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School of Arts and Media

Dr Janice Allan

Associate Dean Academic (Assurance)


I completed my BA and MA in Comparative Literature at the University of Alberta in Canada. Having obtained a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship, I completed my PhD in English at McMaster University in 1996. My first full-time post was at the University of Huddersfield (1998-2003) and I have been at the University of Salford since February 2003. In addition to being a Senior Lecturer within the Directorate of English, I am also Associate Head of School (Academic).


I currently convene two modules: Women, Crime and Medicine in the Nineteenth Century (level 6) and Victorian Literature (level 5).

Research Interests

My research interests lie in the area of nineteenth-century popular literature and culture – especially sensation and detective fiction – as well as constructions of gender and deviance. I am particularly interested in how literary and non-literary representations of normative and deviant femininities are shaped by contemporary medical and legal discourses.

Qualifications and Memberships

BA (Hons) Comparative Literature

MA in Comparative Literature

PhD in English

Member of the British Association of Victorian Studies and Victorian Popular Fiction Association. I am also an associate member of the Crime Writers Association.

Executive Editor of Clues: a Journal of Detection and member of the Advisory Board for the Wilkie Collins Journal.


Selected Publications:

“The Contemporary Response.” The Cambridge Companion to the Sensation Novel. Ed. Andrew Mangham. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, forthcoming 2013.

“A ‘base and spurious thing’: reading and deceptive femininity in Ellen Wood’s Parkwater (1857).” Critical Survey 22.1 (2011): 8-24.

“Mrs. Robinson’s ‘day-book of iniquity’: reading bodies of/and evidence in the context of the 1858 Medical Reform Act.” The Female Body in Medicine and Literature. Eds. Andrew Mangham and Greta Depledge. Liverpool: Liverpool UP, 2011. 169-81.

“Dora Russell.” A Companion to Sensation Fiction. Ed. Pamela K. Gilbert. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2011. 361-73.

“‘Conversing with Monstrosities’: evolutionary theory and contemporary responses to the novels of Wilkie Collins.” Conflict and Difference in Nineteenth-Century Literature. London: Palgrave, 2010. 141-56.

“Victorian Fiction and the Canon: Mapping Writers and their Works.” Teaching Victorian Fiction. London: Palgrave, 2010. 17-29.