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Prof Glenda Norquay

Prof Glenda Norquay

Telephone: 0151 231 5013


Glenda Norquay is Director of the Research Institute for Literature and Cultural History. Her research focuses on two areas: Scottish writing, specifically women's fiction, the nineteenth-century and contemporary novel; and Robert Louis Stevenson's fiction, criticism and publishing history.

Her monograph R.L. Stevenson Incorporated: literary networks, authorial bodies and transatlantic publishing in the 1890s will be published by Anthem Press in 2019. She is currently editing Stevenson's last novel, St Ives for Edinburgh University Press New Stevenson Edition. She is the author of Robert Louis Stevenson and Theories of Reading: the reader as vagabond (MUP, 2007) and edited R.L. Stevenson on Fiction.

She is editor of The Edinburgh Companion to Scottish Women’s Writing (EUP, 2012) and has published extensively on Scottish women’s fiction. In her commitment to making available neglected or understudied literary texts she has produced: Voices and Votes: a literary anthology of the women’s suffrage campaign (MUP, 2005); Women’s Suffrage Literature (with K .Cockin & S. Park), 6 volumes (Routledge, 2007); The Collected Works of Lorna Moon (B&W, 2012). Across the Margins (2002), co-edited with Gerry Smyth, was a comparative and theoretical analysis of cultural formations in the Atlantic Archipelago.
She has examined doctoral theses on Scottish fiction; contemporary fiction; R.L. Stevenson and has supervised PhDs which focus on non-canonical, feminist and interdisciplinary approaches.


1985, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom, PHD
1980, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom, MA Hons (First Class) English Language and Literature

Academic appointments

Visiting Research Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh, 2016 - 2016
Chair of Scottish Literary Studies, English, Liverpool John Moores University, 1985 - present


Highlighted publications

Norquay G. 2012. Robert Louis Stevenson and Stanley J. Weyman: Reviving romancers or aging adventurers? English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920, 55 :176-194 >DOI

Internet publication

Norquay G. 2019. Annie S. Swan: Making People Cry

Norquay G. 2016. Best Scottish Books Of 2016: Glenda Norquay


Norquay G. 2019. R. L. Stevenson Incorporated: Literary Networks, Authorial Bodies and Transatlantic Publishing in the 1890s Anthem Press

Norquay G. 2012. The Edinburgh companion to Scottish women's writing :1-206 9780748644322

Norquay G. 2012. Edinburgh Companion to Scottish Women's Writing 9780748644315

Cockin K, Norquay G, Robins E, Colmore G, Mollwo A, Zangwill EA. 2007. Women's Suffrage Literature: The home-breakers 9780415357494

Norquay G. 2007. Robert Louis Stevenson and theories of reading Manchester Univ Pr 9780719073861

Moon L, Norquay G. 2002. The collected works of Lorna Moon Black & White Pub Ltd

Norquay G, Smyth G. 2002. Across the margins Manchester Univ Pr 9780719057496

Stevenson RL, Norquay G. 1999. R.L. Stevenson on fiction Edinburgh Univ Pr 9780748607778

Norquay G. 1995. Voices and votes Manchester Univ Pr 9780719039768

Scholarly edition

Norquay G. 2019. Robert Louis Stevenson, St Ives

Book review

Norquay G. 2018. ‘Reappraising Jane Duncan: Sexuality, Race And Colonialism In The My Friends Novels’ By Rita Elizabeth Rippetoe The Bottle Imp,


Norquay G. 2018. Temporal deconstructions: narrating the ruins of time Jones, C, Dunnigan S. Contemporary Scottish Women's Fiction Edinburgh University Press. Edinburgh

Norquay G. 2017. Robin Jenkins: Perspectives on the Postcolonial Gifford D, Bicket L. The Fiction of Robin Jenkins: Some Kind of Grace Brill. Amsterdam 9789004337046 >Public Url

Norquay G. 2016. Kate Atkinson: Plotting to Be Read Twenty-first Century British Fiction Edinburgh University Press. Edinburgh >Public Url

Norquay G. 2016. 'Geographies of the Self: Scottish Women's Writing' The Palgrave History of British Women's Writing 1880-1920 . London

Norquay G. 2015. Henry James and Robert Louis Stevenson Henry James Critical Insights :141-154 Grey House Publishing. Mass >Public Url

Norquay G. 2015. Lewis Grassic Gibbon and Women The International Companion to Lewis Grassic Gibbon :76-88 Scottish Literature International. Glasgow 9781908980137 >Public Url

