glamorous shame” of Chinatown. Literary London: interdisciplinary studies on the representation of London. 2 (2).

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