Professor Lynne PearceProfessor
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 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 applications. Particular thematic concerns have been in 'the politics of reading', feminist re-scriptings of romance, national / regional literature(s) and identities within the UK and mobilities research. Her most recent books are:
- Romance Writing (Polity, 2007).
- Postcolonial Manchester: Diaspora Space and the Devolution of Literary Culture [with Corinne Fowler and Robert Crawshaw](Manchester University Press,2013).
- Drivetime: Literary Excursions in Automotive Consciousness (Edinburgh University Press, 2016).
- Mobility, Memory and the Lifecourse in Twentieth-Century Literature and Culture (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019).
Romance Writing surveys the changing expression of romantic love from the seventeenth century to the present day; Postcolonial Manchester 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; Drivetime contributes to topical debates in automobilities research by investigating the cognitive and affective experience of driving (and 'passengering') through close readings of literary texts from across the twentieth century. Mobility, Memory and the Lifecourse explores the formative role of mobiltiies in the production of intimate relationships.
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 from 2004 she has been one of the core tutors of the Faculty's PGR Research Training Programme [RTP]. From 2009/10-12/13 she also served another term as Director of Posgraduate Studies in the Department of English and Creative Writing. She has now supervised 38 PhD students to successful completion and remains committed to improving the postgraduate student experience.
Lynne serves as a member of the AHRC Peer Review College.
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 www.transculturalwriting.com). Project outputs included: an e-catalogue, an online ‘Writers’ Gallery’, and over 50 publications (creative and critical) all of which are listed on the ‘Moving Manchester’ website.
Networks and Associations:
- IASPR (The International Association for Popular Romance Studies) [also Board member]
- The Memory Network
- The LOVE-RESEARCH Network
- Local Population Studies Society
Principal 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)
Postcolonial Manchester: Diaspora Space and the Devolution of Literary Culture [with Corinne Fowler and Robert Crawshaw] (Manchester University Press, 2013)
Drivetime: Literary Excursions in Automotive Consciousness (Edinburgh Universtiy Press, 2016).
Mobility, Memory and the Lifecourse in Twentieth-Century Literature and Culture (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019(.
Affiliations at Lancaster:
During her time at Lancaster, Lynne Pearce has 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 website 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.
In 2011 she became a founding member of the Centre for Transcultural Writing and Research (see www.transculturalwriting.com) whose website is also the archival home for the 'Moving Manchester' project).
She joined the advisory board of CeMoRe [Centre for Mobilties Research] in 2014/15 and was appointed Director for the Humanities in August 2015 (see CeMoRe website for full details of the Centre and its activities: https://lancs.ac.uk/cemore/). In this capacity, Lynne has also recently become of co-editor of the new Palgrave Macmillan (USA) series, Mobilities, Literature, Culture, and welcomes proposals from colleagues interested in publishing in this field. Lynne is currently CeMoRe's Acting Director - until September 2020.
My research is located within in the field of literary and cultural theory with a particular interest in mobilities research and literary geography (see recent publications). This includes recent work on driving and auto/mobility and the formative role of mobilities of different kinds in relationships (this overlapping with my earlier work on discourses of love and romance).
PhD Supervision Interests
I welcomes applications from students working in the field of cultural theory or engaging with literary and other texts to explore cultural events and practices and have a particular interest in supervising projects on mobilities, space/place and landscape (see recent publications).
Mobility, Method and Texual Practice: Re-reading Thomas Hardy's 'The Woodlanders'
Pearce, L. 15/05/2020 In: Movement and Change in Literature, Language and Society. Baden Baden : Academia p. 21-46. 26 p.
Mobility, Method and Textual Practice: Re-reading Thomas Hardy's "The Woodlanders"'
Pearce, L. 1/01/2020 In: Movement and Change in Literature, Language, and Society. Germany : Academia p. 19-46. 28 p.
Routine and Revelation: Dis-embodied Urban Mobilities
Pearce, L. 2020 In: Routledge Handbook of Urban Mobilites. Routledge
Mobilities, Literature, Culture
Aguiar, M., Mathieson, C., Pearce, L. 24/11/2019 New York : Palgrave Macmillan. 322 p. ISBN: 9783030270711. Electronic ISBN: 9783030270728.
Trackless Mourning: The Mobilities of Love and Loss
Pearce, L. 1/04/2019 In: cultural geographies. 26, 2, p. 163-176. 14 p.
