Dr Jeanne Ellis

Senior Lecturer/Honours Co-ordinator 
MA & PhD (Stellenbosch)
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Nineteenth-Century Studies; Neo-Victorian Studies; Historical Fiction; Biofiction; Gothic Studies; Settler Colonialism; Gender Studies; Poetry


“An Embodied Feminist Poethics of Improper Speech in Atwood’s Alias Grace and Christiansë’s Unconfessed”, in Gender Questions 2023.

Manly Pursuits: Rhodes, Queer Victorian Manliness and the Homosocial Politics of Settler Colonialism”, in Settler Colonial Studies, Special Issue on Gender and Settler Colonialism. 11.2 (2021): 152-157. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/2201473X.2021.1881314?tab=permissions&scroll=top

“The Vivisectionist’s Tale: Auto/Biographical Voice and the Queer Fictions of Empire in Anne Harries’s Manly Pursuits”, in NeoVictorian Biofiction. Eds. Marie-Louise Kohlke and Christian Gutleben. Brill, 2020.

“A Bodily Metaphorics of Unsettlement: Leora Farber’s DisLocation / Re-Location as Neo-Victorian Gothic”, in Neo-Victorian Gothic: Horror, Violence, and Degeneration in the Re-Imagined Nineteenth Century. Eds. Marie-Luise Kohlke and Christian Gutleben. Rodopi, 2012.



“Gayle S. Rubin. Deviations: A Gayle Rubin Reader.” Gender Questions 1.1 (2013): 136-137.

Creative Writing

Tableaux Vivants: Three Poems” in New Contrasts. Dryad Press, 2019.

“Salvation” in The Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Anthology, Vol VII. Jacana, 2017.




Minter, Lobke. “Speculative Gothic Fiction and the Scar as Trauma Trope: Imagining Hope through Horror” (current).

Shiyoka, Selma. “Precarity and Resilience: An Ecofeminist Reading of the African Child in Fiction by Contemporary Women Writers” (current).

De Villiers, Stephanie. “Contemporary Diasporas and the Writing of Madness and Gender in Fiction and Life Writing” (current).

Laiser, Neema Eliphas. “Configuring Maasainess: Contested Textual Embodiments” (2016) (Joint Supervisor)

Davids, Courtney. “From Chawton to Oakland: Configuring the Nineteenth-Century Domestic in the Writing of Catherine Hubback” (2014) (Joint Supervisor)


Snyckers. Julia. “The Madwoman’s Genealogy: From the Nineteenth Century to Neo-Victorianism and Domestic Noir” (current)

Botes, Christan. “’One need not be a Chamber – to be Haunted’: The Haunted Mind and the Haunted House in Gothic Fiction” (current).

Troost, Josephine. “Biofiction and Reconsiderations of Colonialism in Neo-Victorian Reworkings of Charles Dickens’s Novels” (current).

Vorndran, Truchen. “The Afterlife of the Victorian Marriage Plot in Neo-Victorian Fiction” (2019)

Slabbert, Jani. “The Metaphorics of Erotic Pursuit and Violence in Classical Mythology and Its Transformations by Women Poets” (2018)

Dabrowski, Stephanie Elisabeth. “Monstrous Losses and Broken Fairy Tales: The Significance of Fantasy as a Coping Mechanism for Loss and Trauma in Young Adult Fiction” (2016)

Stander, Danie. “Reza de Wet’s Channelling of the Long Nineteenth Century on Post-1994 South African Stages” (2016)

George, Carla Elizabeth. “Identity and the Children’s Literature of George MacDonald” (2015)

Louw, Bronwen Mairi. “Trauma, Healing, Mourning and Narrative Voice in the Epistolary Mode” (2015)

Collins, Brenda. “Representations of Landscape and Gender in Lady Anne Barnard’s Journal of a Month’s Tour into the Interior of Africa” (MPhil Gender Studies, 2006)

Diaho, Judith. “Experiences and Coping Strategies of Women Living with HIV/AIDS Diagnosis: A Case Study of Maseru, Lesotho” (MPhil Gender Studies, 2004)

Murray, Jessica. “Intersections of Language, Landscape and the Violated Female Body in the Texts of Yvonne Vera” (MPhil Gender Studies, 2004)

Honours Research Essays

Snyckers, Julia. “‘My Armoury of Tiny Rebellions’: Female Agency and Interiority in The Woman Who Ran (2016), Sam Baker’s Neo-Victorian Revision of Anne Brontë’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848). (2022)

Troost, Josephine. “Shifting Conceptions of Victorian Masculinity and Social Conventions in North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë” (2021).

