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Professor Avril Horner

Emeritus Professor of English

About

Before joining Kingston University as Professor of English in 2002, I was Associate Dean Research and Director of the European Studies Research Institute at the University of Salford. I have been a member of the AHRC panel in English Language and Literature and Visiting Professor at the universities of Toulouse le Mireil (now Jean Jaures) (France) and Zaragoza (Spain). I was co-president of the International Gothic Association (2005-9) and am a member of the Advisory Board for the journal Gothic Studies and also a General Editor for the 'International Gothic' series, Manchester University Press. I was awarded a Leverhulme Trust Emeritus Fellowship for 2012-2014. I have given plenary lectures in the UK and abroad and have acted as External Examiner for UG, MA and Ph.d level work at several universities, including Cardiff, Leeds and Greenwich. As an Emeritus Professor, I no longer teach but I still research and publish.

Areas of specialism

  • Gothic Fiction
  • Women's Writing, 19th and 20th centuries
  • Special interest in the work of Daphne du Maurier, Edith Wharton, Iris Murdoch and Barbara Comyns

Qualifications

  • Ph.d., Manchester University
  • M.A., Salford University
  • P.G.C.E., Swansea University
  • B.A. Hons., Sussex University

Professional membership

Member of the International Gothic Association

Research

My research interests focus on women's writing and Gothic fiction. I have co-authored several books and many articles with Sue Zlosnik, including Daphne du Maurier: Writing, Identity and the Gothic Imagination (1998); Gothic and the Comic Turn (2005) and Women and the Gothic (2016). I have also written several articles with Janet Beer, with whom I co-authored the book Edith Wharton: Sex, Satire and the Older Woman (2011). My edited books include European Gothic: A Spirited Exchange (2004) and (with Anne Rowe), Living on Paper: Letters from Iris Murdoch, 1934-1995 which was published by Chatto & Windus in 2015 and by Princeton University Press and Viking Press (paperback) in 2016. I am currently writing a biography of the twentieth-century author Barbara Comyns.

Publications

Number of items: 78.

Article

Beer, Janet and Horner, Avril (2015) 'The great panorama': Edith Wharton as historical novelist. Modern Language Review (MLR), 110(1), pp. 69-84. ISSN (print) 0026-7937

Horner, Avril (2010) Women, power and conflict: The Gothic Heroine and "Chocolate Box" Gothic. Anglophonia: French Journal of English Studies, 27, pp. 319-330. ISSN (print) 1278-3331

Zlosnik, Sue and Horner, Avril (2009) 'Myself when Others: Daphne du Maurier and the Double Dialogue with "D"'. Women: A Cultural Review, 20(1), pp. 9-24. ISSN (print) 0957-4042

Beer, Janet and Horner, Avril (2007) Wharton the 'renovator': Twilight Sleep as Gothic satire. The Yearbook of English Studies, 37(1), pp. 177-192. ISSN (print) 0306-2473

Horner, Avril and Zlosnik, Sue (2004) Dead funny: gothic, gender and the comic turn. Anglophonia: French journal of English studies, 15, pp. 185-198. ISSN (print) 1278-3331

Horner, Avril and Zlosnik, Sue (2004) Skin chairs and other domestic horrors: Barbara Comyns and the female gothic tradition. Gothic Studies, 6(1), pp. 90-102. ISSN (print) 1362-7937

Beer, Janet and Horner, Avril (2003) "This isn't exactly a ghost story": Edith Wharton and parodic Gothic. Journal of American Studies, 37(2), pp. 269-285. ISSN (print) 0021-8758

Horner, Avril and Zlosnik, Sue (2002) Agriculture, body sculpture, gothic culture: gothic parody in Gibbons, Atwood and Weldon. Gothic Studies, 4(2), pp. 167-177. ISSN (print) 1362-7937

Horner, Avril and Zlosnik, Sue (2000) Dead funny: Eaton Stannard Barrett's The heroine as comic gothic. Cardiff Corvey: reading the romantic text, 5(2), ISSN (online) 1748-5988

Horner, Avril and Zlosnik, Sue (2000) 'Releasing spirit from matter': comic alchemy in Spark's The Ballad of Peckham Rye, Updike's The witches of Eastwick and Mantel's Fludd. Gothic studies, 2(1), pp. 136-147. ISSN (print) 1362-7937

