PhD English

University of Leeds, 2017 – 2020

  • Thesis: Ecomasculinities and the Old West in U.S Fiction, 1970- Present
  • Supervisor: Dr Hamilton Carroll
MLitt Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture

University of St Andrews, 2016

  • Dissertation: Music and Graphic Narratives (Distinction)
  • Supervisor: Dr Emma Sutton
BA (Hons) English, First Class

Staffordshire University, 2012

  • Dissertation: European Postmodernism in the Novels of Umberto Eco (First Class)
  • Supervisor: Dr Douglas Field

Victoria Addis

PhD Researcher

Freelance Writer



Freelance Writer and Editor

Self Employed, 2014-Present

  • Freelance journalism
  • Blogging
  • Copywriting for websites and businesses
English Teacher (TESOL) and Lecturer in International Business

Changsha College of Civil Affairs, 2013-2014

  • Prepared and delivered 2-hour oral English workshops for students of Tourism and Hospitality
  • Prepared and delivered lectures for an ‘English Speaking Countries’ module in the School of International Business
  • Set and marked tests and examinations
  • Tutored a select group of students for a national English Speaking competition
  • Organised an English Film Club in collaboration with colleagues.
English Teacher (TESOL)

Jinghuayuan School, 2013-2013

  • Taught classes at an English summer school for 14-15 year olds.
  • Delivered welcome address and closing remarks on behalf of foreign teachers to over 500 staff and students.
Advertising and Marketing Assistant

Gallery Loft Conversions, 2012-2013

  • Organised local advertising campaigns on the radio and in print
  • Put together “loft information packs” for use at the annual loft show in Cardiff
  • Gathered client testimonials for use on the website and in promotional materials
  • Designed and commissioned the production of leaflets and posters
  • General office duties
Proof-reader and Indexer

Henson Editorial Services and North Staffordshire Press, 2010-2011

  •  Proof-reading and indexing academic texts (sports science, sociology)
  • Used specialist software such as Textract and Kudu
  • Completed “Introduction to Publishing” course


Journal Articles
Book Chapters
  • ‘Gender Blending and Psychic Phenomena: Forming Ecomasculinites in Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow.’ Stefan Brandt and Rubén Cenamor (eds.) Ecomasculinities in Real and Fictional North-America: The Flourishing of New Men. US: Lexington Books. (Forthcoming).
Selected Reviews
Selected Blogs & Media

Other Activities


“Old West, Now” Podcast, 2017-Present

  • Academic podcast discussing the old west in modern and contemporary culture
  • Interviewing academics about their research
  • Bridging academic and popular discourse through social media
  • Using Soundcloud, Audacity (sound editing), WordPress, and Social Media
  • Twitter: @OldWestNow

“A Hermit’s Progress” Blog & YouTube Channel (from 2015), 2013-2016

  • Book Review Blog
  • Worked with publishers including Oxford University Press, Bloomsbury, and New York Review Books
  • Experience using Youtube, WordPress, and Sony Vegas (video editing software)
  • Voted one of Book Riot’s “22 Favourite Bookish Youtubers” in 2016
Academic Service
  • I am a peer reviewer for the journal, ImageTexT.
Networks & Memberships
  • International Scholars of the Western Network
  • American Culture Association (ACA)
  • British Association for American Studies (BAAS)
  • British Association for Contemporary Literary Studies (BACLS)

Awards & Funding

  • John Barnard Doctoral Scholarship, University of Leeds, 2017-2020
  • Free Mentoring, The WoMentoring Project, 2014-2016