Prof William HUGHES

Prof William HUGHES

Full Professor


williamhughes@um.edu.mo
88224527
E21-4068a
EDIT

Consultation Hours
Tuesday 0900-1000
Friday 0900-1000

Or by appointment via williamhughes@um.edu.mo

Education

PhD, Discourse and Culture in the Fiction of Bram Stoker (1989-1993)
University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.

MA in Modern Literature (1986-1987)
University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (1985-1986)
Christ Church College, Canterbury, UK.

BA in English Studies (1982-1985)
University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.

Research Interests

The fiction, journalism, letters and associates of Bram Stoker (1847-1912).

The acting career and influence of Sir Henry Irving (1838-1905).

British, Irish and American Gothic fiction, especially in a medical context.

Conventional medicine and the pseudosciences in Victorian and Edwardian context.

Contemporary Gothic, especially the ecoGothic implications of vampires and zombies

Courses Regularly Taught

As a new member of the Faculty, I am at present teaching ENGL3022 Victorian Literature. I am looking forward to developing further classes at both undergraduate and postgraduate level in the near future.

I have supervised seven PhDs to successful completion, and am an experienced internal and external examiner. Please contact me via williamhughes@um.edu.mo if you would like to discuss a possible research topic.

Introduction

William Hughes is Professor of Literature in English, and a specialist in both literary studies and medical history. His research interests broadly cover British and American fiction from the Victorian period to the near contemporary, and have a specific focus upon Gothic and supernatural fictions – particularly the works of the Irish author Bram Stoker, author of Dracula. He has also published widely in the field of medical history, where his research interests include Victorian psychology, surgery and physiological medicine as well as the pseudosciences of mesmerism and phrenology.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and the Higher Education Academy, and a Past President of the International Gothic Association.

Professional Affiliations

Fellow of the Royal Historical Society

Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

The International Gothic Association

Secretary, 1991-1995

President, 2009-2013

Editor, Gothic Studies, 1995-2019

Member of the editorial boards of:

Gothic Studies

Gothic Nature Journal

Journal of Literature and Science

Dissections: The Journal of Contemporary Horror

 

Commissioning Editor for the Edinburgh Companions to the Gothic series; member of the editorial boards for the International Gothic Series and the Palgrave Gothic series.

Member of the judging panel for the 2015 and 2017 Allan Lloyd Smith Prize.

Selected Publications

In Preparation

The Dome of Thought: Phrenology and the Nineteenth-Century Popular Imagination (Manchester University Press, 2020).

The Literary Vampire: An Edinburgh Companion, edited by William Hughes and John Edgar Browning (Edinburgh University Press, 2020).

 

Published

Suicide and the Gothic, edited by William Hughes and Andrew Smith (Manchester University Press, 2019).

Gothic Britain: Dark Places in the Provinces and Margins of the British Isles edited by William Hughes and Ruth Heholt (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2018.

Key Concepts in the Gothic (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2018).

That Devil’s Trick: Hypnotism and the Victorian Popular Imagination (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2015)

EcoGothic, edited by Andrew Smith and William Hughes (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2013)

The Historical Dictionary of Gothic Literature (Lanham MD: Scarecrow Press, 2013).

The Encyclopedia of the Gothic, edited by William Hughes, Andrew Smith and David Punter (Chichester: Wiley Blackwell, 2013), 2 vols.

The Victorian Gothic: An Edinburgh Companion, edited by William Hughes and Andrew Smith (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2012).

Queering the Gothic, edited by William Hughes and Andrew Smith (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2009).

Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Readers’ Guides Series (London: Continuum, 2009)

Bram Stoker: Dracula, Readers’ Guides to Essential Criticism Series (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2008).

Bram Stoker, Dracula, with an Introduction by William Hughes and Notes by Diane Mason (Bath: Artswork Books, 2007).

Bram Stoker: A Bibliography, compiled by Richard Dalby and William Hughes (Westcliff-on-Sea: Desert Island Books, 2004).

Empire and the Gothic: Studies in the Ideology of Genre, edited by Andrew Smith and William Hughes (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2003).

Fictions of Unease: The Gothic from Otranto to The X–Files, edited by Andrew Smith, Diane Mason and William Hughes, eds, (Bath: Sulis Press, 2002).

Bram Stoker, The  Lady of the Shroud, annotated and edited by William Hughes (Westcliff-on-Sea: Desert Island Books, 2001).

Beyond Dracula: Bram Stoker’s Fiction and Its Cultural Context (Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2000).

Bram Stoker: History, Psychoanalysis and the Gothic, edited by William Hughes and Andrew Smith (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1998).

Bram Stoker. A Bibliography (Brisbane: Victorian Fiction Research Group, 1997).

Contemporary Writing and National Identity, edited by Tracey Hill and William Hughes (Bath: Sulis Press, 1995).