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 approached through a medical humanities lens. Both strands of my research are concerned with ethical witness in response to individual and collective suffering. My current research projects include a monograph on contemporary Gothic and critical medical humanities; research on literary representations of chronic pain beyond traditional illness narrative prose memoir forms; and a project examining Second World War home front representations of combatants and refugees as spectral figures, liminal and vulnerable, drawing on archives of refugee memoir and spiritualist activity.

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

Before Narrative: Episodic Reading and Representations of Chronic Pain
Wasson, S. 14/07/2017 In: Medical Humanities.
Journal article

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