Dr Lucy Arnold

Teaching Fellow

Summary: contemporary literature; Hilary Mantel; haunting and spectrality; women's fiction, psychoanalysis; speculative fiction

Teaching Commitments: Contemporary Literature; Drama: Reading and Interpretation


My doctoral research examined the significance of narratives of haunting in the work of Hilary Mantel, arguing that spectrality and the motif of the ghost provide a 'disorganising principle' which pervades Mantel's cannon and which has offered the author a plastic and continually evolving strategy for responding to a range of contemporary concerns. More broadly I am interested in contemporary gothic literature, speculative fiction and psychoanalytic thought, with a particular emphasis on the thinking of Jean Laplanche.


Journal Articles

‘Spooks and Holy Ghosts: Spectrality and Religion in Hilary Mantel’s Fludd and Eight Months on Ghazzah Street’, Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, 57.3 (2016)

Forthcoming: ‘“The heart fails without warning”: Precarious Bodies in Hilary Mantel’s Short Fiction’, Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writings (Women Write Now), April 2018

Book Chapters

Forthcoming:Holy Ghost Writers: Spectrality, Intertextuality and Religion in the Work of Hilary Mantel’ in Hilary Mantel: Contemporary Critical Perspectives, eds. Eileen Pollard and Ginette Carpenter. (London: Bloomsbury, 2018)


‘Hilary Mantel’s Beyond Black’, The Literary Encyclopedia (2014) [http://literaryencyclopedia.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=26526]