Dr Ruth Heholt

Job title
Senior Lecturer
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Ruth Heholt is senior lecturer in BA(Hons) English. She has published on ghosts and the Gothic and works on Victorian literature and culture as well as contemporary texts. Some of her recent work has examined Victorian ghost stories and masculinity, haunted houses and ghost hunting television programmes. Ruth has organised several symposia including: Haunted Men: Masculinities in the Victorian and Edwardian Ghost Story (2011), Haunted Landscapes: Nature, Super-nature and the Environment, with ASLE UKI (2014) and is currently organising a one day symposium: Sensational Men: Victorian Masculinity in Sensation Fiction, Theatre and the Arts with the Victorian Popular Fiction Association (April 2015). She is founding editor of the peer reviewed journal Revenant: Critical and Creative Studies of the Supernatural. Revenant is dedicated to academic and creative explorations of the supernatural, the uncanny and the weird and can be found at www.revenantjournal.com. She is currently working on a scholarly edition of Catherine Crowe's 1847 novel The Story of Lilly Dawson, with the Victorian Secrets Press and an edited collection entitled Regional Gothic with Professor William Hughes. Future projects include a collection edited with Niamh Downing called Haunted Landscapes and plans for a monograph on Catherine Crowe. 


YearQualificationAwarding body
University College Falmouth
University of Plymouth
BA (Hons) English
University of Reading

Membership of external committees

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Editorial Board Member of Book Series "L'immaginazione Sociologica"
Executive Editorial Board Member, University of Sunderland's Spectral Visions Press

Research interests

Research interests and expertise

My research is based around the concept of the supernatural, masculinity and both contemporary and Victorian culture and literature. I am willing to consider supervising PhDs that cover any aspect of the supernatural or masculinity in literature or media.

Research centre and group affiliations

RANE Research Group

Research topics

The Supernatural
the Gothic
Ghost Stories
ghost hunting programmes
Catherine Crowe

Research outputs

Publications and research outputs

Conference or Workshop Item

Heholt, Ruth (2014) ‘The Hammer House of Cornish Horror: The Plague of Zombies (1966) and The Reptile (1966)’. In: Locating the Gothic, October 2014, Limerick University. Item not available from this repository.

Heholt, Ruth (2014) ‘The Natural and the Super-Natural: Ghost dogs, Science and Sustainability in the Writings of Catherine Crowe’. In: British Association of Victorian Studies Annual Conference, September 2014, University of Kent. Item not available from this repository.

Heholt, Ruth and Lloyd, Rebecca (2014) ‘Treasure into Trash: Ghostly Objects and the Horrors of Ghastly Ancestors in the Ghost Stories of Louisa Baldwin’. In: 'Treasure into Trash: Victorian Popular Fiction' Conference, July 2014, Senate House London. Item not available from this repository.

Heholt, Ruth (2014) ‘Haunting Beyond the Outer Eye: Catherine Crowe’s Vision of the Unseen’. In: ‘Sights and Frights: Interdisciplinary Conference on Victorian Visual Culture, Horror and the Supernatural’, Jone 2014, University of Sussex. Item not available from this repository.

Heholt, Ruth (2014) Subversion and Misplaced Desire: the Disintegration of the Normal and the Destruction of the Ordinary in Ruth Rendell’s Psychological Thrillers. In: Captivating Criminality: Crime Writing, Darkness and Desire, April 2014, Bath Spa University. Item not available from this repository.

Heholt, Ruth (2014) ‘E F Benson, Sunny Landscapes, Dark Visions: The Cornish Ghost Stories of E F Benson’. In: Haunted Landscapes conference, March 2014, Falmouth University. Item not available from this repository.



'Sensational Men: Masculinity in Victorian Fiction, Theatre and the Arts'. One day conference co-hosted by Falmouth University and the Victorian Popular Fiction Association. 18 April 2015. Please see VPFA website for details.


One day Symposium and art exhibition entitled 'Haunted Landscapes: Nature, Supernature and the Environment'. This symposium was co-hosted by Falmouth University and ASLE UK-I on 8th March 2014.


'Haunted Men: Masculinity in the Victorian and Edwardian Eras' was a successful, international one day symposium. Keynote speakers were Professor William Hughes, president of the International Gothic Association and editor of the 'Gothic Studies' journal and Professor Mark Llewellyn head of research at the AHRC.

Research students

Research degrees examined

External examiner for PhD student at the University of Sunderland October 2014.

Number of research degree examinations: 1


Areas of teaching

Victorian studies

Courses taught

Making Nations: Literature and Culture 1832 - 1914, Travel Writing: Theory and Practice, Representations of Crime, Literature and Screen
Gender and Film

Professional engagement