I am currently working as the Margaret and Colin Roderick Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Comparative Literature at James Cook University, Australia. I am collaborating with Dr. Victoria Kuttainen (JCU) and Dr. Susann Liebich (Heidelberg University) on a 3-year funded investigation of travel, the Pacific and interwar periodicals titled The Transported Imagination: Australian Interwar Magazines and the Geographical Imaginaries of Late Colonial Modernity.
I am a former Research Associate of the University of Strathclyde, where I successfully defended my PhD in English Studies in November 2012. My thesis was titled ‘Work, Class and Gender in Canadian Fiction, 1890s-1920s,’ and focused on representations of women’s work in turn-of-the-twentieth-century Canadian fiction. Through sustained, comparative analysis of a sample of popular fiction from this era, my thesis explored the way popular novels worked to intervene in, and partially construct, readers’ understanding of gender economies surrounding female labour. The thesis was structured around different forms of labour with more canonical authors being considered alongside neglected writers.
My current research focuses on L.M. Montgomery’s short fiction and her place in middlebrow magazine cultures of the early twentieth century. I am also undertaking a comparative analysis of the representation of women as travellers in Canadian and Australian mass-market magazines of the inter-war period, with a particular focus on questions of mobility and modernity.
I have also worked as a research assistant on two digital mapping projects with Dr. Anouk Lang in 2013, and undertook a month-long post as a Visiting Scholar at James Cook University, Australia (Nov-Dec 2013). During my first research assistant post I carried out archival research and compiled a spreadsheet to explore the spread of literary modernism. My second post focused on creating a digital showcase for Strathclyde’s School of Humanities using the geotemporal exhibit-building tool Neatline. I am eager to continue my work with digital mapping and archival spreadsheets to help foster new intellectual understandings of how textual data and analysis can be interpreted and visualised.
Contact me at sarah dot galletly at jcu dot edu dot au.