Dr Elizabeth Parker

Dr Elizabeth Parker

Department of English Literature
Teaching Fellow in Contemporary and Popular Literature

Contact details

Address
Arts Building
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

I teach across contemporary and popular literature and popular culture. My main area of research is the ecoGothic and my particular interest is in the forest as an archetypal Gothic space in the Western cultural imagination.

Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in English Literature, Trinity College Dublin (2011-2015)
  • M.Phil. in Popular Literature, Trinity College Dublin (2010-2011)
  • B.A. (Hons.) in English Studies, Royal Holloway University of London (2006-2009)

Biography

I was awarded my degree in English Literature from Royal Holloway University of London in 2009. I then attained an MPhil in Popular Literature followed by a PhD in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin (2011; 2015). As a TA, I taught on contemporary popular literature, Shakespeare, and beast fables at Trinity College Dublin and then as an Associate Lecturer on mutants, monsters, and fantasy literature at the University of Derby, before joining the University of Birmingham in 2017. 

Teaching

Semester 1

Uses of Genre

Gender and Sexuality

Semester 2

Uses of Genre

Gender and Sexuality

How Popular Culture Does Things in the World

Postgraduate supervision

I would be very happy to hear from prospective postgraduate students interested in popular fiction, ecocriticism, Gothic and horror studies, eco-horror, or the ecoGothic. 

Research

I am currently working on the conversion of my PhD thesis into a monograph entitled The Gothic Forest: Deep Dark Woods in the Western Imagination. This study explores the prevalent use of the Gothic Forest as an archetypal symbol in Western culture. It examines the significance of this landscape in a multitude of texts, from our classical fairy tales to modern day horror fictions. The study is an interrogation, too, into the newly emerging field of the ecoGothic, which draws on theories of ecocriticism to examine the natural world in Gothic fiction. I also have key interests in Popular Fiction and Popular Culture.

I am co-organising the upcoming international and interdisciplinary conference Gothic Nature: New Directions in Eco-horror and the EcoGothic (Trinity College Dublin, November 17-18, 2017) and am in the provisional stages of establishing a journal of the same name, with support from Trinity Trust and the FAHSS. 

Other activities

In addition to my work on the conference and journal for Gothic Nature: New Directions in Eco-horror and the EcoGothic, I am the TV Editor of The Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies, have served as an Academic Editor for the Layman and Poupard Contemporary Literary Criticism Series, and as a visiting blogger for The International Gothic Association

Publications

Books:

In preparation:

  • The Gothic Forest: Deep Dark Woods in the Western Imagination.  

Edited collections:

  • Landscapes of Liminality: Between Space and Place, ed. Dara Downey, Ian Kinane, Elizabeth Parker (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016).

Book chapters/Journal articles:

  • ‘“The Bog is in Me”: Transecology and the Danish Girl’,  Transecology: Transgender Perspectives on the Environment, ed. Douglas Vakoch (Lexington Books, forthcoming 2017).
  • ‘Dark Gods’, Horror Through History: An Encyclopaedia of the Stories That Speak to Our Deepest Fears, ed. Matt Cardin (ABC-CLIO, forthcoming 2017).
  • ‘Eco-horror’, Horror Through History: An Encyclopaedia of the Stories That Speak to Our Deepest Fears, ed. Matt Cardin (ABC-CLIO, forthcoming 2017).
  • ‘T. E. D. Klein’, Horror Through History: An Encyclopaedia of the Stories That Speak to Our Deepest Fears, ed. Matt Cardin (ABC-CLIO, forthcoming 2017).
  • ‘The Ceremonies’, Horror Through History: An Encyclopaedia of the Stories That Speak to Our Deepest Fears, ed. Matt Cardin (ABC-CLIO, forthcoming 2017).
  • ‘“Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Woods?”: Deep Dark Forests and Literary Horror’, The Palgrave Companion to Literature and Horror, ed. Kevin Corstorphine (Palgrave, forthcoming 2017).
  • ‘Locating Liminality: Space, Place, and the In-Between’ , Landscapes of Liminality: Between Space and Place, eds. Elizabeth Parker, Ian Kinane, Dara Downey (Rowman & Littlefield,  2016).
  • ‘“Just a Piece of Wood”: Jan Švankmajer’s Otesánek and the EcoGothic’, Plant Horror! The Monstrous Vegetal, eds. Dawn Keetley and Angela Tenga (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).
  • Jug Face (2013): An interview with writer/director Chad Crawford Kinkle and producer Andrew van den Houten’, The Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies, Vol. 13 (Summer 2014), eds. Dara Downey and Jenny McDonnell, pp.155-157.

 Reviews:

  • ‘Review: Gothic Tourism (2015), Emma McEvoy’, The Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies, Vol. 15, eds. Dara Downey and Niall Gillespie, pp. 128-131.  
  • ‘Review: Evil Dead (2013)’, The Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies, Vol. 13 (Summer 2014), eds. Dara Downey and Jenny McDonnell, pp.129-132.
  • ‘Review: Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)’, The Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies, Vol. 12 (Summer 2013), eds. Dara Downey and Jenny McDonnell, pp. 155-157.
  • ‘Review: Antichrist (dir: Lars von Trier, 2009)’, IGA (International Gothic Association) website, 2013.