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

Overview

Research

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.

Publications 

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)

Other

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