Welcome to the website of Dr Naomi Hetherington.
I am a University Tutor in English and Humanities in the Department for Lifelong Learning and Honorary Research Fellow in the School of English at the University of Sheffield. I co-lead the Gothic Bible Project in the Sheffield Institute of Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies with Mary Going in the School of English.
My research interests are in religion and gender in popular literature and culture, mainly in the late-Victorian period, but I also have an ongoing interest in representations of religion and the Bible in the popular TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003) and co-organised Buffy and the Bible, a two-day interdisciplinary conference taking place at the University of Sheffield on 4-5 July 2019 and funded by WRoCAH and the International Gothic Association.
I am General Editor of a new Routledge Historical Resource on Nineteenth-Century Religion, Literature and Society, a 4-volume annotated set of rare primary texts (Routledge 2020) and co‑edited the first collection of essays on nineteenth-century Jewish, queer and New Woman writer Amy Levy (Ohio UP) with Nadia Valman (QMUL).
I am currently writing a book-length study of the figure of the female freethinker in New Woman fiction. It asks how and why the literary figure of the New Woman came to associate sexual transgression in the public mind with unbelief and heterodox forms of religion. In so doing, it sheds new light on the role which gender has played in the process of long-term religious change.
.Cover image by Lily Daniels @terracottalily