Van den Berg, Nicole. Reconfiguring Dis/Ability through Children’s Fantasy Fiction: ADHD in Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief” (2021).

Botes, Christan. “‘Some People are Just Born with Tragedy in their Blood’: Gothic Doubling and Annihilation Anxiety in Richard Kelly’s Donnie Darko” (2020).

Bester, Nelia. “Sisterhood, Feminism and Rivalry in Recent Film Adaptations of Pride and Prejudice and Little Women” (2020)

Oram, Caryn. “Emerging Feminism in The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and Jane Eyre” (2019)

Sleet, Francesca. “The Oldest and Strongest Kind of Fear is Fear of the Unknown: Lovecraft’s Gothic Aesthetic” (2019)

Joshi, Sharvari. “Of Masters, Manners and Men: The Novel of Manners in Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South and Mary Barton” (2018)

Du Plessis, Marilé. “The Lesbian Erotic in Sarah Waters’ Neo-Victorian Fiction: Fingersmith and Tipping the Velvet” (2018)

Duval, Jessica. “Encountering Others: Xenophobia in Caryl Phillips’s Cambridge, The Final Passage and A Distant Shore” (2017)

Slabbert, Janie. “Of Fathers and Fairy Tales, Mothers and Memories: Inflections of the Autobiographical Voice Through Fairy Tale and Nursery Rhyme in the Poetry of Ingrid Jonker and Anne Sexton” (2015)

Viljoen, Christelle. “Fallen Women, Shame and Redemption in the Nineteenth-Century Novel” (2015)

Vorndran, Truchen. “Undressing the Victorian Woman: The Figure of the Prostitute in Michel Faber’s Neo-Victorian Novel The Crimson Petal and the White” (2015)

Stadler, Johanna Herbst. “Sex, Crimes and Misdemeanours: The Neo-Victorian Servant-Master Relationship in Valerie Martin’s Mary Reilly and Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace” (2014)

Charles, Tembi. “Inscribed on the Imagination”: Contemporary Women Poets Writing the Aging Female Body” (2013)

Dabrowski, Stephanie. “The Monstrous Act of Grieving: Narrating Parental Loss in Patrick Ness’s A Monster Calls” (2013)

Louw, Nina. “Unsettling Natural History: A.S. Byatt’s Morpho Eugenia as a Darwinian Critique of Victorian Englishness” (2013)

Roux, Lelanie. “Screening Jane Austen: Exploring Fidelity in Appropriating the Author as Character” (2012)

Stander, Danie. “Prefacing and Portrayal: Portrayal of Interiority of Female Protagonists by Means of the Visual in Middlemarch and The Portrait of a Lady” (2012)

Roodt, Jolette. “Victorian Interiors: Victorian Domestic Interiors and Female Interiority in Middlemarch and North and South” (2011)

Van der Westhuizen, Rosamund Eliza. “The Medical Man and Embodiment in Frankenstein, Middlemarch and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde” (2011)

Hector, Nikita. “Flirting in the Minor Key: Jane Austen as a Contemporary Authority on Love and Flirting, and the Use of Flirting by the Secondary Characters in Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park and Northanger Abbey” (2010)

Olivier, Francois. “‘Ours is the New Age of Dorian Gray’: Late-Capitalist Culture Re-imagines Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray” (2010)

Stindt, Anabel. “Keeping the Pink Lamps Lighted: Frances Hodgson Burnett and The Secret Garden” (2010)

Taylor, Helen. “Procuring, Deploying and Representing the Emigrant Body: Tracing the Textual Trail of Female Irish Emigration to the Cape in the 1850s” (2010)