Professor Lynne Pearce


Research Interests

Lynne Pearce arrived at Lancaster in 1990/1, having gained her PhD from the University of Birmingham in 1987. Whilst studying for her PhD, and in the years immediately following, she worked part-time across of wide-range of further and higher educational establishments in the West Midlands, and then - for one year - in the English Department at the University of Durham. This apprenticeship remains vitally important to the values she attaches to Higher Education (especially in terms of access to those from less privileged backgrounds) and to her recognition of the challenges faced by graduate students embarking on an academic career.

Lynne Pearce's teaching and research have been mainly in the field of feminist literary and cultural theory, but with wide-ranging historical and disciplinary interests. Particular thematic concerns have been in 'the politics of reading', feminist re-scriptings of romance, and national / regional literature(s) and identities within the UK. Her most recent books are:

The Rhetorics of Feminism: Readings in Contemporary Cultural Theory and the Popular Press (Routledge, 2004); Romance Writing (Polity, 2007); and (with Corinne Fowler and Robert Crawshaw) Postcolonial Manchester: Diaspora Space and the Devolution of Literary Culture (Manchester University Press, forthcoming 2013).

The first of these explores the ways in which rhetorical and stylistic innovation in writers as diverse as Judith Butler and Germaine Greer has impacted upon contemporary thought-production; the second surveys the changing expression of romantic love from the seventeenth century to the present day; while Postcolonial Manchester (the final output of the ‘Moving Manchester’ project – see below) investigates the ways in which Manchester’s polycultural writing scene challenges popular stereotypes of the city at the same time as contributing to the ‘devolution’ of contemporary British literature from its London-centric publishing heartland In terms of teaching and administration, Lynne Pearce’s work has centred on the postgraduate community. From 1997-2001 she was Director of Postgraduate Studies in the English Department and, in that capacity, was responsible for initiating a good deal of the research methods training now available both within the Department and the Faculty. From 2001-2003 she was Associate Dean for Postgraduate Teaching in the Humanities and convenor of the Faculty's Research Methods seminar.

Since coming to Lancaster, she has also supervised 25 PhD students of her own to successful completion and remains committed to improving the postgraduate student experience in her capacity as FASS RTP tutor and through contributing to Research Methods teaching in the Department of English & Creative Writing. She is currently enjoying another term as Director of Postgraduate Studies in the Department and teaches courses on Thesis Writing, Writing for Publication and Conference Presentation for the Faculty.From 2006-2010 Lynne Pearce was Principal Investigator for the AHRC-funded project 'Moving Manchester: How the experience of migration has informed the work of writers from Greater Manchester from 1960-to the present' (see website at Project outputs include: –an e-catalogue, an online ‘Writers’ Gallery’, and over 50 publications (creative and critical) all of which are listed on the ‘Moving Manchester’ website.

Lynne Pearce is now beginning work on a new research project –broadly, the cultural history of (car) driving - which will begin with a book that investigates the different states of consciousness that accompany the driving-event as evidenced in literary and other texts. See the article ‘Automobility in Manchester Fiction’ (Mobilities 7.1, 2012) for some indication of the form this new research will take.

Lynne Pearce is a member of the following networks and associations:

IASPR (The Association for Popular Romance Studies) [also Board member]

The Memory Network

The Love Research Network

Single-Authored Book Publications include:

Woman/Image/Text: Readings in Pre-Raphaelite Art & Literature (Harvester-Wheatsheaf, 1991)

Reading Dialogics (Edward Arnold, 1994)

Feminism and the Politics of Reading (Arnold, 1997)

Devolving Identies: Feminist Readings in Home and Belonging (ed.) (2000)

The Rhetorics of Feminism (Routledge, 2004)

Romance Writing (Polity, 2007)

During her time at Lancaster, Lynne Pearce has also been centrally involved with the teaching, research and research activities emanating from the Institute for Gender and Women's Studies, and is co-editor, with Maureen McNeil, of the series Transformations: Thinking Through Feminism (see Routledge web-site for further details). She is thus more than happy to act as a point of contact for people interested in the work of the Institute or, indeed, in research projects which might involve colleagues in both English and Women's Studies.

A motor-flight through early Twentieth-Century consiousness: capturing the driving event 1905-1935
Pearce, L. 2014 In: Researching and representing mobilities. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan p. 78-98. 21 p. ISBN: 9781137346650.

Autopia: what we’re thinking when we’re driving
Pearce, L. 11/2013 In: Writing otherwise. Manchester : Manchester University Press p. 92-105. 14 p. ISBN: 9780719089428.

