Portrait of Dr Sarah Falcus Dr Sarah Falcus

s.j.falcus@hud.ac.uk | 0161 213(5084)


I joined the University of Huddersfield in 2008, having taught previously at a number of universities, including The Open University. I was awarded a PhD on the novels of Michèle Roberts from the University of Aberdeen in 2002. I also completed a PGCE in Further and Higher Education at the University of Wolverhampton in 2002. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research and Scholarship

My main area of research is contemporary women’s writing. My PhD concentrated on the prose fiction of Michèle Roberts, read in the light of feminist theory, particularly French feminism and theories of the maternal. I have since developed this into a book-length study, published by Peter Lang in 2007, and I continue to publish on Roberts’s work.

I am currently engaged in research into ageing and literature, sometimes called literary gerontology. My interests are particularly centred around the critical intersection of gender and age, drawing on work in the fields of both gerontology and literature. I concentrate mainly upon the work of contemporary women writers, exploring their writings about age in fiction and other forms. I am also exploring narratives of dementia in literature and popular culture, looking at fiction, the memoir, film and the graphic novel.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Falcus, S (2017) ‘The uneasy partnership of feminism and ageing in Carol Shields’s UnlessJournal of Romance Studies , 17 (3), pp. 311-326. ISSN 1473-3536


Falcus, S (2016) ‘Wicked Weldon: The ‘F Word’ and the Older Woman’. In: Literary Creativity and the Older Woman Writer. : Peter Lang. pp. 273-294. ISBN 978-3034321990


Falcus, S. and Sako, K. (2015) ‘Representing Dementia and Care in Post-war Japan: The Twilight Years, Memories of Tomorrow and Pecoross’ Mother and Her DaysFeminist Review , 111 (1), pp. 88-108. ISSN 0141-7789

Falcus, S (2015) ‘Fall[ing] out of the Past: Time, Ageing and Generations in Where Are the Snows’. In: Maggie Gee: Critical Essays. Canterbury: Gylphi. pp. 79-99. ISBN 978-1780240336

Falcus, S (2015) ‘Literature and aging’. In: Routledge Handbook of Cultural Gerontology. London: Routledge. pp. 53-60. ISBN 978-0415631143

Falcus, S (2015) ‘Alternative futures: Ageing and Identity in Contemporary Women’s Writing’. In: Conditioned Identities: Wished-for and Unwished-for Identities. : Peter Lang. pp. 303-322. ISBN 978-3034316187


Falcus, S (2014) ‘Storying Alzheimer's Disease in Lisa Genova's Still AliceEntertext , 11. ISSN 14723085

Falcus, S. and Sako, K. (2014) ‘Women, Travelling and Later Life’. In: Ageing, Popular Culture and Contemporary Feminism: Harleys and Hormones. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 203-218. ISBN 9781137376527

Falcus, S. and Sako, K. (2014) ‘‘I Must Learn to Grow Old before I Die’: Women, Ageing and Travels to ItalyWomen: A Cultural Review , 25 (2), pp. 194-214. ISSN 0957-4042


Falcus, S (2013) ‘Addressing Age in Michèle Roberts's Reader, I Married HimContemporary Women's Writing , 7 (1), pp. 18-34. ISSN 1754-1476

Falcus, S (2013) ‘Contesting gender in The Wasp Factory (1984), Whit (1995) and The Business (1999)’. In: The Transgressive Iain Banks: Essays on a Writer Beyond Borders. : McFarland. . ISBN 978-0-7864-4225-6


Falcus, S (2012) ‘Unsettling ageing in three novels by Pat BarkerAgeing and Society , 32 (8), pp. 1382-1398. ISSN 0144-686X


Tinker, A., Redmore, N., Massey, I., Falcus, S. and Caldwell, E. (2011) ‘Crossing Boundaries and Making Connections: an Integrated Approach to Assessment and Feedback’. In: Assessment and Feedback: From strength to strength. University of Huddersfield 6th Teaching and Learning Conference, 9th September 2011, University of Huddersfield

Falcus, S (2011) ‘Luce IrigarayThe literary encyclopedia . ISSN 1747-678X


Falcus, S (2010) ‘Delivering the Songs of the Sibyls in Michele Roberts's The Book of Mrs NoahTopic: The Washington and Jefferson College Review , 56, pp. 95-108. ISSN 0049-4127


Falcus, S (2007) ‘'A Complex Mixture of Fascination and Distaste': Relationships between Women in Pat Barker's Blow Your House Down, Liza's England and Union StreetJournal of Gender Studies , 16 (3), pp. 249-261. ISSN 09589236

Falcus, S (2007) Michèle Roberts: Myths, Mothers and Memories . Oxford: Peter Lang. ISBN 9783039110544

Falcus, S (2007) ‘Michèle Roberts: histories and herstories in In the Red Kitchen, Fair Exchange and The Looking Glass’’. In: Metafiction and Metahistory in Contemporary Women's Writing. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. . ISBN 9780230005044


Falcus, S (2006) ‘Michèle Roberts: The Mistress ClassThe literary encyclopedia . ISSN 1747-678X

Falcus, S (2006) ‘Michèle Roberts: Impossible SaintsThe literary encyclopedia . ISSN 1747-678X


Falcus, S (2003) ‘Her Odyssey, Herstory in Michèle Roberts's Fair ExchangeCritique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction , 44 (3), pp. 237-250. ISSN 0011-1619


Falcus, S (2002) ‘Truth and Lies, History and Fiction, in Michèle Roberts’s The Looking GlassEcloga (2). ISSN 1473-2777

Research Degree Supervision

I am happy to supervise research students in areas of contemporary women’s writing, ageing and literature, and feminist theory and literature. I am particularly interested in work relating to ageing in literature and contemporary culture. Suggested topics:

  • Writing beyond the second wave: ageing into postfeminism and beyond
  • The ageing female body in literature and culture
  • Narrating dementia
  • Writing the third and fourth ages
  • Ageing across and between generations in literature

I am currently supervising a number of PhD students on topics as diverse as ‘matron lit’ and South Asian women’s literature.