Doctoral Research Student
Sarah completed a BA in English Literature and Philosophy, and an MPhil in Popular Literature at Trinity College Dublin. Her MPhil dissertation focused on spiritualism in the works of Marie Corelli, while her previous work examined the use of funerary rituals in sensation fiction. She is currently researching crime, spiritualism, and the occult in fiction of the fin de siècle. Her friends tend to refer to her research work as “stuff about Victorian dead people”.
Late Victorian fiction. The Victorian occult. Spiritualism. Theosophy. Psychical research. Telepathy, telekinesis, psychometry, and sundry pseudo-sciences in late nineteenth-century fiction. Her PhD work examines questions of belief, proof, and superstition, and the points of intersection between spiritualism, science, and criminal law.
Supervisor: Professor Josephine McDonagh
Crofton, S. 'Moving Bodies: Consumerism, Disease and Tourism in Gothic Fiction of the Fin de Siecle.' NAES : Europe in Popular Literature (Dublin, 28 Feb 2009).