Dr Tory Young

Course Leader, BA (Hons) English Literature

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences

Department:Department of English and Media

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Literature

Courses taught: English Literature, Philosophy and English Literature, Writing and English Literature

Tory teaches 20th and 21st-century literature. She has additional research interests in feminist and queer theories of narrative, and Writing in the Disciplines.



Since completing her PhD on Joseph Conrad and Virginia Woolf in 1996, Tory's research in modernism has focused on women writers including Nancy Cunard, Hope Mirrlees and Jean Rhys. She held the first conference on Nancy Cunard at Anglia Ruskin in 2001 and co-organised the first on Jean Rhys in 2010. 

More recently, Tory has written on contemporary writers, especially those who’ve engaged with modernism such as Ali Smith and Colm Tóibín. In 2013, she received a small grant from the British Academy to begin a project on The Future of Feminist Narratology, on which she organised a symposium. She's also one of the editors of the 20th/21st-century section of Literature Compass and has recently commissioned essays on theories of narrative, and modernist women writers.

Tory's interest in student writing and academic literacies has run parallel with and is informed by her research into literature. She was a co-director of the HEFCE-funded Speak-Write Project at Anglia Ruskin University, and in 2008 wrote Studying English Literature: A Practical Guide. This book is used in North America, Asia and across the UK as a set text for first-year undergraduate literature students.

Research interests

  • Modernism (including Nancy Cunard)
  • Contemporary fiction 
  • Feminist narratology
  • 'You'/second-person narration
  • Adaptation, influence and intertextuality
  • Gift theory
  • Writing in the Disciplines/academic literacies/student writing

Areas of research supervision

  • Modernism
  • Contemporary fiction
  • Narratology
  • Feminism
  • Creative writing


  • PhD Conrad, Woolf and the Visual Arts, University of Newcastle

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Modernist Studies Association (MSA)
  • International Society for the Study of Narrative (ISSN)

Selected recent publications

Young, T., 2014. You-niversal Love: Desire, Intimacy and the Second-Person in Ali Smith’s Short Fiction. In: Leggett, B. and Venezia, A. (Eds.), 2014. Twenty-First Century British Fiction: Critical Essays. Canterbury: Gylphi. pp.293-312.

Young, T., 2014. Brooklyn as the 'untold story' of 'Eveline': Reading Joyce and Tóibín with Ricoeur. Journal of Modern Literature, 37(2), pp.123-40.

Young, T., 2012. Myths of Passage: Paris and Parallax. In: Joannou, M. (Ed.), 2012. The History of British Women’s Writing, 1920-1945. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan. pp.275-90.

Baxter, J., Snaith, A., and Young, T., 2012. Reading Jean Rhys. Women: A Cultural Review, 23(4).

Young, T., 2009. Nancy Cunard’s Black Man White Ladyship as Surrealist Tract. In: Hackett, R., Hauser, F.S. and Wachman, G. (Eds.). At Home and Abroad in the Empire: British Women Write the 1930s. Neward, DE: University of Delaware Press. pp.96-118.

Young, T., 2008. Studying English Literature: A Practical Guide. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. There is also a 2009 South Asian reprint edition.

Young, T., 2003. Michael Cunningham’s The Hours. London and New York: Continuum. One chapter of this book has been translated into Japanese as Young, T., 2006. The Hours and Mrs Dalloway. In: Kubota, N. 2006. Reading English Masterpieces: Mrs Dalloway. Kyoto, Japan: Minerva Press.

Recent presentations and conferences

The Future of Feminist Narratology, Anglia Ruskin University, 12 October 2013.

Reading Jean Rhys, King’s College London, 7 July 2010. Co-organised with Jeannette Baxter and Anna Snaith.

Writing in the Disciplines, Anglia Polytechnic University, 12 April 2002.

Nancy Cunard, Anglia Polytechnic University, 10 November 2001.