Dr Helen Stoddart
- Senior Lecturer in Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Literature (English Literature)
- Twentieth-century novel
- Contemporary fiction
- The modern circus
- Gender and the body
Helen Stoddart is a graduate of Glasgow University, having taken her M.A. in English and Film and Television Studies, then her Ph.D on Gothic fictions from the University of Reading. Prior to joining the University of Glasgow in 2009, she worked at Keele University.
Her research interests lie primarily in twentieth- and twenty-first century literature, film and culture, with a particular focus on questions of gender and the body. This has produced a range of publications on subjects such as Federico Fellini, Isak Dinesen, tattoos, Angela Carter, film authorship theory, A.L. Kennedy, ghost stories, Charles Dickens, and Wim Wenders. Her monograph, Rings of Desire: Circus History and Representation (2000) is part of an ongoing interest in the history and representation of circus bodies, an interest that is picked up in her next book, the Routledge Guide to Angela Carter's Nights at the Circus (2007).
Her current research project involves examining the implications of flight and gravity (as well as anti-gravity) in twentieth-century literature and film.
She currently convenes two undergraduate courses:
• 1A: Introduction to Literary Study
• General Course 18: 1900 - present.