Dr Izabela Hopkins

Izabela is involved in a number of research projects with a focus on eighteenth-century theatre and literature, in addition to pursuing her own research in the literature of the American South.

Izabela obtained her MA in Literature: Politics and Identity from the University of Worcester. Her doctoral thesis explored reconstructions of whiteness in the literature of the American South from 1890 until 1920. Her areas of expertise and interest include Southern literature of the end of the nineteenth and the early twentieth centuries, southern gothic, plantation fiction, literary theory, race theory, cultural theory, diaspora and psychogeography.

Izabela is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has taught at Birmingham City University and the University of Worcester. She has taught a variety of undergraduate modules, including critical approaches and contexts, modernism and postmodernism, gothic literatures, and literature in film adaptation.

Izabela has published articles in the Mississippi Quarterly and South Central Review. She has also researched and published in the field of pedagogy, on the applicability of games to teaching literature. Games for English Literature offers practical and flexible games scenarios that can be used to enhance teaching literature, both at further and higher education levels, by fostering and promoting student engagement.