Louisa Hadley earned her PhD from The University of Edinburgh in 2005. Her thesis focused on the contemporary genre of neo-Victorian fiction, considering the intersections between the contemporary, postmodern, and Victorian moments while remaining grounded in the historical context of Victorian narrative forms. Dr. Hadley has developed this interest, focusing on how contemporary writers negotiate their relationship to the Victorian past through historical narratives. She has published various journal articles in this area as well as the monograph Neo-Victorian Fiction and Historical Narrative: The Victorians and Us (Palgrave, 2010). Her current project examines the use of genealogical narratives in neo-Victorian fiction, which is an invited submission for a special issue of ANGLISTIK entitled “Focus on Twenty-First Century Literature”.
Louisa Hadley’s research also examines the impact of Thatcher and Thatcherism on British literature and culture from the 1980s to the present. Her most recent publication in this area is the book Responding to Margaret Thatcher’s Death (Palgrave Pivot, 2014), which problematises the division of responses into respectful/disrespectful, legitimate/illegitimate, official/unofficial. Through analysis of social media posts, obituaries, political tributes, cartoons, and music, this project highlights how responses to Thatcher’s death blurred the boundaries between the public and the private and the extent to which these responses are implicated in gender politics.
Neo-Victorian fiction, historical narratives, contemporary women writers, Margaret Thatcher
Contributions to Dawson’s Community:
Louisa Hadley currently serves on the ISEP committee and on the Diagnostic Imaging Program Committee
Hadley, Louisa. Responding to Margaret Thatcher’s Death: #Nowthatcherisdead. Palgrave Pivot, 2014.
Hadley, Louisa. Neo-Victorian Fiction and Historical Narrative: The Victorians and Us. Palgrave MacMillan, 2010
Hadley, Louisa and Elizabeth Ho. (Eds.). Thatcher & After: Margaret Thatcher and Her Afterlife in Contemporary Culture. Palgrave MacMillan, 2010.
Hadley, Louisa. The Fiction of A.S Byatt. Palgrave MacMillan, 2008.
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