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Dr Stephanie Munro


Profile summary

Professional biography

BA Hons English Language and Literature (Distinction) (the Open University).

BA Hons Sociology (Lancaster University).

MA Psychiatry, Philosophy and Society (University of Sheffield). 

MPhil. English Literature (University of Sheffield).

PhD. Women’s Studies (Lancaster University).

PG Cert. Academic Practice (the Open University).

Fellowship Higher Education Academy (Advance HE). 

My Master’s research thesis (University of Sheffield, 2002) was on African American women’s writing, a topic that led, by way of research into Harriet Jacobs’s 1861 slave narrative Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl and its contexts, to my PhD thesis on the writings of the American abolitionist author Lydia Maria Child (Lancaster University, 2006), including An Appeal in Favor of that Class of Americans Called Africans (1833), Anti-Slavery Catechism (1836), Philothea (1836), Authentic Anecdotes of American Slavery (1838), Letters from New York (1843 and 1845), The Freedman’s Book (1865), A Romance of the Republic (1867) and various short stories for children and adults published in periodicals between the 1820s and the 1860s. 

I became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2010, after completing my Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (English Literature subject specialism) with the Open University in 2009. 


Research interests

I am interested in representations of voyaging and the sea, and in how voyaging has been used as a metaphor in literature and culture since the sixteenth century, and in the part played by animals, real and imagined, in some of these representations. I am also interested in literary representations of childhood and the impact of childhood trauma on adulthood, especially from the nineteenth century onwards. Early modern drama, renaissance cartography, eighteenth-century satire, short stories and fairy tales, Romantic poetry, autobiography and memoir, nineteenth-century novels, science fiction, contemporary fiction, film and animation, and digital media all provide food for thought. I am currently researching the history of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, contexts, versions, illustrations, and relevance for the twenty-first century. 

Teaching interests

I am an Associate Lecturer and currently teach: 

A111: Discovering the Arts and Humanities.

A112: Cultures.

YXM130: Making Your Learning Count.

A233: Telling Stories: the novel and beyond.

My primary subject specialism is English Literature, though I have taught widely in the Arts and Humanities since I started teaching for the Open University in 2007. I conducted research into online learning from a student perspective as part of my Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, and have continuing interests in how best to harness the benefits for students and for tutors of digital resources.  

External collaborations

I worked with researchers at IBAR (Institute for Black Atlantic Research) at the University of Central Lancashire in 2021 on a project to investigage the relationship of the Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society to slavery and abolition between 1780 and 1865. The report was published in June 2023.