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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.
My main area of research is contemporary womens 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 Robertss 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.
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 Days’ Feminist 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 Womens 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 Alice’ Entertext , 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 Italy’ Women: A Cultural Review , 25 (2), pp. 194-214. ISSN 0957-4042
Falcus, S (2013) ‘Addressing Age in Michèle Roberts's Reader, I Married Him’ Contemporary 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 Barker’ Ageing 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 Irigaray’ The literary encyclopedia . ISSN 1747-678X
Falcus, S (2010) ‘Delivering the Songs of the Sibyls in Michele Roberts's The Book of Mrs Noah’ Topic: 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 Street’ Journal 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: Impossible Saints’ The literary encyclopedia . ISSN 1747-678X
Falcus, S (2006) ‘Michèle Roberts: The Mistress Class’ The literary encyclopedia . ISSN 1747-678X
Falcus, S (2003) ‘Her Odyssey, Herstory in Michèle Roberts's Fair Exchange’ Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction , 44 (3), pp. 237-250. ISSN 0011-1619
Falcus, S (2002) ‘Truth and Lies, History and Fiction, in Michèle Robertss The Looking Glass’ Ecloga (2). ISSN 1473-2777
I am happy to supervise research students in areas of contemporary womens 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:
I am currently supervising a number of PhD students on topics as diverse as matron lit and South Asian womens literature.