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Claire Drewery

Dr Claire Drewery

Senior Lecturer


Claire is a Senior Lecturer in English literature and has been Course Leader for BA English Literature since September 2015. She values her interaction with students and the opportunity this has given to develop a diverse range of modules and a variety of teaching and learning methods. Her teaching is informed by her main research interests, which include modernism, literary and popular cultures, visual media, literary theory, liminality and short fiction. In addition, Claire is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and one of the founding members of the May Sinclair Society.

  • About

    Since joining Sheffield Hallam University in 2009 Claire has had the opportunity of developing and delivering a diverse range of teaching across a variety of formats: seminars, study-skills workshops, one-on-one supervision, interactive lectures and student-led sessions. She has written and taught modules on ‘The City in Literature’, ‘Children’s Literature’, ‘Literary Contexts’, ‘Great Contemporary Texts and Popular Culture’ and ‘Adaptation: Text to Screen, Screen to Text’. She has also delivered a series of specialist, interactive lectures on short fiction. She has specific interests in dystopian, war and interwar literature which have informed many of the seminars delivered across the range of modules she teaches. Out of these sessions, students have been inspired to develop some fascinating, original undergraduate dissertations which she has been privileged to supervise.

    Claire's main research interests are in Modernism and twentieth-century literary cultures. In July 2013 she co-founded the May Sinclair Society and organised and hosted their first International Symposium at Sheffield Hallam. She is the author of Modernist Short Fiction by Women: the Liminal in Katherine Mansfield, Dorothy Richardson, May Sinclair and Virginia Woolf (Ashgate 2011). Her chapter on ‘Liminal and “Liminoid” Discourses in Modernist Women’s Short Fiction: Performance, Spectatorship, and Cinema’ appeared in Liminality and the Short Story (2014). She has recently published essays on ‘“The failure of this now so independently assertive reality”: Mysticism, Idealism and the Reality Aesthetic in Dorothy Richardson’s Short Fiction’ and ‘The Modernist Short Story: Fractured Perspectives’. 

    Claire is now working on an article entitled ‘“Unmasking” Gender, Sexuality and Performativity in Oscar Wilde and Katherine Mansfield’. Current book projects include a collection of critical essays on May Sinclair’s Modernism: Rethinking Bodies and Minds (co-edited with Dr. Rebecca Bowler), under contract with Edinburgh University Press, and a monograph exploring the connections between Modernism, visual cultures and performativity.

    Specialist areas of interest

    Claire's main research interests are in Modernism, twentieth-century literary cultures, literary and cultural theory, visual and popular cultures, women’s writing, liminality and short fiction.

  • Teaching

    Department of Humanities

    Social Sciences and Arts


    English Literature

    Claire is Module Leader for ‘Children’s Literature’ and she teaches on a number of other modules in the Department, including ‘Introduction to English Studies’ and ‘Literature in the Twentieth Century’.

  • Research

    I am currently editing Dorothy Richardson’s short fiction. In addition, I am a member of the Editorial and Advisory Boards of the Dorothy Richardson Scholarly Editions Project.

  • Publications

    Journal articles

    Bowler, R., & Drewery, C. (2020). 'One Hundred Years of the Stream of Consciousness: Editors' Introduction. Literature Compass, 17 (6), e12570.

    Drewery, C. (2018). Which of my many … hundreds of selves?’ Extending Mansfield’s Posthumous Literary Reception’. Katherine Mansfield Studies, 11 (Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf), 199-212.

    Drewery, C. (2011). 'The failure of this now so independently assertive reality’: Mysticism, idealism and the reality aesthetic in Dorothy Richardson’s shorter fiction. Pilgrimages:The Journal of Dorothy Richardson Studies, 4.

    Book chapters

    Drewery, C. (2020). Katherine Mansfield and Sexuality. In The Bloomsbury Handbook to Katherine Mansfield. Bloomsbury

    Drewery, C., & Bowler, R. (2016). May Sinclair's Interdisciplinarity. In May Sinclair Re-Thinking Bodies and Minds. (May Sinclair: Re-Thinking Bodies and Minds). Edinburgh University Press

    Drewery, C. (2016). 'Transgressing Boundaries, Transcending Bodies: Sublimation and the Abject Corpus in Uncanny Stories and Tales Told by SImpson'. In May SInclair: Re-Thinking Bodies and Minds. Edinburgh University Press

    Drewery, C. (2016). The modernist short story: Fractured perspectives. In The Cambridge History of the English Short Story. (pp. 135-151).

    Drewery, C. (2015). Liminal and liminoid discourses in modernist women’s short fiction : performance, spectatorship, and cinema. In Achilles, J., & Bergmann, I. (Eds.) Liminality and the Short Story : Boundary Crossings in American, Canadian, and British Writing. (pp. 50-62). New York: Routledge:


    Bowler, R., & Drewery, C. (Eds.). (2016). May Sinclair Re-Thinking Bodies and Minds. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

    Drewery, C. (2011). Modernist short fiction by women : the liminal in Katherine Mansfield, Dorothy Richardson, May Sinclair and Virginia Woolf. Ashgate.

    Drewery, C. (2011). Modernist short fiction by women: The liminal in Katherine Mansfield, Dorothy Richardson, May Sinclair and Virginia Woolf.

    Scholarly editions

    Drewery, C., & Bowler, R. (Eds.). (2020). One Hundred Years of the Stream of Consciousness. Literature Compass.

  • Media

    The May Sinclair Society has a regularly-updated website, Facebook page and Twitter account.

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