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The Two Marys: Shropshire's Feminist Novelists, Mary Cholmondeley (1859-1925) and Mary Webb (1881-1927).

My research explores how these two Shropshire authors informed the wider literary culture of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Particular emphasis is placed on how their work both represented and influenced women. Using G.I.S. (Geographical Information Systems), I am plotting both their life and work within the Shropshire landscape and using deep mapping techniques to display a variety of information about them in one easily accessible resource.

This database can be used by both scholars and others interested in these two authors and the Shropshire area in which they lived. My research also involves studying the concept of the literary pilgrimage and my database will enable the user to virtually walk the places which inspired the works of these two writers.

Additional Work

  • I have presented papers at Research Days at the University of Chester. I have also presented at the 2017 ICVWW Conference at Canterbury Christ Church University.
  • I organised an Arnold Bennett and Mary Webb Study Day at the University Centre, Shrewsbury which took place in May 2018.
  • I gave a public lecture on Mary Webb’s poetry at Shrewsbury Unitarian Church in September 2018 as part of the English Heritage Open Days.
  • I have written a chapter on Mary Cholmondeley which is being published in the Brontë to Bloomsbury series Volume 3 1880s-1890s.
  • I am co-organising an academic conference on Women Writers, 1850-1950 to be held in June 2019 at the University Centre, Shrewsbury.
  • I am currently teaching on the following modules in Shrewsbury: Ways of Reading (EN4402), Introduction to English Literature (EN4401), Nineteenth Century Women’s Writing (EN5403) and Women’s Writing in the Long Twentieth Century (EN6406. In Chester, I am teaching on the module Nineteenth Century Literature: The Canon and Beyond (EN7201) and Telling Stories: Debates Past and Present (EN7007).