Sarah Fanning has taught literature and film courses at universities in both Canada and Britain. Her PhD thesis, Changing Fictions of Masculinity: Adaptations of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, 1939-2009, traced the development of the Brontë adaptation during Hollywood's Studio Years and, later, in British television. The thesis focussed its subject on the ways different adaptation contexts (cultural and industrial) worked alongside shifting ideas of masculinity to shape and diversify onscreen depictions of Rochester and Heathcliff. Dr Fanning's unique interests in both the theory and practice of literary adaptations have lead her to develop strong ties between the academic community and the television industry in Britain. In addition to her own research and teaching, she is also involved in projects for BBC Drama.
"A Post-Feminist Hero: Sandy Welch's North & South (BBC, 2004)." Conflicting Masculinities: Men in Television Period Drama . Edited by Julie Anne Taddeo, James Leggott, and Katherine Byrne. London: IB Tauris, 2018.
"The Many Faces of Jane Eyre: Film Cultures and the Frontiers of Feminist Representation." Brontë Studies: Special Issue: Charlotte Brontë: 'The business of a woman's life' 43.1 (January 2018): 41-54.
"'A Soul Worth Saving': Post-Feminist Masculinities in Twenty-First-Century Televised Adaptations of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights ." Adaptation 10.1 (March 2017): 73-92.
"Adapting the Nineteenth Century." Conference Report. Literature Film Association Newsletter 3.1 (February 1, 2009): 5-7.
"Review of Sarah Wootton's Byronic Heroes in Nineteenth-Century Women's Writing and Screen Adaptation." Romanticism 25.1 (April 2019): 113-116.
"Inventing Emily: The Mythography of the Biopic." Brontë Studies : Special Issue: Emily Brontë:A Peculiar Music . (April 2020).
Works in Progress
Monograph: Screening Brontë Men: Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights from Hollywood's Golden Age to the Dark-Heritage Film.
Book Chapter: "Bad or Mad? Retrodiagnosis and Pathology in Sally Wainwright's To WalkInvisible (2016)." Co-author: Dr. Claire O'Callaghan. Diagnosing History: Medicine in Television Costume Dramas . Edited by Julie Taddeo, James Leggott, and Katherine Byrne. Publisher and date of publication: TBA.
"Inventing Emily: The Mythography of the Biopic." The 2018 Emily Brontë Bicentenary Conference, York (U.K.), September 2018
"Reclaiming the Brontës: Sally Wainwright's To Walk Invisible (2016)." The Association of Adaptation Studies 12th Annual Conference, Leicester (U.K.), September 2017
"The Many Faces of Jane Eyre: Film Cultures and the Frontiers of Feminist Representation." The 2016 Charlotte Brontë Bicentenary Conference, Manchester (U.K.), August 2016
"For Crying Out Loud: Men, Emotion and the Screen." 4th Annual Association of Adaptation Studies Conference, BFI, London, September 2009
"The Characterization of Rochester in the BBC's Jane Eyre (2006)." "Adapting the Nineteenth Century: Revisiting, Revising and Rewriting the Past," University of Wales, Lampeter (U.K.), August 2008
Bibliographical Society of Canada
Brontë Studies (Taylor & Francis)
Brontë Studies: Special Issue: Emily Brontë: A Peculiar Music. (April 2020)
B.A. (Saint Mary's University)
M.A. (University of New Brunswick)
Ph.D. (University of Exeter, 2013)
Introduction to Principles of Literary Analysis
Research Interests: Literary adaptation; eighteenth and nineteenth century novel (especially women novelists); Victorian culture; social history; gender studies; gothic fiction; visual culture; film and television narrative; genre; masculinity in women’s writing; literature in art; script analysis; heritage film and television; cultural studies.
Lori Mahen Memorial Scholarship 2001
Danai Spirospoulous Award 2001
School of Graduate Studies Award 2004 DWL Earl Fellowship 2004