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Dr. Theresa Saxon

Dr. Theresa Saxon

Resources Manages and Academic Development Lead

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Livesey House. LH211

+44 (0) 1772 89 3031

Subject Areas: English Literature

Theresa is a Principal Lecturer in English Literature and Academic Development Lead in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and a Resources and Recruitment Manager in the School of Language and Global Studies and researches theatre history and literary culture. She has also published widely on gender, race and performance. Her next book is a study of Transatlantic theatre in the nineteenth century. 

Theresa is a member of the of Literature and Cultures Research Group.

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In addition to her work on behalf of the Student Experience at UCLan, Theresa specialises in teaching eighteenth and nineteenth century literary and theatre culture, particularly focusing on race and gender in performance history. Theresa also leads our module on CSI: Lit. She is a qualified Higher Education practitioner, and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Additionally, Theresa supervises postgraduate research projects in literature and theatre and welcomes postgraduate proposals in any area of theatre culture from 1800-1950s.

Theresa is also a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts and has been a visiting scholar at universities in America.

Theresa’s monograph on American Theatre was published in 2011 and she has also produced a series of articles on popular theatre of the nineteenth century, particularly pantomime and burlesque, American playwright Clyde Fitch and “In Dahomey,” the first black American musical comedy to feature on London Stages in 1902. She is currently researching extended projects in Transatlantic theatre for Edinburgh University Press, conducting research into the plays and dramatic writings/performances of Charles Dickens, as well as a study of nineteenth-century American actor, Ira Aldridge. Theresa is also involved in a Digital Humanities project in collaboration with Hofstra, New York, on Irish playwright, Dion Boucicault.

Theresa actively supports the American studies research community and was Treasurer of the British Association for American Studies Executive Committee (2008-2012). Theresa is also an active member of the European Association for American Studies.

Theresa obtained her first degree and her PhD (2003) at Manchester Metropolitan University and has been teaching at UCLan since 2005.

Theresa has had an article published on The Conversation, entitled ‘Titter ye not – Swallows and Amazons goes all Victorian’


Academic Qualifications
2003 PhD Literature: ‘Faraway Places and Distant Horizons: The Melodramatic Expanses of Herman Melville and Henry James.’ Awarded at Viva.

1998 BA (First Class) Hons. English Literature Manchester Metropolitan University. Awarded Head of Department’s Prize.

Professional Qualifications
2006 Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education. Institute of Education, Manchester Metropolitan University.


Selected Publications

Saxon, Theresa (2016) The Ghost Dance : (In)justice and native American Performance. In: America : Jusice, Conflict, War. Universitatsverlag, Heidelberg. ISBN 978-3-8253-7601-7 (In Press) Item availability may be restricted.  
Saxon, Theresa (2015) In Dahomey in England: A (negative) transatlantic performance heritage. Atlantic Studies: Global Currents . pp. 1-17. ISSN 1478-8810          

Saxon, Theresa (2013) Sexual transgression on the American stage: Clyde Fitch, Sapho, and the 'American Girl'. Literature Compass, 10 (10). pp. 735-747. ISSN 1741-4113             

Saxon, Theresa (2011) American Theatre: History, Context, Form. BAAS Paperbacks . Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. ISBN 9780748645206 Item not available from this repository.

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External Activities

  • Associate Editor ‘American Literature to 1900’ Year’s Work in English Studies (Oxford University Press)
  • Treasurer, British Association for American Studies 2008-2012 and 2014/15.
  • Editorial board of the Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies.
  • Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy.


  • Royal Society for the Arts
  • British Association for American Studies
  • European Association for American Studies
  • Association for Theatre in Higher Education
  • American Society for Theatre Research


Selected Conferences and Workshops

  • “From The Octoroon to An Octoroon (in collaboration with Professor Lisa Merrill) the British Association for American Studies, Belfast 7-10 April 2016.
  • In Dahomey in England: A (Negative) Transatlantic Performance Heritage,” Collegium for African American Research, Liverpool 21-24 June 2015.
  • “Replaying The Octoroon,” with Professor Lisa Merrill, Hofstra, American Society for Theatre Research, Baltimore, USA, November 21-23, 2014
  • “The Ghost Dance: (In)justice and Native American Performance” European Association for American Studies, The Hague, Netherlands, April 11-13 2013
  • Workshop Organiser European Association for American Studies, biennial conference, Izmir, Turkey, ‘The Health of the Nation,’ March 30–April 2, 2011
  •  ‘“Racial impersonation and colonial masquerade”: The Politics of Spectacle in early Colonial Performances.’ British Association for American Studies, University of East Anglia, April 2010
  •  ‘“A Pair of handsome Legs”: From Breeches to Burlesque on Nineteenth-Century Stages,’ British Association for American Studies, University of Nottingham, April 2009.
  • ‘The Art of Theatre in Nineteenth-Century America: George L. Fox, Pantomime and Artaud,’ British Association for American Studies, University of Leicester, April 2008.

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

American Literature, American Culture and CSI: Lit – guest lectures on eighteenth and nineteenth century theatre culture. 


American and Transatlantic theatre research


Digital Humanities project on Dion Boucicault’ The Octoroon, in collaboration with Lisa Merrill, Professor of Rhetoric and the Digital Research centre at Hofstra, New York