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Research interests

Dr Victoria Margree is a specialist in literary fiction and feminist theory.

Her monograph British Women's Short Supernatural Fiction, 1860-1930: Our Own Ghostliness (Palgrave, 2019) explores how the ghost story functioned as a public forum for negotiating women's changing experiences across the period of first wave feminism. It looks at stories by Margaret Oliphant, Charlotte Riddell, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Edith Nesbit, Alice Perrin, Eleanor Scott and Violet Hunt.

She has also published a book on the second wave feminist theorist, Shulamith Firestone (Zero Books, 2018); and co-edited an essay collection on fin de siècle popular fiction author, Richard Marsh (MUP, 2018). She is co-founder of the Short Story Network, a network for researchers of the short story of the long 19th century.

Her current projects include work on neo-Victorianism and on reproductive politics.

Supervisory Interests

She is particularly interested in supervising research projects in the areas of feminist philosophy, reproductive politics, Victorian and Edwardian fiction, Gothic and supernatural fiction, utopianism and Afrofuturism, and women's writing and the short story.

Scholarly biography

Dr Margree completed a BA Honours degree in Philosophy and Literature at the University of Sussex in 1995, and went on to take a Master’s Degree in English Literature: Critical Theory at Sussex in 1996. In 1998 she obtained AHRB funding to complete a DPhil in English Literature at Sussex, exploring constructions of ‘madness’ and ‘abnormality’ in the theoretical work of French philosophers Gaston Bachelard and Georges Canguilhem, and in literary fictions by Maurice Blanchot and Bessie Head.

Following the completion of her DPhil in 2002, Margree worked as a Visiting Lecturer for a number of institutions before taking up her full-time post at the University of Brighton in September 2006.

Approach to teaching

Teaching and research as complementary activities underline Dr Margree's approach. Her recent book on Shulamith Firestone was informed by ten years' experience of discussing this thinker with undergraduate students on a course on feminism on the Humanities programme. She also hugely enjoys discussing Victorian Gothic fiction with BA students. She believes in teaching in small group seminars that enable students to articulate their own positions and to learn from one another as well as from academics.

External positions

External examiner, University of Hull

1 Oct 2018 → …


  • PR English literature
  • Popular fiction
  • Victorian literature
  • Edwardian literature
  • Women's writing
  • Ghost stories
  • Gothic fiction
  • Crime fiction
  • B Philosophy (General)
  • Feminism
  • Feminist philosophy
  • critical theory


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