Dr Sara Wasson

Lecturer in Gothic Studies

Research Overview

I have two research concentrations: the Second World War Gothic of the British home front, and twenty-first century Gothic and science fiction. Both strands of my research are concerned with ethical witness in response to individual and collective suffering. My current research projects include a monograph entitled Transplantation Gothic, exploring Gothic and horror fantasies of tissue transfer, and I am Primary Investigator on the AHRC network Translating Chronic Pain, researching literary representations of chronic pain. My work continues to build on my first monograph, Urban Gothic of the Second World War, examining combatants and refugees as spectral figures, liminal and vulnerable.

Frankenstein and the Politics of Vulnerability
Wasson, S. 06/2018 In: Science Fiction Film and Television. 11, 2, 3 p.
Journal article

Gothic Science Fiction and China Miéville’s Perdido Street Station
Wasson, S. 29/03/2018 In: The Gothic . Oxford : Peter Lang
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Before Narrative: Episodic Reading and Representations of Chronic Pain
Wasson, S. 5/01/2018 In: Medical Humanities. 44, 2, 7 p.
Journal article

Gothic and the Built Environment: the Architectural Uncanny and the Urban Sublime
Wasson, S. 4/01/2018 In: Gothic and the Arts. Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Creative Manifesto: Translating Chronic Pain
Wasson, S. 15/11/2017
Web publication/site

Translating Chronic Pain: online anthology and project website
Wasson, S. 1/11/2017
Web publication/site

Scalpel and metaphor: the ceremony of organ harvest in gothic science fiction
Wasson, S. 1/05/2015 In: Gothic Studies. 17, 1, p. 104-123. 20 p.
Journal article

Useful darkness: intersections between medical humanities and gothic studies
Wasson, S. 05/2015 In: Gothic Studies. 17, 1, p. 1-12. 12 p.
Journal article

Recalcitrant tissue: organ transfer and the struggle for narrative control
Wasson, S. 2015 In: Technologies of the gothic in literature and culture. London : Routledge p. 99-112.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Gothic cities and suburbs, 1880-present
Wasson, S. 2014 In: The gothic world. London : Routledge p. 132-142. 11 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

The Twilight Saga and the pleasures of spectatorship: the broken body and the shining body
Wasson, S., Artt, S. 2013 In: Open graves, open minds. Manchester : Manchester University Press p. 181-191. 11 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

The “Coven of the Articulate”: orality and community in Anne Rice’s vampire fiction
Wasson, S. 02/2012 In: Journal of Popular Culture. 45, 1, p. 197-213. 17 p.
Journal article

Gothic Science Fiction 1980-2010
Wasson, S., Alder, E. 2011 Liverpool : Liverpool University Press. ISBN: 9781846317071.

Introduction to gothic science fiction
Wasson, S., Alder, E. 2011 In: Gothic science fiction 1980-2010. Liverpool : Liverpool University Press p. 1-18. 18 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

“A butcher’s shop where the meat still moved”: gothic doubles, organ harvesting and human cloning
Wasson, S. 2011 In: Science fiction 1980-2010. Liverpool : Liverpool University Press p. 73-86. 14 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Olalla’s legacy: twentieth century vampire fiction and genetic previvorship
Wasson, S. 2010 In: The Journal of Stevenson Studies. 7, p. 55-81. 27 p.
Journal article

Urban Gothic of the Second World War
Wasson, S. 2010 Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN: 9780230577534.

Book Review: Futures from Nature
Wasson, S. 2008 In: Foundation. 37, 103, 5 p.
Book/Film/Article review

Object-relations psychoanalysis
Wasson, S. 01/2005
Web publication/site

Love in the time of cloning: science fictions of transgressive kinship
Wasson, S. 2004 In: Extrapolation. 45, 2, p. 130-144. 15 p.
Journal article

“A network of inscrutable canyons”: wartime London’s sensory landscapes
Wasson, S. 2004 In: The swarming streets. Amsterdam : Rodopi Press p. 77-95. 19 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

36 biographical and critical entries
Wasson, S. 2003 In: Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century British Writers. New York : Book Builders