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Biography Dr Emily Alder researches literature and science, environmental humanities, Gothic, and Weird fiction, particularly in the literature and culture of the long nineteenth century, and is noted for her contributions to the field of Nautical Gothic through publications such as ‘Through Oceans Darkly: Sea Literature and the Nautical Gothic’ (2017). She is the author of Weird Fiction and Science at the Fin de Siècle, a monograph published in 2020 with Palgrave Macmillan, and numerous articles and chapters about animals, the sea, and environmentalism in Weird, Gothic, and science fiction.

Emily is co-convenor of the Haunted Shores Research Network and project leader for Scottish Shores: Gothic Coastal Environments. She is Membership Secretary of the British Society for Literature & Science, and General Editor of Gothic Studies, the journal of the International Gothic Association.

At Edinburgh Napier University, Emily is a member of the Centre for Arts, Media, & Culture and the Centre for Conservation & Restoration Science.

With an undergraduate degree in English Literature from Newcastle University and a PhD from Edinburgh Napier, Emily is Lecturer in English Literature and Programme Leader for BA (Hons) English in the School of Arts & Creative Industries. Emily teaches undergraduate modules on nineteenth-century literature, environmental literature and film, and the Gothic.
Research Interests Emily's research interests are interdisciplinary and lie primarily in literature and science and the environmental humanities; research projects often focus on the long nineteenth century, but others explore contemporary texts and contexts. Spoken, written and visual narratives communicate, construct, and help us to understand individuals, materials, and practices in the social and physical world around us, and Emily’s research seeks to learn more about these relationships in the contexts of genre fiction (including Gothic, weird, and SF), science, and environmental concerns.
Teaching and Learning Emily teaches literature, culture and film from the nineteenth century to the present, including modules on nineteenth century literature, popular culture, ecocritcism and environmental literature and film, and children's literature.
Emily completed her PGCert TLHE in 2014 and is a Fellow of the HEA.