Rachel O'Connell
Lecturer In Post 1350 English Literature (English)
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Research

I specialise in queer, gender, and disability studies. I am Co-Director (with Dr Sam Solomon in the School of English) of the Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence, a research centre in sexuality/queer studies at the University of Sussex. The Centre runs cultural and research events and fosters an active and supportive community in queer studies at Sussex and beyond. For more information on the Centre, please visit our website: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/cssd/index

I have published research on late nineteenth century British literature in relation to middlebrow culture, prose genres, ethics, sexuality, and disability in journals such as ELH, Cahiers Victoriens et Edouardiens, and (forthcoming) Women: A Cultural Review, and in the essay collection Sex and Disability (ed. Robert McRuer and Anna Mollow). My current interdisciplinary research on the TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race focuses on questions of fandom, mediation, intimacy, and contemporary celebrity and engages generically innovative creative-critical writing practices while generating unconventional, public-facing research outputs.

For potential PhD students: I am interested in supervising PhD projects in queer theory and gender, sexuality, and disability studies; fin de siecle and/or Edwardian British literature (including lifestyle writing, garden writing, and female aesthetes such as Elizabeth von Arnim and Rosamund Marriott Watson); mid-twentieth century queer writers from the USA and UK (especially Mary Renault); drag; reality TV, contemporary celebrity, fandom, and digital media.