The Gothic Doll

I signed my first book contract today! It’s a goal that I’ve been working towards for the past six years, and have been really focusing on for the past two years as a part of my post-doctoral programme.

Palgrave Contract
Contract for The Gothic Doll monograph

The provisional title of my book is The Gothic Doll: Gender Construction and Female Identity in Gothic Narratives and it will be part of the Palgrave Gothic Series which is edited by Professor Clive Bloom. The central focus of my research will examine how the Gothic doll differs from her more familiar Horror counterpart in her representation of female identity. It will explore the doll motif in a selection of eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth-century Gothic narratives ranging from classic literature to hypertexts, contemporary stop-motion films, and surrealist art. It’s a project that I’ve loved from the very beginning and one that I’m so happy to continue working on. I only hope that it will turn out as interesting as I imagine it to be in my head.

It’s going to be a busy year of research and writing but I’m looking forward to every minute of it and am so excited to have my first book published in conjunction with 2018’s Year of Publishing Women! #readwomen


My Literary Life

Welcome to my first blog post!

My name is Donna Mitchell and I’m a Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow in English Literature at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick.

I completed my PhD in Gothic literature back in 2014 so I’ve been researching female identity in Gothic narratives for the last few years and have been meaning to start a blog for quite some time. My latest work examines the Gothic doll and I’m writing a few papers on just that at the moment so I’m guessing that my first few posts will allude to them. I’ll also post the odd #cfp for my fellow academics.

When I’m not reading for research or reviewing purposes I like to choose books on women writers and/or their work, and I’m slowly building up a little library for myself. I was very lucky to teach a module on Women’s Poetry this semester so I spent a lot of time looking at Sylvia Plath and Margaret Atwood, and have promised myself to read more of their work during the summer months.

I’m a strong supporter of #ReadWomen so any suggestions of blogs that refer to that hashtag or subject matter are most welcome.

I look forward to sharing my posts and hope you’ll enjoy them.