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Dr. Theresa Saxon

Dr. Theresa Saxon

Senior Lecturer

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Harrington Building, HA210

+44 (0) 1772 89 3031

Subject Areas: English Literature

Theresa Saxon is a senior lecturer in English Literature, with research interests in theatre history and literary culture. Her book, American Theatre: History, Context, Form, was published by Edinburgh University Press in 2011 and she has published articles in peer-reviewed journals on theatre culture. She is currently working on Transatlantic theatre in the nineteenth century and, as part of that project, has embarked on a series of public talks on ‘Dickens and Drama'.

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

Full Profile

Theresa specialises in teaching eighteenth and nineteenth century literary and theatre cultures. She delivers core modules to students on our undergraduate programmes, and also leads on our MA in International Literature. Additionally, Theresa supervises postgraduate research projects in literature and theatre.

Theresa welcomes postgraduate proposals in any area of theatre culture from 1800-1950s.

Theresa is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a qualified practitioner, completing her Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education in 2006.

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

In addition to her monograph on American Theatre,Theresa has also published articles on popular theatre of the nineteenth century, particularly pantomime and burlesque, and is currently researching extended projects in Transatlantic theatre and American playwright, Clyde Fitch, as well conducting research into the plays and dramatic writings/performances of Charles Dickens.

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 and the Transatlantic Studies Association.

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

Sexual Transgression on the American Stage: Clyde Fitch, Sapho and the “American Girl”’, Literature Compass, Volume 10, Issue 10, pages 735–747, October 2013

American Theatre: History, Content, Form. Edinburgh University Press (2011)

The Art of Theatre in Nineteenth-Century America: George L. Fox, Pantomime and Artaud,’ Literature Compass, Volume 7, Issue 9, September 2010, pp. 753–762

A Pair of Handsome Legs: From Breeches to Burlesque on nineteenth-century American stages’, Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies, 15:1, 2009 pp.27-44

‘Introduction: Expanding American Theatre History,’ Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies 15:1, 2009 pp.6-10.

More publications


External Activities

  • Higher Education Academy (Fellow)
  • Royal Society for the Arts (Fellow)
  • British Association for American Studies
  • European Association for American Studies
  • External Examiner American Studies (Lincoln)
  • Associate Editor 'American Literature to 1900', Year's Work in English Studies (OUP)
  • Editorial Board for Hungarian Journal of English and American Literature
  • Memberships

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts
  • Member British Association for American Studies (treasurer 2008-2012)
  • Member European Association for American Studies
  • Member Transatlantic Studies Association
  • Conferences

    Theresa regularly attends academic conferences to present her work and has organised international conferences in American studies, including the British Association for American Studies Annual Conference (2010).

    Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

    Theresa is Course Leader for BA (Hons) in English Literature and English and American Literature as well as Subject Leader for Literature and Cultures at UCLan. Theresa teaches on core modules: EN1214 History of English Literature, EN2128 From the Restoration to the Revolution: Literary Culture 1660-1789, EN2129 The Literature of the Long Nineteenth Century, as well as optional modules in drama. Theresa also heads up the MA International Literature.


    In addition to publishing on American theatre, Theresa is developing three extended research projects, on Transatlantic Theatre 1702-1914, a biography of Clyde Fitch and an assessment of Charles Dickens as a playwright and performer. Theresa also gives public talks on literary culture, particularly on Charles Dickens, as well as theatre culture.

    Building on her research interests in literary culture, Theresa is part of a team developing a series of public engagement talks in literature, involving visits to major literary sites, for example, the Lake District and Haworth. If you are interested in attending these talks, please contact Theresa for further information.