Norquay G. 2013. Representations and the representative: Twentieth-century Explorations of Gender from North-east Scotland Szymanska I. Facets of Scottish Identity :133-142 W.N. Semper. Warsaw 9788375072358

Norquay G. 2012. American Literary Contexts Approaches to Teaching the Works of Robert Louis Stevenson :41-4 Modern Language Association of America 978-1603291224

Norquay G. 2012. Genre Fiction The Edinburgh Companion to Scottish Women's Writing :130-139 Edinburgh University Press. Edinburgh

Norquay G. 2012. Introduction: The Edinburgh Companion to Scottish Women's Writing :1-10 Edinburgh University Press

Norquay G. 2006. 'Partial to Intensity: the novels of A.L. Kennedy' The Contemporary British Novel Since 1980 :142-153 Palgrave Macmillan 9781403974297

Norquay G. 2006. Trading texts: Negotiations of the professional and the popular in the case of Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson: Writer of Boundaries :60-69 9780299212247

Norquay G. 2001. 'Flourishing Through oppression: The Camomile Anderson C. Opening the Doors: the Achievement of Catherine Carswell :124-136 Ramsay Head Press. Edinburgh

Norquay G. 2000. Fraudulent Mooching: the Fiction of Janice Galloway' Anderson C, Christianson A . Contemporary Scottish Women Writers :131-143 Tuckwell press. Easr Lothian 9780748609796

Norquay G. 1999. Welcome, Oh! Mine Own Rugged Scotland: Gender and Landscape in Scottish Fiction Romanticism in wild places :176-199 Quariga Press. Edinbrugh

Norquay G. 1997. Catherine Carswell's 'Open the Door!' Gifford D, McMillan D. A history of Scottish women's writing :388-399 Edinburgh Univ Pr

Norquay G. 1993. Disruptions: the later fiction of Robin Jenkins wallace G, Stevenson R. The Scottish novel since the seventies new visions, old dreams :11-25 Edinburgh Univ Pr. Edinburgh

Norquay G. Genre Fiction The Edinburgh Companion to Scottish Women's Writing :130-140 Edinburgh University Press

Journal article

Norquay G. 2012. Untying the Knot: Gender and Scottish Writing Ahrens R. Anglistik: International Journal of English Studies, 23 :107-118

Norquay G. 2012. Robert Louis Stevenson and Stanley J. Weyman: Reviving romancers or aging adventurers? English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920, 55 :176-194 >DOI

Norquay G. 2011. 'Transitory thresholds': Geographic imaginings of adolescence in women's fiction from north-east Scotland Scottish Literary Review, 3 :81-99

Norquay G. 2010. 'Squandering Names': place, nomenclature and cultural identity The Journal of Stevenson Studies, 7 :107-129

Norquay G. 2008. Gender in Scottish History since 1700 SCOTTISH STUDIES REVIEW, 9 :182-184 >Link

Norquay G. 2006. Mediating Women's Suffrage Literature Women Studies International Forum, 29 :301-306

Norquay G. 2004. 'Finding a Place: the Voice of Lorna Moon' Etudes Ecossaises, 9 :91-103

Norquay G. 2004. 'Ghost Writing: Stevenson and Dumas' Journal of Stevenson Studies, 1 :60-75

Norquay G, smyth G. 2003. 'Waking Up in a Different Place' Irish Review, :28-45


Conference publication

Norquay G, Park SS. 2006. Mediating women's suffrage literature WOMENS STUDIES INTERNATIONAL FORUM, Workshop on Multi-Mediating Womens Voices, 1870-1930 29 :301-306 >DOI >Link

Norquay G. 2000. Wantin' bodies: Female sexuality and the grotesque in the fiction of Lorna Moon and Jessie Kesson Hagemann S. TERRANGLIAN TERRITORIES, 7th International Conference on the Literature of Region and Nation :349-359 >Link

Norquay G. Mothers and Daughterlands in Contemporary Scottish Women’s Literature Hedon M-O. Ces femmes qui font l'écosse, Ces femmes qui font l'écosse

Engagement & Impact

Conference presentation:

Whistling boys, Quivering Needles and Woodland Creatures: literary prosthetics and the business of going beyond’,, Stevenson and Beyond: Stevenson International Conference, Edinburgh, Oral presentation 05/07/2017

His legend still tingles in my ears’: Stevenson and Scott’,, Reworking Sir Walter’, University of Dundee, Oral presentation 03/04/2017

The negative as political trope in Scottish women’s poetry, ESSE, Galway, Oral presentation 24/08/2016

