Julia Round

Dr Julia Round

  • Principal Academic
  • Weymouth House W322, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Biography

Julia Round is an award-winning writer and scholar whose research examines the intersections of Gothic, comics and children’s literature. Her books include Gothic for Girls: Misty and British Comics (University Press of Mississippi, 2019, winner of the Broken Frontier Award for Best Book on Comics), Gothic in Comics and Graphic Novels: A Critical Approach (McFarland, 2014), and the co-edited collection Real Lives Celebrity Stories (Bloomsbury, 2014). She is a Principal Lecturer in Bournemouth University’s Faculty of Media and Communication, Deputy Head of the Narrative Culture and Community Research Centre, and Programme Leader for the MA English and Literary Media Course. Outside the University, she is co-editor of Studies in Comics journal (Intellect Books) and of the book series Encapsulations (University of Nebraska Press), and co-organiser of the annual International Graphic Novel and Comics Conference (IGNCC). In 2015 she received the Inge Award for Comics Scholarship for her work on The Walking Dead and was previously awarded BU’s Vice Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (2011)...

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Journal Articles

Books

Chapters

  • 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.
  • Round, J. and Murray, C., 2017. INTRODUCTION. 3-5.
  • 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: Thomas, B.R., ed. 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. 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., 2012. The horror of humanity. The Walking Dead and Philosophy. Chicago: Open Court, 155-166.
  • 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. 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., 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., 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.

