Dr Sophie Franklin is a lecturer and researcher in the English department at Tübingen University. Her research specialises in nineteenth-century literature and culture with expertise in representations of violence, the Brontës, and afterlives. She has taught at several institutions, including Nottingham Trent University and the University of Newcastle.
Sophie received her PhD from Durham University, which considered the violences of Anne, Charlotte, and Emily Brontë’s work in order to establish a genealogy between their fiction, conflicted nineteenth-century understandings of violence, and the cultural legacies of violence in recent artwork and adaptations inspired by their prose. More broadly, she is interested in the shifting understandings, perceptions, and depictions of violence throughout history, particularly how people write (about) violence. Her new project focuses on violence and contamination in the nineteenth century, intersecting with current conversations around public health, disease, and the spread of violence. In 2021, she will take up a Murray McGregor scholarship at Gladstone’s Library to conduct further research into Elizabeth Gaskell’s representations of violence and contamination. Alongside Arya Thampuran (Durham University), Hannah Piercy (the University of Bern), and Rebecca White (Northumbria University & Durham University), she is currently co-editing an essay collection titled Consent: Histories, Representations, and Frameworks for the Future, aimed at Routledge’s Interdisciplinary Research in Gender series.
Sophie’s first book, Charlotte Brontë Revisited: A View from the Twenty-First Century (Saraband), was published in 2016 and reissued in 2018, and considers the ongoing legacy of Brontë’s work and life.