Writing Scottish Literary Histories’,, ESSE Conference,, Turn, Oral presentation

Literary Intersections: the Strange Case of St Ives’, Mediamorphosis: print culture and transatlantic public sphere(s), International Symposium,, University of Delaware, September., Oral presentation

‘Representing the representative: fiction from north-east Scotland’,, Scotland In Europe, University of Warsaw, Oral presentation

Mapping the Spaces of Adventure in the Serialized Fiction of R.L. Stevenson and Arthur Quiller-Couch’,, Research Society for Victorian Periodicals International Conference,, University of Delaware, Oral presentation


The Huntington Library Mayers Fellowship, The Huntington Library

Friends of Princeton Library Grant: Transatlatic Literary Relations $2500, Friends of Princeton Library Grant

British Academy Travel Grant: R. L. Stevenson 'St Ives', The British Academy

Conference organisation:

Stevenson and Beyond, Organising Cmmittee

Covenanters Symposium Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities, Co-Organiser with Prof D. MacKinnon University of Queensland,

Editorial boards:

SCROLL, Advisory Board

Journal of Stevenson Studies, Advisory Board

Scottish Literary Review, Advisory Board

External committees:

Association of Scottish Literary Studies Council, ASLS, Council member

External PGR examinations performed:

University of Edinburgh, PhD, “I believe in love”: A. L. Kennedy & The Quest for Happy Ever After

University of Central Lancashire, MA by Research, The Issue of Salvation in George Eliot

University of Edinburgh, MScR, Secret Societies in Collins, Conan Doyle and Stevenson

University of Westminster, PhD, ‘Queering Scotland: the post-devolutionary moment in Scottish fiction

University of Glasgow, PhD, Voices from the 'Cauld East Countra' : representations of self in the poetry of Violet Jacob and Marion Angus

KIng's College London, PhD, Hell's dexterities : the violent art of Robert Louis Stevenson

Strathclyde, PhD, A Scotswoman in her text : Margaret Oliphant's literary negotiations with national identity

University of Queensland, PhD, deformities and Disguies in the Anxious Fiction of Robert Louis Stevenson

University of Glasgow, PhD, Spectral ambiguities : the tradition of psychosomatic supernaturalism in Scottish fiction

University of Glasgow, PhD, The image of the nation as a woman in twentieth century Scottish literature : Hugh MacDiarmid, Naomi Mitchison, Alasdair Gray

University of Edinburgh, PhD, Beyond skin : the exposed body and modern Scottish fiction

University of Edinburgh, PhD, Transcendental kinship in the work of George Friel and Alasdair Gray


Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities: Visiting Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh

The Huntington Library Mayers Fellowship, The Huntington Library, CA

Institute for Advamced Studies in the Humanities Fellowship, University of Edinburgh

Other invited event:

Keynote Lecture: World Congress of Scottish Literature, Prage, Invited lecture as keynote at IASSL World Congress of Scottish Literature

Keynote Lecture 'Taking Place Conference' VALE Research Group, The Sorbonne, Paris, 'Materiality and the Present Moment: Contemporary Scottish Fiction

Keynote Lecture, Institute of English Studies, Warsaw, Poland: Scotland in Europe Conference, Chronotopes of Justice in Contemporary Scottish Fiction

Contemporary Women’s Writing Symposium, University of Edinburgh, Symposium: 'Narrating the Ruins of Time'" Kate Atkinson and Ali Smith

AHRC Scottish Graduate Workshop: Editing, University of Edinburgh, Workshop on Textual Editing

Gender and Geography: Annie S. Swan, University of Edinburgh, University of Edinburgh English Literature Research Seminar Series

Scottish Women's Poetry: From Renaissance to Referendum Scottish Poetry Library, Scottish Poetry Library, Talk Glenda Norquay & Liz Lochead

Contemporary Scottish Women's Poetry, Scottish Poetry Library Edinburgh, 'Negative Energies': Scottish Women's Poetry

Keynote Lecture : Space and Place in Scottish Literature Scottish Studies Conference, University of Gdansk, Gdansk, Keynote Lecture: Geography, Gender, Literature and History

Keynote Lecture: ConferenceLes Femmes Qui Font L'Ecosse, Aix-en-Provence, Daughterlands' in Contemporary Scottish Women's Wrting

Research Grants Awarded:

AHRB, Robert Louis Stevenson and Theories of Reading, Grant value (£): 15,000, Duration of research project: Jan- JUne 2004

British Academy Small Grants, Edition of Robert Louis Stevenson, St. Ives, Grant value (£): £7155, Duration of research project: 1 year

Teaching qualification:

Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy