Ruth Charnock

Dr Ruth Charnock is a writer and Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Lincoln. She specialises in contemporary culture, literature and theory and is particularly interested in affect, feminism and popular culture. Her monograph Anaïs Nin: bad sex, shame and contemporary culture is out with EUP next year, as is an edited collection Joni Mitchell: New Critical Readings, with Bloomsbury NY. She is also a TEDx speaker.


Selected Publications

‘Shaming the shameless: what is dangerous about Anais Nin?’ Dangerous Women Project, 2016

‘An anthropology of the present’: caring about things in Siri Hustvedt’s The Blindfold’ in Alluvium: 21st-Century Writing, 21st-Century Approaches, 4 (6), 2016,

‘”I want what everyone wants”: cruel optimism in HBO’s Girls.’ In: Gender and Economics in Popular Culture: Femininity, Masculinity and Austerity in Film and TV.(London, I. B. Tauris, 2016)

‘Incest in the 1990s: reading Anais Nin’s “Father Story”‘. Life Writing, 11(1), 2014, pp. 55-68.


Ruth Charnock