Dr Whitney Standlee

Dr Whitney Standlee, Senior Lecturer in English Literature

Senior Lecturer in English Literature, School Quality Coordinator

English Media and Culture

Contact Details

email: w.standlee@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 543208

Dr Whitney Standlee is a specialist in literature of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, with particular research interests in Irish women’s writing and migrant literature. Her publications include two recent books on the subject of Irish women’s writing. She teaches on a range of core and elective modules at all levels, all of which deal at least in part with nineteenth- and early twentieth century literature.

She has also acted as an adviser for the National Trust Exhibition on the suffragist Emily Massingberd staged at Gunby Hall in Lincolnshire in 2018, and is on the board of the Irish Women’s Writing 1880-1920 Network.

Whitney was born and raised in America, and has loved reading fiction and poetry for as long as she can remember. She moved to the UK more than two decades ago, and it was in the UK that she completed her doctorate, at the University of Liverpool, in 2011.

In addition to her research and teaching, she occasionally takes students on study trips to Ireland and other fascinating places.

She is the School Quality Coordinator. 

Further and Higher Education


PhD in Literature, University of Liverpool (2011) - Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

MA, University of Central Lancashire (2007) - Distinction

BA (Hons) English Literature, University of Central Lancashire (2005) – First Class Honours


Professional Qualifications


Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching for Higher Education, University of Worcester (2014)




ENGL1103: Ways of Reading, Ways of Writing

ENGL1106: Places and Spaces

ENGL1107: Writing Worcester: Past and Present

ENGL2202: Literature in English Around the World

ENGL2203: Gothic Literature

ENGL3011: Cities and Fiction

Research Interests

Whitney specialises in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century (to 1930) literature, with particular interests in Irish women’s writing, American and Irish migrant literature, New Woman fiction, proto-modernist short stories and periodical fiction of the period.

She would welcome PhD applications in any of her areas of research expertise.

Membership of Professional Bodies

Fellow, Higher Education Academy         

International Association for the Study of Irish Literature (IASIL)

British Association of Irish Studies (BAIS)

Irish Women’s Writing 1880-1920 Network Team

Selected Publications


(with Anna Pilz) Irish Women’s Writing, 1878-1922: Advancing the Cause of Liberty (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2016/Paperback 2018)

 ‘Power to Observe’: Irish Women Novelists in Britain, 1890-1916 (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2015)

Journal Articles:

‘George Egerton, James Joyce and the Irish Künstlerroman, Irish Studies Review, vol. 18, no. 4 (November 2010), pp. 439-452.

Chapters in Edited Volumes:

‘The “Wire-Puller”: L. T. Meade, Atalanta and the Development of the Short Story’, The Modern Short Story and the Magazines: 1880-1950, eds. Elke D’hoker and Chris Mourant (Forthcoming, Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2020).

(with Anna Pilz) ‘Introduction’, Irish Women’s Writing 1878-1922: Advancing the Cause of Liberty (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2016/Paperback 2018).

‘”Girls with Go: Female Homosociality in L. T. Meade’s Schoolgirl Novels’, Irish Women’s Writing 1878-1922: Advancing the Cause of Liberty (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2016/Paperback 2018).

‘The “Personal Element” and Emily Lawless’s Hurrish (1886)’, Fictions of the Land War, eds. Heidi Hansson and James H. Murphy (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2014).

‘”A World of Difference”:  London and Ireland in the Works of Katharine Tynan’, The Other Capital - Irish Writing London, ed. Tom Herron (London and New York:  Continuum, 2013)

‘Katharine Tynan's Novels and the Politics of Ireland's “Long Gestation”, 1890-1916’, The Politics of Irish Writing, eds. Jencova et al (Prague:  Charles University Press, 2010), pp. 109-117.



‘Review. London Irish Fictions: Narrative, Diaspora and Identity by Tony Murray’, ABEI Journal 14 (November 2012), pp. 149-50.



(with Anna Pilz) ‘ “A ghostly tradition underfoot”: the salvaging of Irish women’s writing’, Irish Times (6 April 2018).


(with Glynis Charlton, Kate Eggleston-Wirtz, Sue Flowers, Liz Graham and Terry Quinn) Into the Light (2018), ed. Kate Eggleston-Wirtz.

External Roles

Reader for International Yeats Studies

Reader for UCD (University College Dublin) Press

Research adviser for the National Trust Exhibition on Emily Massingberd (Suffragist and Founder of the Pioneer Club) at Gunby Hall (Lincolnshire), 2018

Network Team and UK Outreach Coordinator for the Irish Women’s Writing 1880-1920 Network

Contributor, ‘Into the Light’ Collaborative Art/Poetry Project, Urban Arts Studio, Lytham St. Annes, Lancashire (2018)