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Dr Lee Horsley

Dr Lee Horsley

Sessional - Clerical/Admin

County College
Lancaster University
Bailrigg
Lancaster
United Kingdom
LA1 4YD


Tel: +44 1524 592224

PhD Supervision Interests

satire, political literature, film noir , thrillers, crime and detective stories, science fiction and other popular genres

Current Teaching

The Noir Thriller (MA in Contemporary Literary Studies); Creative Writing PhD supervision

Research Interests

After graduating from the University of Minnesota (1965), Lee Horsley came to England as a Fulbright Scholar to do her postgraduate work and has lived here ever since. She has been at the University of Lancaster since 1974 - currently teaching twentieth-century British and American literature and two specialist crime courses. In recent years, she has worked a lot on web development and eLearning, and was an English Subject Centre e-Advocate in 2006-07. She has written (with Graham Mort) about the relationship between virtual learning environments and the pedagogy of English and Creative Writing, and is Director of Web Development in the Centre for Transcultural Writing and Research.

Her current research takes in both British and American literature. Over the last fifteen years, she has written two books on literature and politics - Political Fiction and the Historical Imagination (1990) and Fictions of Power in English Literature 1900-1950 (1995). More recently, she has writtenThe Noir Thriller, which ranges from pulp thrillers of the 1920s to neo-noir films and cyberpunk (Palgrave, 2001; expanded paperback edition, 2009), andTwentieth-Century Crime Fiction (Oxford University Press, 2005), a study of the main sub-genres of crime fiction from the days of Sherlock Holmes to the present. Work on this project was supported by a Research Leave Award (2003-04) from the AHRB. She is co-editor of The Blackwell Companion to Crime Fiction (Wiley-Blackwell,2010).

In collaboration with her daughter, Katharine, she has written articles on contemporary crime fiction and, in Summer 2002, started Crimeculture, a highly successful website devoted to the academic study of crime fiction/film and offering students the chance to share their work in an international forum. The web address is: http://www.crimeculture.com. She is also co-editor and webmaster for http://www.pulporiginals.com , which aims to make some of the best mid-century American crime paperbacks available as e-books.

Lee is keen to supervise students interested in writing undergraduate or postgraduate dissertations on satire, political literature, film noir , thrillers, detective stories, science fiction and other popular genres. She is also jointly supervising several creative writing PhDs.

Current and recent postgraduate students:

Hiba Moussa, 'Contemporary re/visions of Jane Austen', Ph.D. dissertation submitted in September 2004; approved January 2005.

Jamaluddin Bin Aziz, 'Transgressing Women: Investigating Space and the Body in Contemporary Noir Crime Thriller', Ph.D., approved in April 2005.

Paul Ferguson, 'Disaffection in Mid-Twentieth-Century Transatlantic Literature', Ph.D., 2002-present, jointly with Dr Michael Greaney.

Chris Dows, 'Towards a Historical, Social and Cultural understanding of Sequential Art - an Examination of Process and Practice', M.Phil/Ph.D., jointly with Dr George Green (Creative Writing), graduating December 2007.

Rebecca Irvine, 'Moving' (a novel), jointly with Dr Graham Mort; graduating December 2009.

Martin Goodman, 'Ectopia' (a novel) and 'The Autobiography of a Book', Ph.D., jointly with Dr Graham Mort (Creative Writing), 2003-2007 (PhD approved January 2007).

Joanne Reardon, 'Wounded' (a novel), jointly with Dr George Green, 2005-present.

George Murgatroyd, the Harlem Renaissance, jointly with Dr Andrew Tate, 2007- .

Rhiannon Hoosan, poetry, The Ox On Your Tongue, from 2007, jointly with Dr Graham Mort.

Christelle Del Prette, creative non-fiction, from 2007, jointly with Dr George Green.

Sarah Dobbs, 'Killing Daniel' (a novel), jointly with Dr Graham Mort.

Ian Chapman, a Northumbrian noir Western (novel), jointly with Dr George Green.

Kim Jensen, a post-9 / 11 novel set in Oakland, California,jointly with Dr George Green.

Harry Whitehead, 'The Cannibal Spirit' (a novel), jointly with Dr George Green.

Geraldine Green, an "Exploration of Identity and Environment through Poetry," with Dr Graham Mort.

2012

You're Not So Special, Mr Ford: The Quest for Criminal Celebrity

Green, G. & Horsley, L. 2012 Cross-Cultural Conections in Crime Fictions. Miller, V. & Oakley, H. (eds.). 1 ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave, Vol. 1, p. 40-58 19 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

2010

A companion to crime fiction

Rzepka, C. J. (ed.) & Horsley, L. (ed.) 2010 Wiley-Blackwell. 648 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Hard-Boiled and noir in twentieth-century American crime fiction.

Horsley, L. 2010 Blackwell Companion to 20th Century US Fiction. Seed, D. (ed.). Oxford: Blackwell

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2009

Literary noir in the twenty-first century.

Horsley, L. 2009 The Noir Thriller. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 344 p. (Crime Files).

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2008

Learning Italian: Serial Killers Abroad in the Novels of Highsmith and Harris.

Horsley, L. & Horsley, K. 2008 Differences, Deceits and Desires: Murder and Mayhem in Italian Crime Fiction. Cicioni, M. & McGowan, N. D. (eds.). University of Delaware Press, p. 191-205 15 p. (Monash Romance Studies Series).

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2007

In Virtuality Veritas.

Horsley, L. S. & Mort, G. 1/10/2007 In: Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature Language Composition and Culture. 7, 3, p. 513-525 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2006

Body Language: Reading the Corpse in Forensic Crime Fiction.

Horsley, L. & Horsley, K. 01/2006 In: Paradoxa: Terrain Vagues. 20, p. 7-32 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2005

Twentieth-Century Crime Fiction.

Horsley, L. S. 2005 Oxford University Press. 328 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2003

'A beautiful thing to think about': Telemarketing and murder in Jason Starr's 'Cold caller'

Horsley, L. 2003 Noir Originals

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationBook/Film/Article review

2001

The Noir Thriller.

Horsley, L. S. 2001 Palgrave. 319 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Fatal women in the hard-boiled fifties.

Horsley, L. S. 2001 In: Crime Time: J. Crime Fiction. 25, Autumn, p. 39-44 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Hammett.

Horsley, L. S. 2001 Literary encyclopedia (online publication). Clarke, R. (ed.).

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Chandler.

Horsley, L. S. 2001 Literary encyclopedia (online publication). Clarke, R. (ed.).

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

1999

Meres Fatales: Maternal Guilt in the Noir Crime Novel.

Horsley, L. & Horsley, K. 1999 In: Modern Fiction Studies. 45, 2, p. 369-402 34 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Mères Fatales: Maternal Guilt in the Noir Crime Novel.

Horsley, L. S. & Horsley, K. 1999 In: Modern Fiction Studies. 45, 2, p. 369-402 34 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  • Blackwell Companion to Crime Fiction

    30/11/2006 → 30/12/2009
    The co-editors of the Blackwell Companion are Charles J. Rzepka, Boston University, and Lee Horsley, Lancaster University. This one-volume overview of crime fiction and film will be 280,000 words lon ... Read more»
  • Criminal Confessions

    01/11/2006 →
    Lee and Katharine Horsley's proposed book, Criminal Confessions, is contracted to Edwin Mellen Press, due for submission in September 2009. It will provide a selection of criminal confessions from fou ... Read more»
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