• 9 Citations
  • 1 h-Index

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I am currently Reader in English Literature at Edge Hill University, having taught at the universities of York, Manchester, Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores, and, most recently, at the University of Salford, where I lectured in Contemporary British Poetry.

I gained my BA in English Literature, my MA (with Distinction) from Bristol University, and was awarded my PhD by the University of York.

The main focus of my academic research/publications is on gender and sexuality. Originally a medievalist by training, my published work now focuses equally on contemporary British Literature and I have particular research interests in the poetic work of Carol Ann Duffy and Lee Harwood and in the fictions of Susan Hill, Hilary Mantel and Sarah Waters.

I was appointed to the Peer Review College for the Arts and Humanities Research Council in 2016 and am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  My books include a study of medieval anchoritic ideology from c.1080 to c.1500 (University of Wales Press, 2012) and the first full-length monograph on the complete poetic works of the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy (forthcoming for Manchester University Press), a project for which I was awarded a British Academy Grant. I have also written for the national press, including the Guardian and the Times Higher Education Supplement.  My media appearances include work for Channel 4 and I have hosted two television series: ‘About Books’ and ‘52%’ for Bay / Made TV.

At Edge Hill I supervise doctoral and master’s level work on gender, sexuality and women’s literature. I am also the chair of GenSex, Edge Hill University’s Gender and Sexuality Research Group. I was the programme leader for the former MA in Women’s Writing from 2006-9 and now lead modules on the MA in English. My undergraduate teaching is primarily focused on Contemporary English Literature and on the literature of the Middle Ages & Renaissance.

Research Interests

  • Contemporary British literature and culture, especially poetry.
  • Medieval/Renaissance literature and culture, especially anchoritism.
  • Critical & cultural theory, including gender, sexuality & feminisms.
  • Sexuality, same-sex desire, suffering, space.
  • Women’s writing and the development of female authorship.

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Research Output

  • 9 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
  • 7 Chapter
  • 2 Book
  • 2 Article

'Clemence of Barking' in The Encyclopedia of Medieval British Literature

Hughes-Edwards, M., 1 Jun 2016, (Accepted/In press) The Encyclopedia medieval Literature in Britain. Echard, S., Rouse, R., Stodnick, J., Rector, G. & Fulton, H. (eds.). Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, Vol. 1. p. 523-524

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • ‘Better a prison … than a madhouse!’: Incarceration and the Neo-Victorian Fictions of Sarah Waters’.

    Hughes-Edwards, M., 8 Aug 2016, Sarah Waters and Contemporary Feminisms. Adele, J. & Claire, OC. (eds.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 133-151 24 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • The Role of the Anchoritic Guidance Writer: Goscelin of St. Bertin

    Hughes-Edwards, M., Apr 2013, Anchoritism in the Middle Ages: Texts and Traditions. Innes-Parker, C. & Kukita Yoshikawa, N. (eds.). Cardiff: University of Wales Press, p. 31-45

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Anchoritism: the English Tradition

    Hughes-Edwards, M., 2010, Anchoritic Traditions of Medieval Europe. Herbert McAvoy, L. (ed.). Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, p. 131-152 256 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


    • 1 Organising a conference, workshop, ...

    Carol Ann Duffy: the Legacy of the Laureateship


    5 Sep 20196 Sep 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...