Dr Sophie Franklin is a postdoctoral fellow in the English department at Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen. 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 Newcastle University.
In 2019, Sophie received her PhD from Durham University, which considered the literary 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 nineteenth-century narratives of violence and contagion, intersecting with current conversations around public health, disease, and the “spread” of violence. In 2019, she received 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 (Durham University), she is also currently co-editing an edited collection titled Consent: Legacies, Representations, and Frameworks for the Future, under contract with Routledge.
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 from a contemporary perspective. Alongside Claire O’Callaghan and Adelle Hay, she regularly speaks at book festivals and international events on the Brontë family.