Rebecca Mills

Dr Rebecca Mills

  • Senior Lecturer in Communications and English
  • WH
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Journal Articles



  • Mills, R. and McInnes, A., 2022. "An Elaborate Cover”: Staging Identities at School and Abroad in Robin Stevens’s Murder Mysteries. In: Russell, D., ed. Containing Childhood: Space and Identity in Children’s Literature. University Press of Mississippi.
  • Mills, R., 2022. The Middlebrow Woman Detective Author. In: Bernthal, J.C. and Evans, M.A., eds. The Bloomsbury Handbook to Agatha Christie. Bloomsbury Academic.
  • Mills, R., 2020. Victims. The Routledge Companion to Crime Fiction. 149-158.
  • Mills, R., 2019. Detecting the Blitz: Trauma and Memory in Christie’s Post-War Writings. In: Bernthal, J.C., ed. Agatha Christie Goes to War. Routledge.
  • Mills, R., 2016. 'England’s Pockets: Objects of Anxiety in Agatha Christie’s Post-War Novels'. In: Bernthal, J.C., ed. The Ageless Agatha Christie: Essays on the Mysteries and the Legacy. McFarland & Co., 29-44.
  • Bright, B. and Mills, R., 2016. The revelations of the corpse: Interpreting the body in the golden age detective novel. New Perspectives on Detective Fiction: Mystery Magnified. 32-51.

Profile of Teaching PG

  • Markets and Audiences (MA in English and Literary Media)
  • Culture and Controversy (MA in English and Literary Media) guest lecture: "Teenage Kicks: Sex, Queerness, and Young Adult Cultures"
  • Narrating Identities (MA in English and Literary Media)
  • Dissertation supervision (MA in Media and Communication)
  • Dissertation supervision (MA in English and Literary Media)

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Celebrity Culture (BA Communication and Media, Level 6 option)
  • Crime and Terror (BA English, Level 6 option)
  • Narrative Structures (BA English and BA Communication and Media, Level 5)
  • Children's Literature (BA English, Level 5)
  • Media: Messages and Meanings (BA English and BA Communication and Media, Level 5) guest lecture: Villains & Victims: Crime and Gender in Media and Culture
  • Adaptation (BA English and BA Communication and Media, Level 4 ) guest lecture: Adapting Fictions and Fantasies: The Case of Agatha Christie
  • Dissertation supervision (BA in Communication and Media)
  • Forms and Contexts (BA in English level 4)
  • Gender and Sexuality (BA in English, level 5)

Internal Responsibilities

Journal Reviewing/Refereeing

  • Clues: a journal of detection, Anonymous peer review, 01 Apr 2021

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • Art, Artefacts and Curios in Victorian Gothic Stories (Russell-Cotes Museum and Art Gallery, November 2022) (09 Nov 2022)

Conference Presentations

  • Hardy and Gothic Wessex, A Map is Not all the Plot': Unhomely Houses and Liminal Landscapes in Gladys Mitchell's Awkward Gothic Wessex, 28 Oct 2022, Dorchester / Virtual
  • Agatha Christie: Investigating the Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie Goes to War (keynote given with J.C. Bernthal), 05 Sep 2019, Solent University, Southampton
  • The Ninth International Graphic Novel and Comics Conference 2018, Figuring Fictions And Fractures: Trauma, Memory, And The Mystery Of Agatha Christie, 27 Jun 2018, Bournemouth University
  • Captivating Criminality 4: Detection, Public and Private, Past and Present, ‘“Los Angeles is too big”’: Foggy cartographies in Dorothy B. Hughes’s In a Lonely Place (1947), 29 Jun 2017, Bath Spa University, Corsham Court
  • Agatha Christie: A Reappraisal, ‘Detecting the Blitz: Trauma and Amnesia in Agatha Christie’s Post-War Novels’, 19 Jun 2017, Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge University

Attended Training

  • Writing and presenting for non-academic audiences (RKEO 'Pathways to Impact' workshop), 12 Jul 2018


  • PhD in English Literature (University of Exeter, 2014)
  • MA in Twentieth-Century Literary Studies (Durham University, 2010)
  • MA in English Philology (University of Helsinki, Finland, 2009)
  • BA in English Philology with British and Irish Studies (University of Helsinki, Finland, 2008)

External Media and Press