Dr Catherine Wynne

Senior Lecturer/ Director of Postgraduate Taught (English subject group) / Ambassador for the School of Arts FACE Employee Experience

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education


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Catherine specialises in 19th and post-19th century literature and visual culture, with particular focus on the Gothic, war art, Victorian theatre, travel writing, and colony and empire.

She has published monographs on Bram Stoker and Arthur Conan Doyle, and has written a biography of Lady Butler, Victorian Britain’s leading war artist.

Catherine has spoken about Stoker at the British Library and has been a guest expert on her research areas for the BBC World Service, BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4 (Woman’s Hour) and BBC 2 television. She also co-wrote the voice-over for a Stoker documentary for Irish Television (RTÉ).


Research Interests

  • Bram Stoker

  • Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Lady Butler

  • Gothic

  • Victorian literature and culture

  • War art from the Victorians to the First World War

  • Victorian theatre

  • Empire and colony

  • Travel writing

Research groups


Catherine Wynne, Lady Butler: Painting, Travel and WarDublin: Four Courts Press, 2018. (Supported by a grant from the Ferens Education Trust)

Catherine Wynne,  Bram Stoker, Dracula and the Victorian Gothic Stage. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. (Supported by a grant from the British Academy)

Catherine Wynne, The Colonial Conan Doyle: British Imperialism, Irish Nationalism, and the Gothic, Westport, Connecticut and London: Greenwood Press, 2002.

Catherine Wynne, Bram Stoker and the Gothic: Formations to Transformations, Basingstoke: Palgrave (2016)

Catherine Wynne, Bram Stoker and the Stage: Reviews, Reminiscences, Essays and Fiction, 2 vols, London: Pickering & Chatto (2012)

Full list


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Gothic (level 6, Convenor)

  • Voyage Out: Travel, Empire and Cultural Encounters (Level 5, Convenor)

  • Reading Fiction (Level 4)

  • Dissertation

  • Bram Stoker: Literature, Theatre and the Gothic (Level 7, Convenor)

  • Guided Independent Research Essay (Level 7)

  • MA Dissertation (Level 7, Convenor)

Research PhDs

Catherine welcomes PhD applications from students who are interested in the following areas: Gothic, 19th-century British and Irish writing, travel writing and illustration, Victorian melodrama, Bram Stoker, Conan Doyle, Lady Butler, postcolonial writing.

Completed PhDs

  • Dr David Beck, 'I see you have quite gone over to the supernaturalists': The spiritual and scientific Arthur Conan Doyle (2012)

  • Dr Sara Williams, The Maternal Gaze in the Gothic (2011)

Current PhD supervisions 

Primary supervisor for two current international PhD students. One is working on the family in postcolonial writing and the second on Brian Friel. Also co-supervising a PhD in Creative Writing (a novel).

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education

  • Working towards a HEA Senior Fellowship

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA (English and French), National University of Ireland, Galway

  • MA (Modern English and American Literature), University College Dublin

  • DPhil Bram Stoker, Arthur Conan Doyle and the Colonial Gothic, Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford     

External roles

  • On the Editorial Board for Palgrave Gothic

  • Member of the Scholarships Committee of the British Federation of Women Graduates since 2010

  • Member of the Advisory board of the Journal of Literature and Science

  • Peer reviewer for Cornell University Press, Routledge, Clemson University Press, Palgrave, Manchester University Press, Notes and Queries, English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920, Journal of Victorian Culture, Gothic Studies, Clio and other journals and publishers

Awards and accolades

  • Secured funding from the British Academy and the Society for Theatre Research for research and publications, and from the Ferens Education Trust for teaching activities, research, and work with schools and the public.

  • Convened the Bram Stoker Centenary Conference (2012) - funded by a British Academy Conference Grant - to mark the centenary of Stoker's death. This was the largest international conference on Stoker to date and took place at the University of Hull and at Whitby.

  • Organised the inaugural Bram Stoker Birthday Symposium at the University of Hull in November 2012, and the Bram Stoker Birthday Lectures (2012, 2013, 2014).

  • Worked (with Dr Jennie Chapman) on a UK City of Culture project to 'recover' the Hull writer Dan Billany who was lost in Italy during World War II. We organised an exhibition at Hull's History Centre with a guest lecture by Billany expert, Dr Paul Skrebels.