Horner, A. and Zlosnik, S. (1996) 'Those curious, sloping letters': reading the writing of du Maurier's Rebecca. Barcelona English language and literature studies, 7, pp. 105-115. ISSN (online) 1697-1612

Horner, Avril and Zlosnik, Sue (1996) A "disembodied spirit": the letters and fiction of Daphne du Maurier. Prose Studies: History, Theory, Criticism, 19(2), pp. 186-199. ISSN (print) 0144-0357

Horner, Avril and Lindop, Grevel (1991) Geoffrey Hill, John Cowper Powys, and 'The laurel axe'. Notes and Queries, 38(3), pp. 347-348. ISSN (print) 0029-3970

Horner, Avril (1990) 'Linnaean Pentecosts': Geoffrey Hill's 'An apology for the revival of Christian architecture in England'. Literature and Theology, 4(1), pp. 84-103. ISSN (print) 0269-1205

Horner, Avril (1989) Geoffrey Hill, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and 'Christmas trees'. Notes and Queries, 36(2), pp. 209-210. ISSN (print) 0029-3970

Horner, Avril (1987) Hill's 'Asmodeus'. The Explicator, 46(1), pp. 50-53. ISSN (print) 0014-4940

Book

Horner, Avril and Rowe, Anne, eds. (2016) Living on paper : letters from Iris Murdoch 1934-1995. London, U.K. : Vintage. 688p. ISBN 9780099570158

Horner, Avril and Zlosnik, Sue, eds. (2016) Women and the Gothic : an Edinburgh companion. Edinburgh, U.K. : Edinburgh University Press. 248p. (Edinburgh Companions to the Gothic) ISBN 9780748699124

Horner, Avril and Rowe, Anne, eds. (2015) Living on paper : letters from Iris Murdoch 1934-1995. London, U.K. : Chatto & Windus. 688p. ISBN 9780701187057

Horner, Avril and Rowe, Anne, eds. (2015) Living on paper : letters from Iris Murdoch 1934-1995. Rev. ed. Princeton, NJ, U.S. : Princeton University Press. 688p. ISBN 9780691170565

Rowe, Anne and Horner, Avril, eds. (2012) Iris Murdoch: texts and contexts. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. 246p. ISBN 9780230348288

Horner, Avril and Beer, Janet (2011) Edith Wharton: Sex, Satire and the Older Woman. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. 216p. ISBN 9781403941268

Horner, Avril and Zlosnik, Sue, eds. (2011) The heroine or adventures of a fair romance reader by Eaton Stannard Barrett. 1813. Kansas City, U.S.A. : Valancourt Books. 338p. ISBN 9781934555910

Rowe, Anne and Horner, Avril, eds. (2010) Iris Murdoch and morality. Basingstoke, U.K. : Macmillan. 198p. ISBN 9780230224452

Horner, Avril and Zlosnik, Sue, eds. (2008) Le Gothic: influences and appropriations in Europe and America. Basingstoke, UK : Palgrave Macmillan. 264p. ISBN 9780230517646

Horner, Avril and Zlosnik, Sue (2005) Gothic and the comic turn. Basingstoke, UK : Palgrave Macmillan. 205p. ISBN 0333771516

Horner, Avril, ed. (2002) European Gothic: a spirited exchange 1760-1960. Manchester, UK : Manchester University Press. 260p. ISBN 0719060648

Horner, Avril and Keane, Angela, eds. (2000) Body matters: feminism, textuality, corporeality. Manchester, UK : Manchester University Press. 260p. ISBN 0719054680

Horner, Avril and Zlosnik, Sue (1998) Daphne du Maurier: writing, identity and the gothic imagination. Basingstoke, UK : Macmillan Press. 235p. ISBN 0333643348

Horner, Avril and Zlosnik, Sue (1990) Landscapes of desire: metaphors in modern women's fiction. Hemel Hempstead, U.K. : Harvester Wheatsheaf. 231p. ISBN 0710812280

