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Dr Siân Harris

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

  • BS8 1TB


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Personal profile

Research interests

Research interests

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

I joined the Department of English in September 2017, after six years as an Education & Scholarship Lecturer at the University of Exeter. I received my PhD from Newcastle University, where I taught part-time from 2005-2011.

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 J.K. Rowling, A.S. Byatt, Marina Warner, and Ian Rankin. More recent projects include a journal article about regional identity and masculinity in popular culture, and a chapter on my pedagogical approach to teaching detective fiction and film.


In my role as Director of Teaching and Digital Learning, I oversee the day-to-day running and delivery of the English undergraduate curriculum, as well as planning future teaching and learning strategy. I am committed to promoting a sense of intellectual community, cultivating undergraduate research and writing skills, and creating opportunities to engage with technology enhanced learning.

I currently teach on the following units:


Readings in Gender and Sexuality (Y1)

Concise Crime (Y2)

Celebrity Cultures (Y3)


Dissertation Writing Clinics (Y3)



Tel: +44 (0)117 42 82317


Office: G.09, 3-5 Woodland Road

Office Hours: 2019-20 TB1, Mon 1-3pm and Tues 3-4pm. Book online

Twitter: @SianLHarris



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Research Output

  • 4 Chapter in a book
  • 1 Article (Academic Journal)

Sharper, Better, Faster, Stronger: Performing Northern Masculinity and the Legacy of Sean Bean's Sharpe

Harris, S., 1 Oct 2016, In : Journal of Popular Television. 4, 2, p. 239-251

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • 264 Downloads (Pure)

    'Mad, bad, and dangerous to know': The Male Poet in Sylvia and The Edge of Love

    Harris, S., 1 Jun 2013, The Writer on Film: Screening Literary Authorship. Buchanan, J. (ed.). Palgrave Macmillan, p. 64-76

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book

    Glorious Food? The Literary and Culinary Heritage of the Harry Potter Series

    Harris, S., 1 Nov 2012, J.K. Rowling (New Casebook). Hallett, C. J. & Huey, P. J. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan, p. 8-21

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book