Pearce, L. 1/01/2019 In: Mobilities and Complexities. London and New York : Routledge p. 228-233. 6 p. ISBN: 9781138601420. Electronic ISBN: 9780429470097.
Mobility, Memory and the Lifecourse in Twentieth-Century Literature and Culture
Pearce, L. 2019 1 ed. New York : Palgrave. 294 p. ISBN: 9783030239091. Electronic ISBN: 9783030239107.
'Walking-Out': The Mobilities of Love
Pearce, L. 8/09/2018 In: Mobilities. 13, 6, p. 777-790. 14 p.
Feminism and Women's Writing: An Introduction
Riley, C., Pearce, L. 31/03/2018 Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press. 204 p. ISBN: 9781474415606. Electronic ISBN: 9781474415620.
Mobility and the Humanities
Pearce, L., Merriman, P. 5/01/2018 London and New York : Routledge. 143 p. ISBN: 9780815377450.
Pearce, L. 1/01/2018 In: Mobilities and Complexities. Taylor and Francis p. 228-233. 6 p. ISBN: 9781138601420. Electronic ISBN: 9780429892707.
Mobility and the Humanities
Pearce, L., Merriman, P. 1/08/2017 In: Mobilities. 12, 4
Driving-as-Event: Rethinking the Car Journey
Pearce, L. 08/2017 In: Mobilities. 12, 4, p. 585-597. 13 p.
Mobility and the Humanities
Merriman, P., Pearce, L. 08/2017 In: Mobilities. 12, 4, 16 p.
Drivetime: literary excursions in automotive consciousness
Pearce, L. 31/07/2016 Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press. 229 p. ISBN: 9780748690848. Electronic ISBN: 9780748690862.
Love's schema and correction: a queer twist on a general principle
Pearce, L. 15/07/2016 In: Journal of Popular Romance Studies. 5, 2, p. 1-18. 18 p.
Autopia: In search of what we're thinking when we're driving
Pearce, L. 1/01/2016 In: Writing otherwise. Manchester University Press p. 92-105. 14 p. ISBN: 9780719089428. Electronic ISBN: 9781526112576.
A motor-flight through early Twentieth-Century consciousness: capturing the driving event 1905-1935
Pearce, L. 2014 In: Researching and representing mobilities. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan p. 78-98. 21 p. ISBN: 9781137346650.
Romance, trauma and repetition: Testing the limits of love
Pearce, L. 1/12/2013 In: Trauma and Romance in Contemporary British Literature. Taylor and Francis p. 71-89. 19 p. ISBN: 9780203073766.
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.
Cinemas of displacement and destitution
Pearce, L. 1/09/2012 In: Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies. 14, 3, 174 p.
Something is missing
Pearce, L. 1/09/2012 In: Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies. 14, 3, p. 329-340. 12 p.
The literary response to Moss Side, Manchester: fact or (genre) fiction?
Pearce, L. 06/2012 In: The Literary North. London : Palgrave Macmillan p. 220-239. 20 p. ISBN: 9780230367404.
Automobility in Manchester Fiction
Pearce, L. 2012 In: Mobilities. 7, 1, p. 93-113. 21 p.
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.
Romance and repetition: testing the limits of love
Pearce, L. 12/09/2011 In: Journal of Popular Romance Studies. 3, 1, 14 p.
The arts of migration: art, politics and participatory action research
Pearce, L., O'Neill, M. 1/09/2011 In: Crossings: The Journal of Migration and Culture. 2, 1
The arts of migration
Pearce, L., O'Neill, M. 29/06/2011 In: Crossings: The Journal of Migration and Culture. 2, 1, p. 3-11. 9 p.
The Construction of Regional Identity in Europe and Beyond
Pearce, L., Wodak, R.E. 1/02/2010 In: European Journal of Cultural Studies. 13, 1, 6 p.
Writing and region in the twenty-first century: epistemological reflections on regionally-located art and literature in the wake of the digital revolution
Pearce, L. 1/02/2010 In: European Journal of Cultural Studies. 13, 1, p. 27-41. 15 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 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
(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.
Beyond redemption?: mobilizing affect in feminist reading
Pearce, L. 2010 In: Working with affect in feminist readings. London : Routledge p. 151-164. 14 p. ISBN: 9780415481397.
Popular Romance and its Readers
Pearce, L. 10/12/2007 In: A Companion to Romance. John Wiley and Sons p. 521-538. 18 p. ISBN: 9780631232711.
