Dr Lauren Watson


Lauren Watson


Lauren is freelance academic and lecturer in English literature with specialisms in mid-to-late Victorian literature, 20th Century fiction and literary theory.

Since completing her PhD at Lancaster University in 2007, she has been employed as a lecturer in English Literature at Lancaster University, the University of Cumbria and, most recently, Blackpool and Fylde College. She has also taught study skills to international students at Lancaster University.

Lauren has lectured on subjects as diverse as Irish drama, children’s literature, Shakespeare and women’s writing, and have also supervised final-year dissertations.

She have maintained a research profile during this time, including an article published in the international journal of literary theory 'Textual Practice'). Her current research involves the representation of female terrorism in the media, in the works of Julia Kristeva and in Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities

Expert In...

English Literature including 19th Century literature 20th Century fiction and theory)

Courses I Teach

Qualifications and Accolades

• PhD, 2007
• MA , 1998
• BA (Hons) English Literature and History, 1997

Teaching Qualifications
• New Approaches to University Teaching Certificate, 1999
• Postgraduate Certificate of Achievement in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, 2009
• Associate Member of Higher Education Academy, 2009

• Wallis Prize, awarded for highest final mark achieved by a BA student at Cumbria University, Lancaster, 1997
• St. Martin’s Governing Body Award, Cumbria University, 1997
• British Academy scholarship, 1997
• Lancaster University Scholarship, 1998-2001

Industry Background

Visiting speaker at Lancaster LitFest, 2012
Visiting speaker at the Bronte Parsonage Trust’s sixth-form conference, 2016

Professional Activities

• Books:
“Contingencies and Masterly Fictions”: Countertextuality in Dickens, Contemporary Fiction and Theory (Cambridge Scholar Press, 1 August 2010)

• Articles:
• ‘Mimics, Counterfeits and ‘Other’ Bad Copies: Forging the Currency of Class and Colonialism in Great Expectations’, Textual Practice (2011)
• Currently working on article provisionally entitled ‘Dickens, Kristeva and the Female Terrorist’ intended for submission to Nineteenth Century Contexts

• Papers:
• Anglo-Saxon Attitudes Conference, University of Salford, ‘”Ye Sheep without a Shepherd”: Ruskin, Jefferies and the Radical Conservatism of the English Pastoral Imagination’, 1999
• Metaphors of Economy Conference, University of East Anglia, ‘Counterfeiting and Colonialism in Great Expectations and Peter Carey’s Jack Maggs’, 2000
• Victorian Cultures Conference, University of Herefordshire, ‘The Location of Culture in Great Expectations’, 2000

Why B&FC?

Through our University Centre, Blackpool and Fylde College offers students the opportunity to access higher education whilst retaining the pastoral ethos of a smaller college. Our English degree is validated by Lancaster University and represents superb value for money compared to other larger institutions. Our excellent facilities are easily accessible to local students, who also have the opportunity to use the library at Lancaster University should they choose. Our location within the Creative Arts Curriculum Area allows English students to collaborate informally with students on other courses, such as scriptwriting, design and performing arts.
Unlike many universities our lecturers have the time to mentor individual students, and support them with academic or personal issues. In the English Department, we build close relationships with our students and encourage them to fulfil their potential.


‘The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool’- As You Like It, William Shakespeare