Book Section

Horner, Avril and Zlosnik, Sue (2016) Introduction. In: Horner, Avril and Zlosnik, Sue, (eds.) Women and the Gothic : an Edinburgh companion. Edinburgh, U.K. : Edinburgh University Press. pp. 1-14. (Edinburgh Companions to the Gothic) ISBN 9780748699124

Horner, Avril and Zlosnik, Sue (2016) No country for old women : gender, age and the Gothic. In: Horner, Avril and Zlosnik, Sue, (eds.) Women and the Gothic : an Edinburgh companion. Edinburgh, U.K. : Edinburgh University Press. pp. 184-198. (Edinburgh Companions to the Gothic) ISBN 9780748699124

Beer, Janet and Horner, Avril (2016) Southern hauntings : Kate Chopin's Gothic. In: Castillo Street, Susan and Crow, Charles L., (eds.) The Palgrave handbook of the Southern Gothic. London, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 95-107. ISBN 9781137477736

Horner, Avril (2014) Apocalypses now: collective trauma, globalisation and the new Gothic sublime. In: Nadal, Marita and Calvo, Monica, (eds.) Trauma in contemporary literature: narrative and representation. London, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 35-50. (Routledge interdisciplinary perspectives on literature, no. 26) ISBN 9780415715874

Horner, Avril and Zlosnik, Sue (2014) Gothic configurations of gender. In: Hogle, Jerrold E., (ed.) The Cambridge companion to the modern Gothic. Cambridge, U.K. : Cambridge University Press. pp. 55-70. (Cambridge companions to literature) ISBN 9781107023567

Horner, Avril and Zlosnik, Sue (2014) The apocalyptic sublime: then and now. In: Germana, Monica and Mousoutzanis, Aris, (eds.) Apocalyptic discourse in contemporary culture: post-millennial perspectives on the end of the world. London, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 57-70. (Routledge interdisciplinary perspectives on literature, no. 30) ISBN 9780415712583

Horner, Avril (2013) 'The Dark Knight': fear, the law and liquid modernity. In: Byron, Glennis, (ed.) Globalgothic. Manchester, U.K. : Manchester University Press. pp. 175-187. (International Gothic) ISBN 9780719087950

Horner, Avril and Zlosnik, Sue (2012) Comic Gothic. In: Punter, David, (ed.) A new companion to the Gothic. Chichester, U.K. : Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 321-324. ISBN 9781405198066

Rowe, Anne and Horner, Avril (2012) Introduction. In: Rowe, Anne and Horner, Avril, (eds.) Iris Murdoch: texts and contexts. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 1-9. ISBN 9780230348288

Horner, Avril (2012) Victorian Gothic and national identity: cross-Channel "mysteries". In: Smith, Andrew and Hughes, William, (eds.) The Victorian Gothic: an Edinburgh companion. Edinburgh, U.K. : Edinburgh University Press. pp. 108-123. ISBN 9780748642496

Horner, Avril (2012) The 'wondrous necessary man': Canetti, 'The unicorn' and 'The changeling'. In: Rowe, Anne and Horner, Avril, (eds.) Iris Murdoch: texts and contexts. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 163-176. ISBN 9780230348288

Rowe, Anne and Horner, Avril (2010) Introduction: Art, morals and 'The discovery of reality'. In: Rowe, Anne and Horner, Avril, (eds.) Iris Murdoch and morality. Basingstoke, U.K. : Macmillan. pp. 1-14. ISBN 9780230224452

Horner, Avril (2010) 'Refinements of evil': Iris Murdoch and the gothic. In: Rowe, Anne and Horner, Avril, (eds.) Iris Murdoch and morality. Basingstoke, U.K. : Macmillan. pp. 70-84. ISBN 9780230224452

Horner, Avril and Zlosnik, Sue (2009) Comic gothic. In: Mulvey-Roberts, Marie, (ed.) The handbook of the gothic. 2nd ed. Basingstoke, U.K. : Macmillan. pp. 109-109. ISBN 9780230008533

Horner, Avril and Zlosnik, Sue (2009) Daphne du Maurier. In: Mulvey-Roberts, Marie, (ed.) The handbook of the gothic. Basingstoke, U.K. : Macmillan. pp. 26-27. ISBN 9780230008533