  • Convened 'Visions of Egypt: Literature and Culture from the Nineteenth Century to the Present', an international and interdisciplinary conference at Hull's History Centre and the University of Hull in September 2013.

  • Awarded the Derrick Murdoch Memorial Award for the best article in Canadian Holmes, the journal of the Sherlock Holmes Society of Canada, in 2011. The article was entitled 'Arthur Conan Doyle and Bram Stoker: Biographical and Literary Convergences'.

Professional highlights

Radio and TV

  • Panelist on Bram Stoker and the Making of Dracula, British Library, London, 3 November 2017 (with David J. Skal and Paul Magrs)

  • Guest expert on Arthur Conan Doyle: The Man Behind Sherlock Holmes, presented by Bridget Kendall, BBC World Service. 7 June 2017. (With Andrew Lycett and and Stefan Lampadius, Leipzig University)

  • Interviewed on Stoker for Books that Made Britain: The Yorkshire Coast, BBC One (2016). Presented by John Wedgwood Clark.

  • Delivered a BBC Radio 3 Essay on Bram Stoker for a series commissioned to mark Stoker's centenary. The essay was aired on 16 April 2012. Produced by Conor McKay.

  • Spoken about Stoker on BBC Radio Humberside (2012) with Stoker's nephew Dacre Stoker.

  • Interviewed about Hull writer Dan Billany on BBC Radio Humberside and on Estuary TV.

  • Interviewed on Dracula’s Bram Stoker, directed by Sinéad O’Brien (Ferndale Productions 2003). Co-wrote the voice-over with Sinéad O’Brien.

Keynotes and invited papers:

  • Keynote lecture: 'Lady Butler in Egypt, 1885-86: Public and Private Views.' Conference theme: Travel, Translation and Communication. Victorian Popular Fiction Association Conference. Senate House, July 2017.

  • Invited research paper: 'Lady Butler and War Trauma.' Theme: Representing War Trauma in the Nineteenth Century. King's Manor, University of York, May 2017.

  • Invited lecture: 'Lady Butler: Painting War from the Crimea to Egypt.' University of Lincoln, College of Arts English Research Seminar Series, April 2016.

  • Research Seminar: 'Whitby Abbey.' Gothic Heritage Study Day. Northumbria University, October 2015. Organiser: Dr Claire Nally.

  • Invited lecture: 'Lady Butler and the Crimean War: The Roll Call, The Return from Inkerman, and Balaclava.' 3rd Annual Themed Interdisciplinary Engagement Series, Faculty of Arts, University of Hull, November 2014.

  • Plenary: '"I have perhaps the strongest influence on young men, especially young athletic sporting men, of anyone in England, (bar Kipling)": Conan Doyle’s Fighting Bodies.' Conference theme: Literature and Physical Culture. International Centre for Sports, History and Culture. De Montfort University, Leicester. April 2014.

  • Keynote (international): 'Military Power and Resistance: Lady Butler’s Visions of 19th Century Egypt and Ireland.' Conference theme: Power and Counter-Power. University of Tunis, Tunisia. April 2014.

  • Research seminar: 'Bram Stoker, Magic and Illusion.' Cultures in Contact Research Forum, University of Surrey, March 2013.

  • Plenary: ‘Bram Stoker and the Dublin Theatres in the 1870s.’ Bram Stoker Centenary Symposium, University of Hertfordshire. Keats House, Hampstead, April 2012.

  • Lecture (Kipling Society): ‘Imperial and War Trauma in Kipling.’ This lecture on Kipling was delivered to Kipling Society members and general members of the public in February 2011. Venue: Mountbatten Room, Royal Overseas League, St. James’s Street, London.

  • Research seminar: ‘“Stage Ghosts and Witches”: Henry Irving, Bram Stoker and the Lyceum’s Macbeth.’ Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies, Leeds Trinity University College, March 2010.

  • Research seminar: 'Traumatic Detections: Sherlock Holmes and the Problem of War.' School of Social and Historical Studies, University of Portsmouth, March 2009.

  • Keynote (international): '"Trop Vieux Pour Service": Ho[l]mes, Empire and Arthur Conan Doyle.' International Conference on Nation and Identity in 19th- and 20th-Century Literature. Universidad Catholica Murcia, Spain. September 2006.