Ann McClellan


Professor of 20th Century British Literature; Department Chair, English

BA, University of Michigan - Flint; MA. PhD, University of Cincinnati

Phone: 603-535-2683

Office Ellen Reed 15

Anyone familiar with Ann McClellan knows she is proud of her Midwestern heritage (Go Blue!) and a dedicated Anglophile. Specializing in Twentieth century British literature, especially the novel and women writers, Ann’s work explores the complex relationships between literature and culture, with research ranging from fictional representations of British women intellectuals to her current project on fan culture and the popularity of Sherlock Holmes. Her classes explore questions of literary value and canonicity, the interconnectedness of history and text, with an emphasis on literary theory. Her goal: to lift the veil that often obscures the strategies and skills underlying literary analysis to teach students how to think, speak, and write about texts in interesting and sophisticated ways. She serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Fandom Studies and the History of Intellectual Culture. You can follow her on Twitter @annmcclellan.

Selected Publications

“‘I was my War; My War was I’: Vera Brittain, Autobiography, and University Fiction during the Great War.” Paedagogica Historica. (2016). (forthcoming).

“From Happy Homes to Contaminating Cloisters: Women’s University Communities in Interwar Britain.” Women in Higher Education, 1850-1970: International Perspectives. Eds. E. Lisa Panayotidis and Paul Stortz. NY: Routledge, 2015. 210-27.

“Redefining ‘Genderswap’ Fan Fiction: A Sherlock Case Study.” Journal of Transformative Works and Cultures. 17 (September 2014).

“A Case of Identity: Role Playing, Social Media, and BBC Sherlock.” The Journal of Fandom Studies 1.2 (2013): 139-57.

“Black Women in Ivory Towers: Race, Gender, and Class in British Campus Fiction.” History of Intellectual Culture. 10.1 (2012/13).

How British Women Writers Transformed the Campus Novel: Virginia Woolf, Dorothy L. Sayers, Margaret Drabble, Anita Brookner, Jeanette Winterson. New York: Edwin Mellen Press, 2012.

“The Gentleman’s Gentleman: The Butler as Simulacra in The Remains of the Day.” S(t)imulated Realities: The Hyperreal in Popular Culture. Ed. Robin DeRosa. Lanham, MD: Lexington Press, 2011. 59-68.

“University Women in Frances Marshall’s Fiction.” English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920. 52.3 (2010): 331-49.

Selected Presentations

Queering Sherlock’s World: Slash, Fan Fiction, and World Building. 45th Annual PCA/ACA National Conference, March 2016 (forthcoming).

Slashing University Education: Women’s Academic Crime Fiction in Thatcher’s Britain. History of Education Society. October 2015.

Out of this World: Sherlock, World Building, and Alternate Universe Fan Fiction. 44th Annual PCA/ACA National Conference, April 2015.

Transmedia Sherlock: Exclusive and Inclusive Models of Appropriation. European Popular Culture Association Annual Conference. London, UK. July 2014.

V. Brittain v. Britain: University Women, Autobiography, and Fiction during the Great War. International Standing Committee on the History of Education Conference. London, UK. July 2014.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers: BBC Sherlock and Real Person Fiction. 43rd Annual PCA/ACA National Conference. April 2014.

“All that Matters is the WORK”: A Barthesian Approach to Adaptation and Appropriation in BBC Sherlock. New Directions in Sherlock Conference. University College London, April 2014.

A Scandal in Feminism: Sherlock’s Women—Feminist Backlash and Feminist Response. 43rd Annual PCA/ACA National Conference. March, 2013.

Vampires, Bullocks, and Lesbians, Oh My! The Spectre of the University Woman in Interwar Britain. Canadian History of Education Association Conference. Vancouver, BC. October, 2012.

Awards or recognition

Distinguished Academic Advising Award, Plymouth State University, 2015

Theo Kalikow Award, Plymouth State University, 2010

Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation Research Grant (2006)

Courses Taught

EN2500 Studies in English

EN3620 Currents in British Literature II

EN3690 Critical Theory

EN4150 Digitalit: Storytelling in the Digital Age

ENDI1350 Twice Told Tales


Contact Us

English Department

Ellen Reed House
7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., M-F

Phone: 603-535-2746
Email: Fax: 603-535-2584

Administrative Assistant
Stephanie L. Magoon
Phone: 603-535-2746
Ellen Reed House, #1

Mailing Address
17 High Street
MSC #40 Plymouth, NH 03264

Dr. Ann McClellan, Department Chair
Office: Ellen Reed 15
Office Phone: (603) 535-2683