Dr Yvonne Siddle

Senior Lecturer in English Literature; Programme Leader, BA English Literature (Combined Honours)




Yvonne is Senior Lecturer in English. She joined the Department as a Visiting Lecturer in 2002, becoming a full-time member of staff in 2007. She gained a BA from the University of Ulster before completing both an MA and PhD at Chester. Yvonne is programme leader for BA English (Combined Honours).


Yvonne specialises in nineteenth-century literature. Modules she has lectured or taught on include:

  • Studying Literature
  • Approaches to Literature
  • Romantic Literature
  • Victorian Literature
  • Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture
  • Gothic Literature
  • Research Methods

Yvonne is programme leader for Combined Honours English Literature. At postgraduate level she teaches on the following modules of the Department's MA in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture:

  • Nineteenth-Century Literature: The Canon and Beyond
  • Nineteenth-Century Culture
  • The Nineteenth-Century City
  • The Sensational Nineteenth Century

Postgraduate supervision:

Yvonne welcomes enquiries about research projects on:

  • Nineteenth-century fictional representations of Ireland and Irishness
  • Anthony Trollope's Irish Fiction


Her research interests lie in nineteenth-century literature, and in particular how Ireland, Irish issues and Irishness are represented in works by nineteenth-century British and Irish writers. 

Her PhD thesis examined Anthony Trollope's Irish fiction. She has presented numerous papers on this topic, most recently a paper entitled’ The Female Body in Anthony Trollope’s Irish Fiction’ at the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures Conference in Lille, France, July 2014.


  • ‘An Eye for an Eye – Anthony Trollope’s Gothic Novel?’, Trollopiana, The Journal of the Trollope Society, No 99, Autumn 2014
  • ‘Anthony Trollope’s The Landleaguers’ – entry in The Literary Encyclopedia (April 2014)
  • ‘Anthony Trollope’s Castle Richmond’ – entry in The Literary Encyclopedia (September, 2013)
  • ‘Anthony Trollope’s The Kellys and the O’Kellys – entry in The Literary Encyclopedia (September, 2011)
  • ‘Anthony Trollope's An Eye for an Eye' - entry in The Literary Encyclopedia (July, 2009)
  • ‘Anthony Trollope's The Macdermots of Ballycloran' - entry in The Literary Encyclopedia (September, 2008)
  • ‘Anthony Trollope's Representation of the Great Famine' in Peter Gray (ed.) Victoria's Ireland? Irishness and Britishness, 1837-1901 (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2004).