Sarah Fanning

Assistant professor, English

Sarah Fanning

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(506) 364-2547
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B.A. (Saint Mary's University),
M.A. (University of New Brunswick),
Ph.D. (University of Exeter, 2013)
Sarah Fanning has taught literature and film courses at universities in both Canada and Britain. Her PhD thesis, Changing Fictions of Masculinity: Adaptations of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, 1939-2009, traced the development of the Brontë adaptation during Hollywood's Studio Years and, later, in British television. The thesis focussed its subject on the ways different adaptation contexts (cultural and industrial) worked alongside shifting ideas of masculinity to shape and diversify onscreen depictions of Rochester and Heathcliff. Dr Fanning's unique interests in both the theory and practice of literary adaptations have lead her to develop strong ties between the academic community and the television industry in Britain. In addition to her own research and teaching, she is also involved in projects for BBC Drama.


Fall 2017 

ENGL 1201D
Introduction to Principles of Literary Analysis




  "'A Soul Worth Saving': Post-Feminist Masculinities in Twenty-First-Century Televised Adaptations of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights ." Adaptation  (Oxford) 10.1 (March 2017): 73-92.

  "Adapting the Nineteenth Century." Conference Report. Literature FilmAssociation Newsletter . 3.1 (1 February 2009): 5-7.

 Forthcoming :

  "A Post-Feminist Hero: Sandy Welch's North & South  (BBC, 2004)." Conflicting Masculinities: Men in Television Period Drama . IB Tauris (2018)                                                                                                                   
  "The Many Faces of Jane Eyre: Film Cultures and the Frontiers of Feminist Representation." Brontë Studies  43.1 (January 2018).

  "Review of Sarah Wootton's   Byronic Heroes in Nineteenth-Century Women's Writing and Screen Adaptation." Romanticism (Fall 2017). 

 Work in Progress:  

  Screening Bronte Men: From Hollywood's Golden Age to the Dark Heritage Film . (Book manuscript)

Research interests

Research Interests: Literary adaptation; eighteenth and nineteenth century novel (especially women novelists); Victorian culture; social history; gender studies; gothic fiction; visual culture; film and television narrative; genre; masculinity in women’s writing; literature in art; script analysis; heritage film and television; cultural studies.

Grants, awards, & honours

Grants and Awards:
Lori Mahen Memorial Scholarship 2001
Danai Spirospoulous Award 2001
School of Graduate Studies Award 2004 DWL Earl Fellowship 2004