Bridget Bennett is a Professor of American Literature and Culture at the University of Leeds and a member of the BAAS executive committee. Her most recent major work is a monograph titled Transatlantic Spiritualism and Nineteenth-Century American Literature (2007) and she is currently working on a monograph titled Danger at Home. Professor Bennett's varied research interests are reflected in her main publications: Ripples of Dissent (1996); The Damnation of Harold Frederic (1997); Grub Street to the Ivory Tower (1998); Special Relationships: Anglo-American Affinities and Antagonisms, 1854-1936, (2002) and Twelve Months in an English Prison (2003, two volumes). In the past she has been awarded a Leverhulme Trust Fellowship and several AHRC awards, including the AHRC's Connected Communities Programme for a project titled "Imagining the Place of Home".

60 Seconds With Bridget Bennett

What has been your most memorable career moment so far?

“There are two. At the very start of my DPhil viva the examiners told me that I had passed. They had to tell me three times before I believed them, so it has firmly stuck in my mind. The second took place some months later, when having decisively realised that I really did not want to be an academic I wandered into to British Library one evening after work to read a book. I suddenly realised it was too late: I had accidentally become one.” Continue reading