Horner, Avril and Beer, Janet (2009) Edith Wharton and modernism: The mother's recompense. In: Morley, Catherine and Goody, Alex, (eds.) American modernism: cultural transactions. Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K. : Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp. 69-92. ISBN 9781443813570

Horner, Avril and Zlosnik, Sue (2009) Keeping it in the family: incest and the female gothic plot in du Maurier and Murdoch. In: Wallace, Diana and Smith, Andrew, (eds.) The Female Gothic: New Directions. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 115-132. ISBN 9780230222717

Horner, Avril and Zlosnik, Sue (2008) Introduction. In: Horner, Avril and Zlosnik, Sue, (eds.) Le Gothic: influences and appropriations in Europe and America. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 1-11. ISBN 9780230517646

Horner, Avril (2008) Kate Chopin, choice and modernism. In: Beer, Janet, (ed.) The Cambridge companion to Kate Chopin. Cambridge, U.K. : Cambridge University Press. pp. 132-146. ISBN 9780521883443

Horner, Avril and Zlosnik, Sue (2007) Glimpses of the dark side. In: Taylor, Helen, (ed.) The Daphne du Maurier companion. London, U.K. : Virago. pp. 242-248. ISBN 9781844082353

Horner, Avril and Zlosnik, Sue (2006) Barbara Comyns. In: Hammill, Faye , Sponenberg, Ashlie and Miskimmin, Esme, (eds.) Encyclopedia of British Women's Writing, 1900-1950. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9781403916921

Horner, Avril and Zlosnik, Sue (2006) Daphne du Maurier. In: Hammill, Faye , Sponenberg, Ashlie and Miskimmin, Esme, (eds.) Encyclopedia of British Women's Writing, 1900-1950. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9781403916921

Horner, Avril and Zlosnik, Sue (2006) Female gothic. In: Powell, Anna and Smith, Andrew, (eds.) Teaching the gothic. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 107-120. ISBN 1403949301

Horner, Avril (2003) 'Small female skull': patriarchy and philosophy in the poetry of Carol Ann Duffy. In: Michelis, Angelica and Rowland, Antony, (eds.) The poetry of Carol Ann Duffy: 'Choosing tough words'. Manchester, U.K. : Manchester University Press. pp. 99-120. ISBN 0719063019

Horner, Avril (2002) Introduction. In: Horner, Avril, (ed.) European Gothic : a spirited exchange. Manchester, UK : Manchester University Press. pp. 1-16. ISBN 0719060648

Horner, Avril and Zlosnik, Sue (2002) 'Moving pictures': family portraits, gothic anxieties and Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca. In: Smith, Andrew , Mason, Diane and Hughes, William, (eds.) Fictions of unease: the gothic from Otranto to The X-files. Bath, U.K. : Sulis Press. pp. 170-182. ISBN 095268568X

Horner, Avril and Zlosnik, Sue (2002) Unreal cities and undead legacies: T.S.Eliot and gothic hauntings in Waugh's A handful of dust and Barnes's Nightwood. In: Beer, Janet and Bennet, Bridget, (eds.) Special relationships: Anglo-American affinities and antagonisms 1854-1936. Manchester, U.K. : Manchester University Press. pp. 224-241. ISBN 071905818X

Horner, Avril (2002) A detour of filthiness: French fiction and Djuna Barnes's Nightwood. In: Horner, Avril, (ed.) European Gothic. Manchester, UK : Manchester University Press. pp. 230-251. ISBN 0719060648

Horner, Avril and Zlosnik, Sue (2001) Dame Daphne Du Maurier. In: Clark, Robert, (ed.) The Literary Encyclopedia. Norwich, U.K. : The Literary Dictionary Company Limited. ISSN (online) 1747-678X

Horner, Avril and Zlosnik, Sue (2001) Strolling in the dark: gothic flanerie in Djuna Barnes's Nightwood. In: Smith, Andrew and Wallace, Jeff, (eds.) Gothic modernisms. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave. pp. 78-94. ISBN 0333918738

Horner, Avril and Zlosnik, Sue (2000) Comic gothic. In: Punter, David, (ed.) A companion to the gothic. Oxford, U.K. : Blackwell. pp. 242-254. (Blackwell companions to literature and culture, no. 4) ISBN 0631206205

