Centre for Languages and Literature

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University


I come from a literature and cultural studies background, and much of my research looks at how literary works from the interwar period function as cultural artefacts. I am interested in where we draw the line between literary and non-literary fiction. I have a particular interest in modernist literature, the detective novel and the desert romance genre. I am currently working on a project which examines the connection between sport and war in the modernist novel. My research interests extend to teaching literature, literary theory, and the contemporary novel. I came to Lund University in 2011 having completed my AHRC funded PhD thesis at Newcastle University.


About the research

My PhD thesis on conceptions of sovereignty and domesticity in interwar women’s writing explored the relationships between popular low- or middlebrow fiction and modernist fiction. I have published work on the popular romance writer E.M. Hull. My research on this project also takes me into the territory of travel writing. Additional research interests include ecofeminism and modernism as well as the representation of women’s physical education in interwar literature. In 2010 I was awarded a Dissertation Research Fellowship at the Harry Ransom Center in Austin, Texas for work on the archives of Marie Belloc Lowndes. I have also conducted AHRC funded research in Tasmania and was visiting researcher at ANU in Canberra in the summer of 2009.


Books (2)
Articles (7)
Book chapters (1)
Encyclopaedia entries (3)
Conference contributions (9)
Reviews (5)
Articles in specialist publications and popular press (5)
Miscellaneous (2)

Research portal (Lund University)


Other tasks and qualifications

In addition to my research activities I have also been involved in the organisation of several conferences. I acted as co-organiser for the three-day international conference, "Echoes of the Past: Women, History, Memory in Fiction and Film" (2009), and the one day postgraduate symposium, "A Woman's Place: Locating the Feminine in Modern and Contemporary Culture"(2008). Both of these conferences were held at Newcastle University.

Ellen Turner

Senior Lecturer
English Studies
Centre for Languages and Literature

Contact information

E-mail ellen.turnerenglund.luse

Phone +46 46 222 75 51

Room SOL:H319

Visiting address Helgonabacken 12, Lund

Postal address Box 201, 221 00 Lund

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