Professor Joanne Wilkes

Professor of English in the School of Humanities

Joanne Wilkes did her undergraduate degree in English and French at the University of Sydney, before embarking on her doctoral studies at Oxford. She wrote her thesis on how nineteenth century novelists, particularly Sir Walter Scott, W. M. Thackeray and George Eliot, dealt with what was to them recent history.

The nineteenth century novel continues to be a major focus of her research, and she has published on Jane Austen, as well as on Elizabeth Gaskell, whose novel Mary Barton she recently edited. She has also kept up a long-standing interest in the Romantic poets, especially Keats and Byron. In this context, she has drawn on her expertise in French literature, looking at how Byron was influenced by, and influenced, French writers.

More recently, she has been researching nineteenth-century women who wrote literary criticism - the practice of anonymity among critics of the period enabled female practitioners to evade contemporary prejudices by concealing their sex if they so wished.

Professor Wilkes taught for three years at Monash University in Melbourne, before coming to the University of Auckland in 1987.

Professor Joanne Wilkes


Professor Joanne Wilkes
English, Drama and Writing Studies
School of Humanities
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