Women writers and the elusive urban sublime: the view from 'Manchester, England'
Pearce, L. 1/07/2007 In: Contemporary Women's Writing. 1, 1-2, p. 80-97. 18 p.
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.
How to examine a thesis
Pearce, L. 1/08/2006 Basingstoke : Open University Press. 136 p. ISBN: 9780335214426.
Moving Manchester : relocating diaspora research.
Pearce, L., Fowler, C. 2006 In: International Journal of the Humanities. 4, 6, p. 93-100. 8 p.
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. 256 p. ISBN: 0415281830. Electronic ISBN: 9780203603697.
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.
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.
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.
Driving North / Driving South: Reflections upon the Spatial/Temporal Co-ordinates of 'Home'
Pearce, L. 28/07/2000 In: Devolving Identities. Routledge p. 162-178. 17 p. ISBN: 9780754600749. Electronic ISBN: 9781315257952.
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.
Another time, another place: the chronotope of romantic love in contemporary women's fiction
Pearce, L. 1/05/1998 In: Fatal attractions. London : Pluto Press p. 98-111. 14 p. ISBN: 9780745313863.
The emotional politics of reading Winterson
Pearce, L. 1/05/1998 In: I'm telling you stories. Amsterdam : Rodopi p. 29-39. 11 p. ISBN: 9789042003408.
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. 1/09/1996 2nd ed. ed. Hemel Hempstead : Harvester Wheatsheaf. 322 p. ISBN: 9780133753950.
Feminist Readings / Feminists Reading
Mills, S., Pearce, L. 1996 2nd ed. New York : Harvester Wheatsheaf. 432 p. ISBN: 0133753956.
Finding a place from which to write: the methodology of feminist textual practice
Pearce, L. 1/09/1995 In: Feminist cultural theory. Manchester : Manchester University Press p. 81-96. 16 p. ISBN: 9780719044700.
Written on tablets of stone: Roland Barthes, Jeanette Winterson and the discourse of romantic love
Pearce, L. 1/09/1995 In: Volcanoes and pearl divers. London : Onlywomen Press p. 81-96. 16 p. ISBN: 9780906500484.
Pearce, L., Stacey, J. 1995 New York University Press. 310 p. ISBN: 9780814766309 .
Pre-Raphaelite painting and the female spectator: Dante Gabriel Rossetti's 'The Beloved'
Pearce, L. 1/09/1994 In: Gendering the reader. Hemel Hempstead : Harvester Wheatsheaf p. 155-172. 18 p. ISBN: 9780745011295.
Reading as autobiography
Pearce, L. 1/07/1994 In: Changing our lives. London : Pluto Press p. 159-169. 11 p. ISBN: 9780845307527.
'I the reader': text, context and the balance of power
Pearce, L. 1/05/1994 In: Feminist subjects, multi-media. Manchester : Manchester University Press ISBN: 9780719041808.
Pearce, L. 1994 London : Hodder Arnold. 221 p. ISBN: 9780340550526.
Women's writing and dialogic theory
Pearce, L. 1/07/1992 In: Working out. London : Falmer Press ISBN: 9780750700436.
John Clare's 'Child Harold': the road not taken
Pearce, L. 1/09/1991 In: Feminist Criticism:. Hemel-Hempstead : Harvester Wheatsheaf p. 143-156. 13 p. ISBN: 9780802069245.
Woman/Image/Text: Readings in Pre-Raphaelite Art and Literature
Pearce, L. 1991 Prentice Hall. 161 p. ISBN: 0802069126 .
Feminist readings/feminists reading
Mills, S., Pearce, L., Spaull, S., Millard, E. 1/09/1989 Hemel Hempstead : Harvester Wheatsheaf. 268 p. ISBN: 9780710812421.
John Clare's 'Child Harold': a polyphonic reading
Pearce, L. 1/04/1989 In: Criticism: A quarterly for literature and the arts. 31, 2, p. 139-157. 19 p.
ISF: Mobile Utopia 1851 - 2051
01/02/2016 → 31/12/2016
North-West Writers into Schools
30/04/2014 → 30/06/2015
Moving Manchester: How the experience of migration has informed writing in Manchester from 1960-the present.
01/01/2006 → 31/12/2010
- CeMoRe - Centre for Mobilities Research
- Centre for Gender and Women's Studies
- Centre for Transcultural Writing and Research
- Literature, Space and Place
- Transcultural Writing