Dr Alex Tankard

Lecturer in English Literature.


BA (English and Philosophy); MA (Victorian Literature); PhD (English Literature)


Alex Tankard is Lecturer in English Literature, specialising in nineteenth-century medicine, disability and gender studies.

She completed her PhD at the University of Liverpool with a thesis on representations of men with tuberculosis in nineteenth-century culture.


Alex has experience teaching on:

  • Studying Literature
  • Approaches to Literature
  • Romantic Literature
  • Gothic Literature
  • Nineteenth-Century Culture
  • MA Research Skills


Alex is currently researching representations of consumptive gamblers and gunfighters in the Wild West.

Published work

Publications include:

‘The Victorian Consumptive in Disability Studies’, Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, 5 (2011), 17-34

‘“If I am not grotesque I am nothing”: Aubrey Beardsley and Disabled Identities in Conflict’, in Conflict and Difference in Nineteenth-Century Literature, ed. Dinah Birch and Mark Llewellyn (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), 93-108

‘Emasculation, Eugenics, and the Consumptive Voyeur in The Portrait of a Lady (1881) and The Story of a Nobody (1893)’, Critical Survey, 20 (2008), 61-78

‘Living Dead in Tombstone: (Mis)representations of Doc Holliday’s Tuberculosis’, Tombstone Times, October 2011 [a non-academic publication at the Helldorado festival for historians and tourists in Arizona, US]

Book reviews for Matthew Sturgis, Aubrey Beardsley: a Biography (1998; London: Pallas Athene, 2011) and Robert Ross, Aubrey Beardsley (1909; London: Pallas Athene, 2011), in The Review of the Pre-Raphaelite Society, 20: 1 (2012), 36-38


Work in progress/ under review:

‘“There was something very peculiar about Doc…’: Deciphering Queer Intimacy in Representations of Doc Holliday’