Dr Charlotte Terrell


I'm a JRF at Worcester College, researching fiction and the novel across the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. I have particular interests in writing about the overlap between producers and consumers of literature, the structures of belief and enchantment elicited by (or described within) fiction, and more recently, literary histories of publishing and editorial work. I'm currently working on my first monograph, Critical Enchantments, a study of literary fictions which both articulate modes of aesthetic enchantment and reproduce aspects of literary criticism--close reading, etymological attention, citation, lecturing, essay writing, research. Through reading the fiction and authorial personae of Nicola Barker, J. M. Coetzee, Toni Morrison, Ali Smith and Colson Whitehead, Critical Enchantments charts how these novels spend considerable time modelling competing projections of reception and readership and asks what this proximity between literary production and literary consumption can tell us about the role of enchantment in demarcating distinct audiences and intellectual communities.

I am also working on a second book project that charts the role of women novelists--Muriel Spark, Jeanette Winterson, and Toni Morrison among others--in various postwar locales of publishing, and asks how the affective, invisible work of editing poses challenges to twentieth-century literary histories of authorial creativity and affective labour.

My work is out, or forthcoming, in The Cambridge Companion to British Fiction: 1980-2018, Narrative, Women: A Cultural Review and The Edinburgh Companion to Women in Publishing 1900-2000.


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