Dr Emma Short
I joined the Department of English at Durham in 2018, having previously worked as a Teaching Fellow at Newcastle University. My research and teaching interests span from the late nineteenth century to the present day, and forcus on the intersections of space, mobility, embodiment, and gender in literature and culture.
My monograph, Mobility and the Hotel in Modern Literature: Passing Through, was published with Palgrave in 2019, and considers the complex ways in which the hotel functions to express the shifting experiences of modernity in the works of such authors as Arnold Bennett, H.G. Wells, Dorothy Richardson, Virginia Woolf, and Elizabeth Bowen. The book contributes to the critical debates on nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature concerning space, movement, and mobility, arguing that the hotel reconfigures boundaries of modernist, middlebrow, and popular fiction. Drawing on a range of interdisciplinary theoretical and analytical perspectives, my book provides a critical and cultural history of the hotel in British literature, charting its changing nature and usage from the mid-nineteenth century up until the interwar period.
I currently teach on the third-year modules American Fiction and Post War Fiction and Poetry, and I supervise dissertation students working on modern and contemporary literature.
- Short, Emma (2019). Mobility and the Hotel in Modern Literature: Passing Through. Palgrave.
Chapter in book
- Short, E. (2019). ‘One is Somehow Suspended’ Elizabeth Bowen, Katherine Mansfield, and the Spaces in Between. In Elizabeth Bowen: Theory, Thought and Things. Gildersleeve, J. & Smith, P.J. Edinburgh University Press.
- Short, Emma (2015). '"Those Eyes Kohl Blackened Enflame": Re-reading the Feminine in Gertrude Bell's Early Travel Writing'. Journeys: The International Journal of Travel and Travel Writing 16(1): 8-28.