Siân Harris

Dr Siân Harris

BA hons (N'cle), MA (N'cle), PhD (N'cle)

  • BS8 1TB

Personal profile

Research interests

Twentieth- and twenty-first century literature; Canadian literature; women's writing; representations of authorship; gender and genre; detective fiction; historical fiction; adaptations; popular culture.

I joined the Department of English in September 2017, and was promoted to Associate Professor in Literature and Learning in 2022. I previously held posts at the University of Exeter (Education & Scholarship Lecturer, 2011-2017) and Newcastle University (part-time tutor, 2005-2011). I completed my PhD at Newcastle University (2009).

My research interests span a diverse range of twentieth and twenty-first century literatures, but are invariably catalysed and underpinned by the intersections of gender and genre (especially detective fiction), and driven by questions of culture, authorship, and identity. My doctoral thesis charted the significance of the 20th Century Canadian Künstlerroman in the fiction of L.M. Montgomery, Margaret Laurence and Alice Munro, highlighting ways in which Canada’s literary identity was constructed by women writers. I have also published on the work of A.S. Byatt, Marina Warner, and Ian Rankin.

More recent projects include a journal article about regional identity and masculinity in popular culture, a chapter on my pedagogical approach to teaching detective fiction and film, and work in early progress that returns to L.M. Montgomery.


From 2017-2024 I served as the Director of Teaching in English, with responsibility for the successful organisation and delivery of undergraduate teaching across c.10 BA programmes, as well as planning future teaching and learning strategy. I led on the implementation and improvement of a new curriculum, and through the transition to blended and digital learning necessitated in 2020. 

From 2024-25, I am pleased to refocus on direct teaching delivery and supervision. My teaching practice is committed to building a sense of community, supporting students to engage with complex and ambitious ideas, and cultivating undergraduate research and writing skills.

My Bristol teaching portfolio includes: Approaches to Poetry; Reading Identities; Celebrity Culture: Icons, Industry and Aesthetics; Concise Crime; American Revolutions; Literature-Enslavement-Liberation; Critical Issues; The Gothic (MA); Introduction to Literary Research (MA).


Tel: +44 (0)117 42 82317

Email: [email protected]

Office: G.09, 3-5 Woodland Road

Twitter: @SianLHarris


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