Horner, Avril and Zlosnik, Sue (2000) Daphne du Maurier and Gothic signatures: Rebecca as vamp(ire). In: Horner, Avril and Keane, Angela, (eds.) Body matters: feminism, textuality, corporeality. Manchester, UK : Manchester University Press. pp. 209-222. ISBN 0719054680

Horner, Avril and Zlosnik, Sue (2000) Daphne du Maurier: the French connection. In: Todd, Richard and Flora, Luisa, (eds.) Theme parks, rainforests and sprouting wastelands: European essays on theory and performance in contemporary British fiction. Amsterdam, The Netherlands : Rodopi. pp. 173-184. ISBN 9042005025

Horner, Avril and Zlosnik, Sue (1999) Deaths in Venice: Daphne du Maurier's 'Don't look now'. In: Glennis, Byron and Punter, David, (eds.) Spectral readings: towards a gothic geography. Basingstoke, U.K. : Macmillan. pp. 219-232. ISBN 9780333699096

Horner, Avril and Zlosnik, Sue (1998) 'Extremely valuable property': the marketing of Rebecca. In: Simons, Judy and Fullbrook, Kate, (eds.) Writing: a woman's business: women, writing and the marketplace. Manchester, U.K. : Manchester University Press. pp. 48-65. ISBN 0719052807

Horner, Avril (1998) Heroine. In: Mulvey-Roberts, Marie, (ed.) The handbook to gothic literature. Basingstoke, U.K. : Macmillan. pp. 115-119. ISBN 0333670698

Horner, Avril (1998) Transgression. In: Mulvey-Roberts, Marie, (ed.) The handbook to gothic literature. Basingstoke, U.K. : Macmillan. pp. 286-287. ISBN 0333670698

Horner, Avril (1998) Unheimlich (the uncanny). In: Mulvey-Roberts, Marie, (ed.) The handbook to gothic literature. Basingstoke, U.K. : Macmillan. pp. 287-288. ISBN 0333670698

Horner, Avril (1995) "The poet's true commitment": Geoffrey Hill, the computer, and original sin. In: Salyer, Gregory and Detweiler, Robert, (eds.) Literature and theology at century's end. Atlanta, U.S. : Scholars Press. pp. 159-176. ISBN 0788500708

Horner, Avril (1994) Cernunnos arisen: the Celtic element in Geoffrey Hill's Mercian hymns. In: Thomas, Neil, (ed.) Celtic and Germanic themes in European literature. Lewiston, U.S. : Edwin Mellen Press. pp. 47-59. ISBN 0773494200

Horner, Avril (1991) Virginia Woolf, history, and the metaphors of Orlando. In: Easson, Angus, (ed.) History and the novel. Cambridge, U.K. : D.S. Brewer. pp. 70-87. (Essays & Studies, no. 1991) ISBN 0859913228

Conference or Workshop Item

Horner, Avril (2013) Walpole, the Gothic, and surrealism. In: Gothic : culture, subculture, counterculture; 08-09 Mar 2013, Twickenham, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Horner, Avril and Beer, Janet (2012) Edith Wharton : sex, satire and the older woman. In: Oxford Literary Festival; 24 Mar - 01 Apr 2012, Oxford, U.K..

Horner, Avril (2011) Apocalypses now : collective trauma and global gothic. In: Beyond Trauma: Narratives of (impossibility); 31 Mar - 02 Apr 2011, Zaragoza, Spain.

Horner, Avril [Speaker] and Zlosnik, Sue [Speaker] (2010) Global gothic. In: Kingston Reader's Festival; 08 May 2010, Kingston upon Thames, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Horner, Avril [Speaker] and Zlosnik, Sue [Speaker] (2009) The Gothic heroine revived. In: Kingston Reader's Festival; 23 Apr - 22 May 2009, Kingston upon Thames, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Horner, Avril (2009) The gothic heroine : the reins of power and the conflicted self. In: Women, conflict and power; 15-17 Oct 2009, Toulouse, France.

Horner, Avril (2007) Daphne du Maurier and the double dialogue with D. In: The spirit of the age: debating the past, present and future of life writing; 04-06 Jul 2007, Kingston Upon Thames, U.K..

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