Joanna is an alumna of the Open University, graduating with a BA in English Literature with First Class Honours. She obtained distinctions for her final-year modules, writing on ‘Nationhood and Narratives of Ageing Men in Shakespeare’s Cymbeline, and The Sonnets’ and ‘The Consequence of “Nearness” in Marriage in Brontë’s Jane Eyre and Chopin’s The Awakening’.
Pursuing her interest in nineteenth-century literature and culture, Joanna obtained an interdisciplinary MA in Victorian Studies from the University of Leicester. Her Masters dissertation was concerned with ‘Representations of Children in the Selected Works of Marie Corelli’; a project that inspired her PhD studies.
Joanna is in receipt of a Doctoral College Fee Studentship from Loughborough University. Since commencing her studies in 2018, she has shared her research at conferences both within and outside Loughborough University and is a member of Loughborough’s research group ‘Cultural Currents 1870-1930’. Joanna has taught on the first-year undergraduate module ‘Theory Matters: Critiquing Inequalities’ and has delivered a recurring guest-lecture and workshop for the third-year module ‘Radicals and Reactionaries: Writing Women in the 1890s’ on her specialism of Marie Corelli.
Joanna is an editorial assistant for Victoriographies: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century Writing, 1790–1914.
Joanna’s research project is concerned with how fin-de-siècle popular fiction interprets earlier nineteenth-century literary traditions. Her focus is fatherhood within the life and work of Marie Corelli (1855-1924). Joanna is exploring the influence of Dickens on Corelli, with her methodology intertwining psychoanalytic and nostalgia theories.
- British Association of Victorian Studies (BAVS)
- The Dickens Fellowship
- The Dickens Society
- Victorian Popular Fiction Association (VPFA)
- ‘A Romance of Two Worlds (Corelli, Marie)’, in The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Victorian Women's Writing ed. by Lesa Scholl(Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021). Available here.
- ‘The Sorrows of Satan (Corelli, Marie)’, in The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Victorian Women's Writing ed. by Lesa Scholl. (Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021) Available here.
- ‘Marie Corelli in Stratford-Upon-Avon: A Research Roadtrip’, in The Victorianist: BAVS Postgraduates (January 2019). Available here.
- ““Let me behold what I shall be, in days to come!”: The Afterlife of Ebenezer Scrooge in Marie Corelli’s The Strange Visitation’ given at The Impact of Dickens: An International Online Conference. (University of Buckingham, September 2020). Programme available here.
- ‘Queens of Their Realms: The Monarch and the Bestseller’ given at the London Nineteenth-Century Studies Seminar Graduate Conference. (Queen Mary University, January 2020). Programme available here.
- ‘Queens of Their Realms: The Monarch and the Bestseller’ given at Queen Victoria & George Eliot: Lives and Afterlives 1819-2019. (Loughborough University, May 2019). Programme available here.
- ‘“If the courses be departed from, the ends will change”: Marie Corelli and an Edwardian Refashioning of A Christmas Carol’. (Online: The 26th Annual Dickens Society Symposium, July 12-14, 2021 – rescheduled from London: July 2020). Original Programme available here.