I have now retired from teaching.
I graduated from the London School of Economics with a BSc (Econ) in Government and have an MA and PhD in English Literature from the Victoria University of Manchester.
A qualified teacher, I have taught in schools and a range of higher education institutions. I was Head of the English Department and then Dean at Liverpool Hope University College until 2002; I joined MMU as Head of the English Department in 2003, a post from which I retired in December 2010. For the next three years as a research professor, I changed my title from Professor of English to Professor of Gothic Literature in order to support the development of the now flourishing Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies. Now an emeritus professor, i make occasional appearances at MMU, conferences, symposiums and literary festivals.
Prose fiction of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; Gothic; women’s writing.
A long standing collaboration with Professor Avril Horner of Kingston University has produced three books: Landscapes of Desire: Metaphors in Modern Women’s Fiction (1990); Daphne du Maurier: Writing, Identity and the Gothic Imagination (1998) and Gothic and the Comic Turn (2005), as well as numerous articles and essays and the edited collection Le Gothic: Influences and Appropriations in Europe and America (2008). Our most recent joint publication was an edition of Eaton Stannard Barrett’s 1813 novel The Heroine for Valancourt Press (2011). We have recently contributed an essay entitled 'The Apocalyptic Sublime' to a collection published by Routledge, Apocalyptic Discourse in Contemporary Fiction and an essay on configurations of gender for a new Cambridge Companion to the Modern Gothic, both published in 2014. Our jointly edited Edinburgh Companion to Women and the Gothic was published in 2016 and appeared in paperback in 2017.
The Edinburgh Companion included our essay on the intersection of age and gender in the Gothic.'No Country for Old Women', which was based on a paper we jointly presented at the 2013 International Gothic Association's biennial conference at the University of Surrey. We are both past presidents of the Association.
In 2013, Manchester University Press published a collection of essays, Gothic Kinship, which was jointly edited with Dr Agnes Andeweg of the University of Utrecht. This was published in paperback in 2017.
S. Zlosnik (2011). Patrick McGrath.
S. Zlosnik, A. Horner (2009). Myself When Others: Daphne du Maurier and the Double Dialogue with ‘D’. Women: A Cultural Review. 20(1), pp.9-24.
A. Horner, S. Zlosnik Keeping it in the family: incest and the female gothic plot in du Maurier and Murdoch.
Most recently, I was the keynote speaker at a one-day symposium at the University of Stirling, Scotland (January 2016): Asylums, Pathologies and the Themes of Madness: Patrick McGrath and his Gothic Contemporaries.
i contributed a chapter to Palgrave's History of British Women's Writing, Vol 10 (2015): 'The Gothic: Danger, Discontent and Desire'.
A long article on the fiction of Patrick McGrath will appear in the forthcoming Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Contemporary British and Irish Literature and at the editors' invitation I shall be writing the foreword for the forthcoming Patrick McGrath and his Worlds (Routledge).
Reader for the following presses:
Edinburgh University Press; Manchester University Press; Palgrave Macmillan; Routledge; University of Wales Press
Peer reviews for the following journals:
Adaptation; British Association of Romanticism; Clio; The Feminist Review; Gothic Studies (member of the editorial board), Gender Studies; Mosaic; Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature; University of Toronto Quarterly
Member of the judging panel for the International Gothic Association's Allan Lloyd Smith Prize.