Postcolonial Manchester: diaspora space and the devolution of literary culture
Pearce, L., Fowler, C., Crawshaw, R. 1/06/2013 Manchester : Manchester University Press. 304 p. ISBN: 9780719088155.

Automobility in Manchester Fiction
Pearce, L. 2012 In: Mobilities. 7, 1, p. 93-113. 21 p.
Journal article

Romance, Trauma and Repetition: Testing the Limits of Love
Pearce, L. 2012 In: Trauma and Romance in Contemporary British Literature. London : Routledge p. n/a. ISBN: 9780415661072 .

The urban imaginary: writing, migration, place
Pearce, L. 2012 In: Mobilities. 7, 1, 11 p.

The Construction of Regional Identity in Europe and Beyond
Pearce, L., Wodak, R. 02/2010 In: European Journal of Cultural Studies. 13, 1, 7 p.

Writing and Region in the 21st Century: Epistemological Reflections on Regionally-located Art and Literature in the Wake of the Digital Revolution
Pearce, L. 02/2010 In: European Journal of Cultural Studies. 13, 1, 20 p.
Special issue

'Writing' and 'Region' in the 21st Century: Epistemological Reflections of Regionally-located Art and Literature in the Wake of the Digital Revolution
Pearce, L., Wodak, R. 2010 In: European Journal of Cultural Studies. 13, 1
Special issue

(Re)constructing the region in the 21st Century
Pearce, L., Wodak, R. 2010 In: European Journal of Cultural Studies. 13, 1, p. 3-8. 6 p.
Journal article

Beyond Redemption? Mobilizing Affect in Feminist Reading
Pearce, L. 2010 In: Working with affect in feminist readings : disturbing differences . London : Routledge p. 151-164. 14 p. ISBN: 9780415481397.

After the Twilight: Intimacy and its Demise in Late Twentieth-Century Lesbian Romance.
Pearce, L. 2007 In: After Intimacy: The Culture of Divorce in the West since 1789. Peter Lang (Oxford) 215 p. ISBN: 978-3-03910-143-6.

Moving Manchester : relocating diaspora research.
Pearce, L., Fowler, C. 2006 In: International Journal of the Humanities. 4, 6, p. 93-100. 8 p.
Journal article

Romance Writing.
Pearce, L. 2006 Polity Press. ISBN: 0-7456-3005-7.

The Rhetorics of Feminism: Readings in Contemporary Cultural Theory and the Popular Press.
Pearce, L. 2004 Routledge. ISBN: 0-415-28183-0.

Jaz - bralka : besidilo, sobesidilo in ravnovesje moci. [translation of part of book into Slovenian]
Pearce, L. 10/2003 In: Apokalipsa. 72, p. 63-73. 11 p.
Journal article

The Place of Literature in the Spaces of Belonging.
Pearce, L. 08/2002 In: European Journal of Cultural Studies. 5, 3, p. 275-291. 17 p.
Journal article

The viewer as producer : British and Canadian feminists reading Prudence Heward's 'Women'.
Pearce, L. 2001 In: RACAR: Revue d'Art Canadienne / Canadian Art Review. xxv, 1-2, p. 94-102. 9 p.
Journal article

Devolutionary desires.
Pearce, L. 2000 In: De-centring sexualities : politics and representations beyond the metropolis.. London : Routledge p. 241-257. 17 p. ISBN: 9780415194662.

Devolving identities : feminist readings in home and belonging.
Pearce, L. 2000 London : Ashgate. 246 p. ISBN: 0754600742.

Romance as genre.
Pearce, L. 2000 In: Encyclopaedia of feminist theories. London; New York : Routledge 530 p. ISBN: 0415308852.

Fatal Attractions: Re-Scripting Romance in Contemporary Literature and Film
Pearce, L., Wisker, G. 1998 London : Pluto Press. 224 p. ISBN: 9780745313863.

Feminism and the Politics of Reading
Pearce, L. 1997 London : Hodder Arnold. 274 p. ISBN: 9780340700624.

Feminist Readings / Feminists Reading
Mills, S., Pearce, L. 1996 2nd ed. New York : Harvester Wheatsheaf. 432 p. ISBN: 0133753956.

Romance Revisited
Pearce, L., Stacey, J. 1995 New York University Press. 310 p. ISBN: 9780814766309 .

Reading Dialogics
Pearce, L. 1994 London : Hodder Arnold. 221 p. ISBN: 9780340550526.

Woman/Image/Text: Readings in Pre-Raphaelite Art and Literature
Pearce, L. 1991 Prentice Hall. 161 p. ISBN: 0802069126 .