Ruth Charnock

Dr Ruth Charnock is a writer. 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 forthcoming. Her edited collection, Joni Mitchell: New Critical Readings was published by Bloomsbury in 2019 and she is the winner of the Antonia Fraser Award (2019). You can find out more about her work here:


Selected Publications


Joni Mitchell: New Critical Readings (Bloomsbury, 2019)

‘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