Conferences

  • Round, J., 2018. Zombie Rebirth. In: School of Humanities Annual Postgraduate Conference 12-13 May 2016 University of Dundee, Scotland.
  • Round, J., 2017. Canon or Common? Sandman, aesthetics and literariness (Keynote address). In: ComFor 1-3 December 2017 Bonn, Germany.
  • Round, J., 2017. Spaces of Horror in Locke and Key. In: Comics Forum 21-22 September 2017 Leeds.
  • Round, J. and Murray, C., 2017. The conferences. , 246-261.
  • Round, J., 2017. Graphic Gothic: Reading the Comics Page. In: Graphic Reading 19 May 2017 University of Birmingham.
  • Round, J., 2017. Mixing Visual Media in Sandman. In: ‘Mixing Visual Media in Comics' symposium 14-16 October 2016 St Johns University, Newfoundland, Canada.
  • Round, J., 2016. Make Misty for Me: Letters Pages in Girls Comics. In: Femorabilia 22 October 2016 John Moores University, Liverpool, UK. To form part of future book.
  • Round, J., 2016. Sandman, Aesthetics and Canonisation. In: Novel-Seeming-Goods 23-24 September 2016 Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany. Proposed edited collection in 2017.
  • Round, J. and Thomas, B., 2016. Moderating readers and readers online. In: Digital Reading Network 19 June 2014 EBC, Bournemouth University. Published in Language and Literature, 25 (3).
  • Round, J., 2016. Letters Pages in Comics. In: Comic Arts Conference 21-24 July 2016 San Diego, California. Part of future book.
  • Round, J., 2016. Misty and Gothic for Girls. In: International Conference of Graphic Novels and Comics 2016 - Graphic Gothic 11-13 July 2016 Manchester Metropolitan University. To be published in Studies in Comics 2017, 8 (2).
  • Round, J., 2016. Embedded Meta/Fictions in DC Comics. In: Popular Culture Association Conference 22-25 March 2016 Seattle, USA. Already published as part of my book Gothic in Comics and Graphic Novels.
  • Round, J., 2015. Cain and Abel and DC Comics. In: Illuminations 4 December 2015 Birkbeck, London.
  • Round, J., 2015. Revenant Landscapes in The Walking Dead. In: Popular Culture Association 30 March-3 April 2015 New Orleans, USA. International Journal of Comic Art.
  • Round, J., 2015. Misty and Gothic for Girls in British Comics. In: Comics Forum 12-13 November 2015 Leeds Public Library.
  • Round, J., 2015. Adaptation and The Walking Dead. In: Sixth International Graphic Novel and Comics Conference / Ninth International Bande Dessinée Society Conference 22-27 June 2015 ULIP, Paris.
  • Round, J. and Pope, J., 2014. Children’s Responses to Heroism in Roald Dahl’s Matilda. In: Devils and Dolls 14-15 March 2013 Bristol University. Children's Literature in Education: an international quarterly, 46 (3) Springer Verlag (Germany).
  • Round, J., 2014. Gothic in British Comics. In: Comic Arts Conference 24-27 July 2014 San Diego, USA.
  • Round, J., 2014. Misty: Echoes of EC Horror. In: Fifth International Graphic Novel and Comics Conference 18-20 July 2014 British Library, London.
  • Round, J., 2013. Gothic and Comics: Excess, Embodiment and Artifice. In: International Comics and Graphic Novel and International Bande Dessinée Society Joint Conference 24-28 June 2013 Glasgow University. Part of my book Gothic in Graphic Novels and Comics.
  • Round, J., 2013. Gothic, Comics and Ghosts in the Gutter. In: The Cultural Standing of Comics 2-3 May 2013 Universite Catholique de Leuven, Leuven, Belgium. Some material published as part of my book Gothic in Comics and Graphic Novels. Complete article translated into French and published 2017..
  • Round, J., 2013. Adapting Real Life in Harvey Pekar's American Splendor. In: thomas, B., ed. Adventures in Textuality 3-4 April 2013 Unversity of Sunderland. Published in edited collection Real Lives, Celebrity Stories.
  • Round, J. and Murray, C., 2012. In The Batcave Beneath The Ivory Towers - Keynote Talk. In: Transitions 3 November 2012 Birkbeck, London.
  • Round, J. and Thomas, B., 2012. Researching Readers Online. In: Digital Humanities Congress 6-8 September 2012 Sheffield. Research formed part of article for Language and Literature journal in 2016.
  • Round, J., 2010. ‘The Grandest Guignol!’ Reconstructing Alice Cooper in The Last Temptation (Neil Gaiman/Michael Zulli). In: International Graphic Novel and Comic Conference. Comics: cultures & genres 13-14 April 2010 Manchester Metropolitan University, England.
  • Round, J., 2010. Haunted spaces: chronological illusion, From Hell and the gothic graphic novel. In: Comic-Con International: Comic Arts Conference 22-25 July 2010 San Diego, CA, USA.
  • Round, J., 2009. Redefining time in Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean’s Signal to Noise. In: Timeframes - The 3rd Dundee Comics Conference 28 June 2009 Dundee University, Scotland.
  • Round, J., 2009. It’s all relative: breaking barriers and binaries in Garth Ennis/Steve Dillon’s Preacher. In: International Conference on Narrative 2009 4-6 June 2009 University of Birmingham, England.
  • Round, J., 2008. Mobility of voice and view in comics: propositions for a new taxonomy. In: Paraliterary Narratives: Reassessing the 'Graphic Novel' 6-7 June 2008 The School of Arts, Northampton University, England.
  • Round, J. and Hipple, D., 2008. Naturalising the fantastic: comics archetypes and Heroes. In: ‘Reality, Reliability and Access’: Journeys Across Media 2008 11 April 2008 Reading University, England.
  • Hipple, D. and Round, J., 2008. Naturalising the fantastic: science fiction and the uncanny realism of Heroes. In: ‘Reality, Reliability and Access’: Journeys Across Media 2008 11 April 2008 Reading University, England.
  • Round, J., 2008. Contrariwise! Breaking rules in Alice in Sunderland. In: The Rules of the Game: Structures, Signs and Play in Word and Image. The Annual Scottish Word & Image Group Conference 5-6 September 2008 Dundee University, Scotland.
  • Round, J., 2007. Apocatastasis: redefining tropes of the apocalypse in Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean’s Signal to Noise. In: Millennial Fictions 6-7 July 2007 Brunel University, London.
  • Round, J., 2007. ‘Can I call you “Mommy”?’ Myths of the female and superheroic in Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean’s Black Orchid. In: Debating the Difference: Gender, Representation and Self-Representation: The Annual Scottish Word & Image Group Conference 5-6 September 2007 Dundee University, Scotland.

Reports

Grants

  • 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

Qualifications

  • 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)

Honours

  • 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)

Memberships

  • 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, Unknown, , 05 Oct 2015