Anna Watz is Senior Lecturer in English Literature. She holds a PhD from Uppsala University and an MA from the University of East Anglia. Her current research (funded by the Swedish Research Council, 2019-2022) examines the intersection between surrealist women’s writing and the emergence of French poststructuralist/psychoanalytic feminist theory.

Watz is the author of Angela Carter and Surrealism: ‘A Feminist Libertarian Aesthetic’ (Routledge, 2016) and the editor of Surrealist Women’s Writing: A Critical Exploration (Manchester University Press, 2020). She is on the editorial board of the journal Assuming Gender (Cardiff University Press) and an advisory board member of the Angela Carter Society (UWE, Bristol). In 2018 she took up at three-year term as author of the section ‘Feminisms’ for the annual journal The Year’s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory (Oxford University Press).



Angela Carter and Surrealism: ‘A Feminist Libertarian Aesthetic’. 2016. London and New York: Routledge. Reviewed in The Year’s Work in English Studies (2019), Contemporary Women’s Writing (2018), Gothic Studies (2018), Irish Gothic Journal (2018) and ASAP/Journal (2017).

Edited book

Surrealist Women’s Writing: A Critical Exploration. 2020. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Peer-reviewed articles and book chapters

‘Feminisms’. 2019. The Year’s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory, 27.

‘Women’s Writing, écriture féminine, and femellitude: A Conversation with Xavière Gauthier.’ 2019. Contemporary Women’s Writing, 13:1. 1–15.

‘Feminisms’. 2018. The Year’s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory, 26. 368–387.

The Stone Door and Poststructuralist Feminism’. 2017. Leonora Carrington and the International Avant-Garde, ed. Jonathan P. Eburne and Catriona McAra. Manchester: Manchester University Press. 90–104.

[In Swedish] ‘Njutningens problematik: postfeminism, normativitet och “mommy porn”’ (‘The Problem of Pleasure: Postfeminism, Normativity, and “Mommy Porn”’). 2014. Edda: Nordisk tidsskrift for litteraturforskning 101:4. 292–305.

‘“Look! Hands Off!”: The Performance of Female Exhibitionism in Angela Carter’s The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman and Nights at the Circus’. 2013. Naked Exhibitionism: Gendered Performance and Public Exposure, ed. Claire Nally and Angela Smith. London: I. B. Tauris. 41–61.

‘The Surrealist Uncanny in Shadow Dance’. 2012. Angela Carter: New Critical Readings, ed. Sonya Andermahr and Lawrence Phillips. London: Bloomsbury. 117–129.

 ‘Angela Carter and Xavière Gauthier’s Surréalisme et sexualité’. 2010. Contemporary Women’s Writing 4:2. 100–113.

‘Convulsive Beauty and Compulsive Desire: The Surrealist Pattern of Shadow Dance’. 2006. Revisiting Angela Carter: Texts, Contexts, Intertexts, ed. Rebecca Munford. Basingstoke: Palgrave. 21–41.

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