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Dr Claire Nally

Associate Professor

Department: Humanities

My research is situated in the modern and contemporary period of English Literature, engaging with Neo-Victorianism and Irish Studies.

I have interests in subcultures, the graphic novel, and gender, and have published material on figures as diverse as W. B. Yeats, Patrick McCabe, Bryan Talbot, and Dita von Teese. My latest research has involved addressing the ways in which contemporary culture engages with memory, heritage, and mourning, through the Cross Bones graveyard in Southwark, London.

This research trend continues in my current project, looking at the phenomenon of the Death Positive Movement (Death Cafes, The Order of the Good Death, morticians’ memoirs etc). I am also interested in the ways Neo-Victorianism functions as part of the (post)colonial encounter, with especial reference to Ireland, as well as the ways in which steampunk both contests and reinscribes gender norms.

Claire Nally

Campus Address

Office: Lipman 422


  • English PhD April 27 2006
  • English MA July 01 2002
  • English BA (Hons) July 02 2001
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Steampunk: Gender, Subculture and the Neo-Victorian, Nally, C. 27 Jun 2019
  • Advertising, literature and print culture in Ireland, 1891-1922, Strachan, J., Nally, C. 31 Aug 2012
  • Envisioning Ireland: W. B. Yeats's Occult Nationalism, Nally, C. Nov 2009
  • Twenty-first Century Feminism: Forming and Performing Femininity, Nally, C., Smith, A. 1 Jan 2015
  • Naked Exhibitionism: Gendered performance and public exposure, Nally, C., Smith, A. 30 Aug 2012
  • The political occult: revisiting fascism, Yeats and 'A Vision', Nally, C. 2012, W. B. Yeats's A Vision: Explications and Contexts, Clemson, SC, Clemson University Digital Press
  • Goth 'zines: Writing from the dark underground, 1976-92, Nally, C. Jul 2018, Ripped, torn and cut, Manchester University Press
  • Goth Beauty, Style and Sexuality: Neo-Traditional Femininity in Twenty-First Century Subcultural Magazines, Nally, C. 1 Nov 2018, In: Gothic Studies
  • Whitby Goth Weekend (1994-present), Nally, C. 26 Apr 2018, The Gothic, Peter Lang
  • Cross Bones Graveyard, Nally, C. 27 Apr 2018, In: Journal of Victorian Culture

PGR Supervision

  • Katie Liddane Start: 01/10/2018
  • Emma Catan Start: 01/10/2019
  • Andrew Reid Start: 01/10/2017

Further Information

I am the module leader for ‘Neo-Victorianism: Contemporary Literature and Culture’. I also co-lead the MA English Literature module, ‘Dark Tourism - Urban Underworlds and Modern City Spaces’.

I was the module leader for the English core module ‘Concepts in Criticism and Culture’ from 2012 to 2014, and I also contribute to the core module ‘Textual Studies (Modernism and Modernity)’, and ‘Literature and Adaptation’. In previous years, I led the third-year module on ‘James Joyce's Ulysses’.

I welcome PhD students in Neo-Victorianism, modern and contemporary fiction, Irish studies, and subcultures.


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