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Associate Professor Stephanie Russo is the Discipline Chair of Literature in the Department of Media, Communications, Creative Arts, Language, and Literature.

She specialises in historical fiction, and early modern and eighteenth-century women's writing. Her work has focused on exploring representations of politics, monarchy, power, fashion, gender, sex, and revolution. She has published widely on a range of female novelists of the eighteenth century, including Jane Austen, Mary Robinson, Frances Burney,  Charlotte Smith, Sarah Fielding, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Eliza Haywood. She is particularly interested in recovery work on non-canonical women writers of the eighteenth century, such as Helen Craik and Sarah Harriet Burney.

Stephanie has a particular interest in women's historical fiction of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. She is also interested in contemporary historical films and television series. 

She is the author of The Afterlife of Anne Boleyn: Representations of Anne Boleyn in Fiction and on the Screen, which was published as part of Palgrave Macmillan's Queenship and Power series in October 2020. This project spans five hundred years of writing about the Tudors, from the work of Sir Thomas Wyatt, to contemporary literary, televisual and digital texts. 

Stephanie has commenced work on a project on the use of anachronism in historical fiction. Her new monograph, The Anachronistic Turn in Contemporary Historical Fictions, Drama, Television and Film will be published by Routledge in late 2023 as part of the Routledge Studies in Contemporary Literature series.

She is particularly interested in how the television show Dickinson uses contemporary music and language to dramatize the life of the American poet Emily Dickinson.


Stephanie is the Director of the Master of Research program in the English Department. 

Her undergraduate teaching includes:

ENGL1001 Literature: Medieval to Modern 

ENGL2010 The Human Story: Heart, Mind and Body in Early Literature

ENGL2040 Historical Fiction and a Passion for the Past (convener)

ENGL3031 Popular Fiction (convener)

ENGL7001 Research in Literary Studies

ENGL7001 Textual Analysis, Literature Theory, and Creative Practice Research 

FOAR7002 Research Frontiers 1 (discipline convener)

Stephanie is willing to supervise MRes and PhD projects in the following areas: historical fiction, historical film and television, representations of the early modern, early modern and eighteenth-century women's writing, twentieth- and twenty-first century popular women's writing, and the afterlife of Jane Austen. 



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