Julia Round

Dr Julia Round

  • Principal Academic
  • Weymouth House W322, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Julia Round (MA, PhD) is a Principal Lecturer at Bournemouth University (UK) and editor of Studies in Comics journal (Intellect). Her research and teaching interests include gothic, comics and children’s literature. She is co-organiser of the annual International Conference of Graphic Novels and Comics (now in its eighth year), Programme Leader for Bournemouth University’s MA Literary Media course, and the convenor of BU’s Narrative Research Group. Julia speaks at numerous international conferences each year and has published a large number of peer-reviewed articles and chapters in multiple languages. Her books include the monograph Gothic in Comics and Graphic Novels: A Critical Approach (McFarland, 2014), and the co-edited collection Real Lives Celebrity Stories (Bloomsbury, 2014). She has recently completed two AHRC-funded studies examining how digital transformations affect young people's reading. In 2015 she received the Inge Award for Comics Scholarship (Popular Culture Association), and was previously awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (Bournemouth University, 2011)...



Journal Articles



  • Round, J., 2020. From comic to graphic and from book to novel: Sandman’s invisible authors and the quest for literariness. In: Lanzendorfer, T. and Norrick-Ruhl, C., eds. The Novel as Network: Forms, Ideas, Commodities,. Palgrave.
  • Round, J., 2020. Horror Hosts in British Girls’ Comics. In: Bloom, C., ed. The Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Gothic. Palgrave.
  • Round, J., 2019. Gothic and Comics: From The Haunt of Fear to a Haunted Medium. In: Punter, D., ed. Edinburgh Companion to Gothic and the Arts. Edinburgh University Press, 418-433.
  • Round, J., 2019. Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez's Locke & Key (2008-2013) - Horror Comics. In: Bacon, S., ed. Horror: A Companion. Peter Lang, 53-60.
  • Round, J., 2018. Grant Morrison, Dave McKean, and Gaspar Saladino's Arkham Asylum (1989). The Gothic. 161-168.
  • Crowther, S., 2017. Introduction. In: Crowther, S. and Hall, J., eds. Spirituality and childbirth: meaning and care. Routledge.
  • Round, J. and Murray, C., 2017. The Conferences. In: Duncan, R. and Smith, M., eds. The Secret Origins of Comics Studies. Routledge, 246-261.
  • Round, J., 2017. Gothique et bande dessinée, des fantômes entre les cases [Gothic and Comics: Ghosts in the Gutter]. In: Ahmed, M., Delneste, S. and Tilleuil, J., eds. Le Statut Culturel de la Bande Dessinée: Ambiguïtés et Évolutions [The Cultural Standing of Comics: Ambiguities and Changes]. Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium: Academia-L'Harmattan, 75-96.
  • Round, J., 2014. The Transformations of Harvey Pekar's American Splendor: 'Ordinary Life is Pretty Complex Stuff'. In: Round, J. and Thomas, B.R., eds. Real Lives Celebrity Stories. Bloomsbury.
  • Lilleker, D., 2014. Autobiography and Political Marketing: Narrative and the Obama Brand. Real Lives, Celebrity Stories. Bloomsbury.
  • Round, J., 2013. We share our mothers’ health: temporality and the gothic in comic-book landscapes. Comic Book Geographies. x.
  • Round, J., 2013. Anglo-American Graphic Narrative. In: Stein, D. and Thon, J., eds. From Comic Strips to Graphic Novels: Contributions to the Theory and History of Graphic Narrative. Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter, 325-346.
  • Round, J., 2013. The Zombie Walk. In: McDougall, J. and Bennett, P., eds. Mythologies Today. Routledge.
  • Round, J., 2012. Fantastic alterities and The Sandman. In: Jakaitis, J. and Wurtz, J.F., eds. Crossing Boundaries in Graphic Narrative: Essays on Forms, Series and Genres. McFarland, 71-92.
  • Round, J., 2012. The horror of humanity. The Walking Dead and Philosophy. Chicago: Open Court, 155-166.
  • Round, J., 2012. Gothic and the graphic novel. In: Punter, D., ed. A New Companion to the Gothic. Oxford, England: Wiley-Blackwell, 335-349.
  • Round, J., 2012. Medium, spirits and embodiment in voice of the fire. In: Green, M.J.A., ed. Alan Moore and the Gothic Tradition. Manchester University Press.
  • Round, J., 2011. Naturalising the Fantastic: Comics archetypes in heroes. In: Simmons, D., ed. Investigating Heroes: Essays on Truth, Justice and Quality TV. Jefferson, CA, USA: McFarland, 51-65.
  • Round, J., 2011. Out of House and Holmes. In: Steiff, J., ed. Sherlock Holmes and Philosophy: The Footprints of a Gigantic Mind. Chicago, IL. USA: Open Court, 135-146.
  • Round, J., 2010. ‘“Be vewy vewy quiet. We’re hunting Wippers.” A Barthesian analysis of the construction of fact and fiction in Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell’s From Hell. In: Goggin, J. and Hassler-Forest, D., eds. The Rise and Reason of Comics and Graphic Literature: Critical Essays on the Form. Jefferson, NC., USA: McFarland, 188-201.
  • Round, J., 2010. “The Apocalypse of Adolescence”: Use of the Bildungsroman and Superheroic Tropes in Mark Millar & Peter Gross’s Chosen. In: Lewis, A.D. and Hoff Kraemer, C., eds. Graven images: religion in comic books and graphic novels. New York: Continuum, 188-202.
  • Round, J., 2010. Chapter One: “Is this a book?” DC Vertigo and the redefinition of comics in the 1990s. In: Williams, P. and Lyons, J., eds. Contemporary American Comics: Creators and their Contexts. University of Mississippi Press, 14-30.
  • Round, J., 2010. Can I call you Mommy? Myths of the feminine and superheroic in Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean's Black Orchid. Debating the difference: gender representation and self regulation. Dundee, Scotland.: Duncan of Jordanstone College, University of Dundee.
  • Round, J., 2010. Transforming Shakespeare: Neil Gaiman and The Sandman. In: Frus, P., ed. Beyond Adaptation: Essays on Radical Transformations of Original Works. Jefferson NC,USA: McFarland, 95-110.
  • Round, J., 2010. Haunted spaces: chronological illusion, From Hell and the gothic graphic novel. In: Punter, D., ed. A New Companion to the Gothic. Blackwells.
  • Round, J., 2009. Mutilation and Monsters: Transcending the Human in Garth Ennis/Steve Dillon’s Preacher. In: Coelsch-Foisner, S. and Morales, M.F., eds. The Human Body in Contemporary Literatures in English. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 109-128.
  • Round, J., 2009. Impersonating Hollywood: The Conflicting Identity Discourses of 'Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories'. In: Wisniewski, K.A., ed. The Comedy of Dave Chappelle: Critical Essays. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland, 86-101.
  • Round, J., 2008. Subverting Shakespeare? The Sandman #19. In: MacPherson, P., Murray, C., Spark, G. and Corstophine, K., eds. Sub/Versions: Cultural Status, Genre and Critique. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 18-33.




