Dr Alexandra Lewis

Dr Alexandra Lewis

Lecturer

School of Humanities and Social Science

Career Summary

Biography

Alexandra Lewis joined the University of Newcastle in 2019. She arrived from Aberdeen, Scotland, where she was Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing, Director of the Centre for the Novel, and Undergraduate Programme Coordinator of Creative Writing. Alexandra has also taught, supervised, and held research fellowships at the Universities of Cambridge, Goldsmiths College London, School of Advanced Study London, and Warwick.

During her PhD in English Literature at the University of Cambridge, Alexandra held a Cambridge Commonwealth Trust award and Trinity College research scholarship. She was University Medallist at the University of Sydney, where she completed her BA(Hons).

Alexandra has published widely on literature and psychology/medicine; nineteenth-century fiction; and contemporary literature. Recent publications include the Norton Critical Edition of Wuthering Heights (2019) and an edited collection on The Brontës and the Idea of the Human: Science, Ethics, and the Victorian Imagination (Cambridge University Press, 2019). Current projects include a monograph on nineteenth-century trauma, and a short story collection and novel.

Alexandra has been an invited panellist on BBC Radio 4's 'In Our Time', ran Aberdeen's headline event for the first UK Being Human Festival of the Humanities (‘Will Self in Conversation with Alexandra Lewis’), and has given talks and workshops at a range of events including Brontë bicentenary lectures in Cairo and Athens and a recent Writing and Wellness Retreat at Haworth. She was co-investigator, alongside Professor Hazel Hutchison, on a Royal Society of Edinburgh cross-institutional multi-disciplinary research grant, ‘Women, Science, Narrative’, and has supervised funded PhDs as part of the Aberdeen-Curtin Alliance, an external international partnership.

She serves on the Advisory Board for the Central Online Victorian Educator (COVE) and on the Executive Committees of the British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS) and the Australasian Victorian Studies Association (AVSA).

Alexandra's poetry and fiction appear in Causeway/Cabhsair; The Interpreter's House; Waymaking: An Anthology of Women’s Adventure Writing, Poetry and Art; Victorians: A Journal of Culture and Literature; Axon: Creative Explorations and Southerly. 


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge - UK
  • Bachelor of Arts Honours Class I, University of Sydney

Keywords

  • • Australian literature
  • • Creative writing
  • • Fiction
  • • Fin-de-siècle literature
  • • History of medicine, psychology, & the emotions
  • • Life writing
  • • Literature and science 1800 to present
  • • Memory studies
  • • Neo-Victorian fiction
  • • Short fiction
  • • The Brontës and George Eliot
  • • Trauma narratives, C19th to the present
  • • Travel writing
  • • Twentieth-century women’s writing
  • • Victorian literature and culture

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
200599 Literary Studies not elsewhere classified 50
190402 Creative Writing (incl. Playwriting) 50

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Brontë E, Wuthering Heights: Fifth Norton Critical Edition, W. W. Norton, New York and London, 448 (2019)
2019 The Brontës and the Idea of the Human: Science, Ethics, and the Victorian Imagination, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge UK (2019)
DOI 10.1017/9781316651063

