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Dr Julia Banister


Dr Julia Banister
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Dr Julia Banister

Senior Lecturer

School of Cultural Studies & Humanities

0113 81 29290 J.Banister@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

About Dr Julia Banister

Julia Banister holds a PhD from the University of Southampton and joined Leeds Beckett University having taught at the Universities of Sussex, Southampton, Portsmouth and Chichester. Her past teaching has included undergraduate and postgraduate courses, covering eighteenth and nineteenth-century literature, women’s writing, gothic literature, poetry and critical theory. 

With a particular interest in the study of masculinity, Julia’s research focuses on gender in the long eighteenth century. Her current work explores changing attitudes to militarism, specifically military service (army, navy and militia), and masculinity, and considers Augustan, gothic and Romantic literature, and the literatures of politeness and sensibility. She is also interested in representations of heroism and the function of celebrated military heroes in the public sphere.   
Julia has given papers for the National Maritime Museum and at the British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies. She has co-organized two conferences: ‘Centuries of Celebrity: Reconceptualising the meaning of Fame’ held at the University of East London in 2008, and ‘Writing Mothers\Daughters, 1780-2012’, held at Newman University College in 2012.

Current Teaching

  • Critical Reading
  • Eighteenth-Century Fiction
  • Gothic Fictions
  • Masculinity in the Long Eighteenth Century
  • Shakespearean Comedy
  • The Literatures of Romanticism

Research Interests

Julia is currently working on a monograph, Masculinity, Militarism and the Public Sphere, 1690-1780. This project maps the debate about the relationship between military service and manliness which took place throughout the eighteenth century. This interdisciplinary study brings together case-studies of celebrated naval trials, including Admirals John Byng and Augustus Keppel, and literary and philosophical texts, including works by Joseph Addison, Richard Steele, David Hume, Adam Smith, Laurence Sterne, James Boswell and Henry Mackenzie.

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