  • Digital Reading Network (Arts and Humanities Research Council, 01 Jul 2013). Completed
  • Researching Readers Online (Arts and Humanities Research Council, 01 Feb 2012). Completed

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • Practice-based research sharing my work on the British girls' comic Misty
  • Comics Jam: Preserving British Comics. A gathering of experts and stakeholders to discuss the preservation of British comics history
  • Publication of feature article in Comic Scene #4
  • 'A Magical Misty Tour'
  • Practice-based research sharing my work on the British girls' comic Misty
  • The Horrible Hidden History of British Comics: A Make and Do Session
  • Women in Comics Day at Dundee Literary Festival: public talk and roundtable discussion
  • Interview for feature in 2000AD #2011
  • Practice-based research sharing my work on the British girls' comic Misty
  • Comics 101: A Public Talk at Melksham Comic-Con


  • PGCE in Research Supervision (Bournemouth University, 2012)
  • PGCE in Education (Bournemouth University, 2010)
  • PhD in From Comic Book to Graphic Novel: Writing, Reading (Bristol University, 2006)
  • MA in Teaching and Practice of Creative Writing (Cardiff University, 2001)
  • BA (Hons) in English Literature (Cardiff University, 1998)


  • Best Book on Comics (Broken Frontier http://www.brokenfrontier.com/broken-frontier-awards-2019-announcing-winners/, 2019)
  • You're Brilliant Award (Students' Union Bournemouth University, 2017)
  • M. Thomas Inge Award for Comics Scholarship (Popular Culture Association, 2015)
  • You're Brilliant Award (Students' Union Bournemouth University, 2012)
  • Vice Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (Bournemouth University, 2010)


  • Comics Studies Society, Member (2017-),
  • MeCCSA, Member (2010-),
  • International Society for the Study of Narrative, Member,

External Media and Press

Broadcast Interview

  • BBC News Worldwide, Marvel Comics
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