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About Dr Alex Tankard

She completed her PhD at the University of Liverpool with a thesis on representations of men with tuberculosis in nineteenth-century culture.


Alex has experience teaching on:

  • Studying Literature
  • Approaches to Literature
  • Romantic Literature
  • Gothic Literature
  • Nineteenth-Century Culture
  • MA Research Skills



Research interests
Nineteenth-century medicine and disabled identity; queer and disability representation in literature and on screen; fanfiction; asexuality. 

Current research
Alex is currently writing a book on asexual representation in literature and popular culture, from Victorian novels to contemporary TV drama.


Published Work

TV appearnace


  • Tuberculosis and Disabled Identity in Nineteenth-Century Literature: Invalid Lives (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018) 
  • ‘“There was something very peculiar about Doc…”: Deciphering Queer Intimacy in Representations of Doc Holliday’, Journal of American Nineteenth-Century History (December 2014) 
  • ‘Killer Consumptive in the Wild West: the Posthumous Decline of Doc Holliday’, in Changing Social Attitudes Toward Disability, ed. by David Bolt (London: Routlege, 2014), pp. 26-37 
  • ‘“He laughed at death, while courting its embrace”: Reconstructing Doc Holliday’s Experience of Illness’, Journal of the Wild West History Association, 6:4 (2013), pp. 3-14 
  • ‘The Victorian Consumptive in Disability Studies’, Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, 5 (2011), pp. 17-34 
  • ‘“If I am not grotesque I am nothing”: Aubrey Beardsley and Disabled Identities in Conflict’, in Conflict and Difference in Nineteenth-Century Literature, ed. Dinah Birch and Mark Llewellyn (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), pp. 93-108 
  • ‘Emasculation, Eugenics, and the Consumptive Voyeur in The Portrait of a Lady (1881) and The Story of a Nobody(1893)’, Critical Survey, 20 (2008), pp. 61-78 

Journalism and reviews 

  • ‘“Lazarus Rising” in Supernatural: a Perfect Horror Gem’, Notes on Literature: For Readers and Writers, 
  • ‘Robot-Satan in Alien: Covenant’, Notes on Literature: For Readers and Writers, 
  • Review of Rosie Forrest, Ghost Box Evolution in Cadillac, Michigan (Brookline, Massachusetts: Rose Metal Press, 2015), in Flash: the International Short Story Magazine, 9: 1 (2016), pp. 101-102 
  • Review of David Bolt, Julia Miele Rodas, and Elizabeth J. Donaldson (eds.), The Madwoman and the Blindman: Jane Eyre, Discourse, Disability (Columbus: Ohio State University, 2012), in Disability and Society, 29: 10 (2014), pp. 1691-1693 
  • ‘Zombies at the OK Corral: Unusual Retellings of the Tombstone Story’ Tombstone Times, November 2013 [a magazine for tourists in Arizona, US] 
  • Reviews for Matthew Sturgis, Aubrey Beardsley: a Biography (1998; London: Pallas Athene, 2011) and Robert Ross, Aubrey Beardsley (1909; London: Pallas Athene, 2011), in The Review of the Pre-Raphaelite Society, 20: 1 (2012), pp. 36-38 
  • ‘Living Dead in Tombstone: (Mis)representations of Doc Holliday’s Tuberculosis’, Tombstone Times, October 2011 

Work in progress/ under review:

‘“There was something very peculiar about Doc…’: Deciphering Queer Intimacy in Representations of Doc Holliday’


BA (English and Philosophy); MA (Victorian Literature); PhD (English Literature).