Dr. Janice Allan

Salford Business School

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Contact Details

Maxwell Building

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Current positions



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).

Areas of research

Crime, Sensation Fiction, Victorian, Gender


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
  • Associate member of the Crime Writers Association
  • Executive Editor of Clues: a Journal of Detection
  • Member of the Advisory Board for the Wilkie Collins Journal