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Dr Charlotte Beyer

Senior Lecturer in English Studies

I am a contemporary literature specialist, with a background in gender and women's studies. My teaching and module tutor responsibilities include crime fiction, postcolonial writing, and contemporary American and British literature. Chevron icon

Biography

I am a contemporary literature specialist, with a background in gender and women’s studies. My teaching and module tutor responsibilities include crime fiction, postcolonial writing, and contemporary British and American literature. I am also an active researcher and have published widely, and I regularly present papers at conferences in Britain and abroad. My research informs my module design and teaching, and I am keen to introduce students to the most recent literary texts and discuss current issues in my teaching.

Qualifications

  • Cand.Mag.: English (Major) and Comparative Literature (Minor), University of Aarhus, Denmark, 1991
  • MA: Interdisciplinary Women’s Studies (with Distinction), University of Warwick, 1990
  • PhD: Women’s Studies, University of Warwick, 1995

Awards

Co-investigator on the PaCCS Interdisciplinary Innovation Award research project “Representation of transnational human trafficking in present-day news media, true crime, and fiction”.

Membership of professional bodies

British Association for American Studies, Contemporary Women’s Writing Association, British Association for Irish Studies, British Association for Contemporary Literary Studies, Crime Studies Network.

Teaching & Research

Teaching

Senior Fellow of the HEA Teaching: Crime fiction, postcolonial writing, and American and British literature. Research: Informs my module design and teaching.

Research

My research encompasses subjects such as crime fiction, motherhood and maternal perspectives, travel writing, migration, and human trafficking. I am Editor of the 2017 special issue on contemporary crime fiction for the journal American, British and Canadian Studies. I am Editor of Feminism and Motherhood in the 21st Century, a special double issue for the journal Feminist Encounters. I am currently completing a monograph on crime fiction for McFarland. I am editor/co-editor of the books Teaching Crime Fiction (Palgrave, 2018); Mothers Without Their Children (Demeter, 2019); and Travellin' Mama: Mothers, Mothering, and Travel (Demeter, 2019). I am the author of the monograph Murder in a Few Words: Gender, Genre and Location in the Crime Short Story (McFarland, forthcoming in 2020). I am currently writing my second monograph, also for McFarland, on contemporary representations of Victorian criminality. I am the author and editor of Teaching Crime Fiction (2018). This book forms part of Palgrave's well-respected Teaching the New English series on pedagogy. My book was shortlisted for the 2019 Teaching Literature Book Award. I am currently writing and editing another book for this series on decolonised teaching and learning.

Publications

More publications from Dr Charlotte Beyer can be found in the Research Repository.

External responsibilities

I am on the Steering Committee for the Crime Studies Network, on the Editorial Boards for the journals American, British and Canadian Studies; The New Americanist; and Feminist Encounters, and on the Advisory Panel for Interactions.

Subject for media interview

Crime fiction

Women's writing

Margaret Atwood

Motherhood studies.