Chapter (9 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Lewis A, 'Being Human: De-Gendering Mental Anxiety; or Hysteria, Hypochondriasis and Traumatic Memory in Charlotte Brontë s Villette', The Brontës and the Idea of the Human: Science, Ethics, and the Victorian Imagination, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK 84-106 (2019) [B1]
DOI 10.1017/9781316651063
2019 Lewis A, 'Human Subjects: Reimagining the Brontës for Twenty-First-Century Scholarship', The Brontës and the Idea of the Human: Science, Ethics, and the Victorian Imagination, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK 1-26 (2019) [B1]
DOI 10.1017/9781316651063
2017 Lewis A, 'The Ethics of Appropriation; Or, the mere spectre of Jane Eyre: Emma Tennant s Thornfield Hall, Jasper Fforde s The Eyre Affair and Gail Jones s Sixty Lights', Charlotte Brontë: Legacies and Afterlives, Manchester University Press, Manchester, UK (2017)
2015 Lewis A, 'Stagnation of air and mind: Picturing trauma and miasma in Charlotte Brontë'S Villette', Picturing Women's Health 59-76 (2015)
DOI 10.4324/9781315654508
2015 Lewis A, 'Psychology and Psychiatry', Blackwell Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature, Wiley-Blackwell (2015)
2015 Lewis A, ' Supposed to be very calm generally : Anger, Narrative and Unaccountable Sounds in Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre', Feminist Moments, Bloomsbury, London 67-74 (2015)
2012 Lewis A, 'Current Trends in Brontë Criticism and Scholarship', The Brontës in Context, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK 198-206 (2012)
2010 Lewis A, 'Memory Possessed: Trauma and Pathologies of Remembrance in Emily Brontë s Wuthering Heights', Acts of Memory: The Victorians and Beyond, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK 35-53 (2010)
2010 Lewis A, 'Telling the Story / Breaking the Boundaries: Metafiction and the Enhancement of Children s Literary Development in The Bravest Ever Bear and The Story of the Falling Star', Telling Children s Stories, University of Nebraska Press 100-119 (2010)
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Journal article (13 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Lewis A, 'Laughing at Injuries (Isabella's Erasure)', Axon: Creative Explorations, (2018)
2018 Lewis A, 'This Ocean Sings (2018)
2018 Lewis A, 'For the Use of Such Ghosts as Choose to Inhabit It', Victorians: A Journal of Culture and Literature, 134 308-319 (2018)
DOI 10.1353/vct.2018.0026
2017 Lewis A, 'The Snarl', The Interpreter s House, 66 46-47 (2017)
2017 Lewis A, 'Wells of Sorrow', Southerly, 77 34-47 (2017)
2016 Lewis A, 'Glucose Miners', Causeway, 7 53-54 (2016)
2012 Lewis A, 'Women in the Victorian literary marketplace', Women, 23 235-238 (2012)
DOI 10.1080/09574042.2012.677253
2011 Lewis A, 'Tales of the islanders', TLS, the Times Literary Supplement, 27 (2011)
2011 Lewis A, 'THE FEELING OF READING Affective experience and Victorian literature', TLS-THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT, 27-27 (2011)
2010 Lewis A, 'Page to Stage: The Brontës in the World of the Arts', Women: A Cultural Review, 21 338-342 (2010)
DOI 10.1080/09574042.2010.488394
2006 Lewis A, 'Grappling with Essential Reality at the Margins of Community: Identity, Alienation and Transcendence in Patrick White s Voss', eSharp, February 2006 (2006)
2006 Lewis A, 'Post-Colonial Literatures and the Ongoing Process of Writing Back ', Journal of African Literature and Culture (JALC), March 2006 93-116 (2006)
2006 Lewis A, 'In the Event of Censorship, or, Suppressing the Event s Dramatic Impact: Looking Back at John Osborne s Look Back in Anger', antiTHESIS, 16 61-73 (2006)
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Other (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2010 Lewis A, 'Invited respondent, Prof. Gillian Beer, Late Darwin and the Problem of the Human , US National Humanities Center Forum, onthehuman.org (29 June 2010).', (2010)
2009 Lewis A, 'Past versus Present: A Report on the BAVS/NAVSA Conference, Cambridge, UK, 2009', : The British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS) (2009)
2009 Lewis A, 'Past versus Present (Literature Compass: Navigating Literary Studies)', : Literature Compass (2009)
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed3
Current6

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2020 Masters Experiments and Experiences of Narrative Cause and Effect M Philosophy (English), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2020 PhD The Phenomenology of Place in a Postcolonial Text: Imaginings, Development and Identity in the Poetry of Place PhD (English), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2020 Masters Girl Hero: A Middle Grade Novel and Exegesis Exploring the Female Protagonist in Australian Contemporary Middle Grade Fantasy Literature as Appealing to Readers of Both Genders, Particularly Boys M Philosophy (English), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2018 PhD A Theory of Displacement PhD (English), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2018 PhD Postirony and its Trajectory: Circumventing Postmodernism PhD (English), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2017 PhD "Writing for Children is Usually Purposeful, its Intention Being to Foster in the Child Reader a Positive Apperception of Some Socio-Cultural Values Which, it is Assumed, are Shared by Author and Audience" (Stephens, 3) PhD (English), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 PhD Urban Space and the Theatrical Imagination: The Representation of London in the Mid-Nineteenth-Century Popular Novel (1852-1865) Literature, University of Aberdeen Principal Supervisor
2016 PhD Wedgewood: A Novel with Exegesis (Creative Writing PhD) Literature, University of Aberdeen Co-Supervisor
2014 PhD The Non-Event, the Event, and Techniques of Representation in the Novels of Frances Burney Literature, University of Aberdeen Co-Supervisor
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Dr Alexandra Lewis

Position

Lecturer
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts

Contact Details

Email alexandra.lewis@newcastle.edu.au

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