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Associate Professor Ingrid Horrocks PhD, MA (English), MA

Senior Lecturer

School of English and Media Studies

Ingrid Horrocks completed a BA (Hons) in English at Victoria University before going to the Univeristy of York as a Commonwealth Scholar. She has an interdiplinary MA in 18thC Studies from York and a PhD in English from Princeton, where she also studied creative writing. She returned home in 2006, and in 2007 took up a position on the Wellington campus. She teaches into both creative writing and literature papers. She has been a Resident Scholar at the Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies at Victoria University of Wellington and an official Visiting Scholar at the University of Melbourne. She lives near the Wellington zoo with her partner and twin daughters.

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Contact details

  • Location: 7C28
    Campus: Wellington


  • PhD - Princeton (2006)
  • MA (English) - Princeton (2003)
  • MA (18thC Studies), with Distinction - University of York (2000)
  • BA (Hons) English, First Class - Victoria University (1997)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Ingrid's creative publications include two collections of poetry, a number of personal essays, and a genre-bending travel book, Travelling with Augusta: 1835 & 1999, part travel memoir, part biography, part history of women's travel. In 2009 she received a Marsden Fast-start Award for a critical book now forth-coming with Cambridge UP as Women Wanderers and the Writing of Mobility, 1784-1814. In connection with this project, she has published a number of articles, a scholarly edition of Mary Wollstonecraft's 1796 travel book, Letters Written during a Short Residence in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark (Broadview, 2013), and is currently working on an edition of Charlotte Smith: The Major Poems, with Claire Knowles (La Trobe).

More recently she has been developing new creative nonfiction projects and work in the field of New Zealand studies. Recent publications in this area include Chapter One in A History of New Zealand Literature (Cambridge UP, 2016), a pair of creative and critical essays on the work of New Zealand essayist, Martin Edmond, and editing,with Cherie Lacey (Victoria), a collection of personal essays by writers, historians, literary scholars and cultural theorists, Extraordinary Anywhere: Essays on Place from Aotearoa New Zealand (Victoria UP, 2016).


21st Century Citizenship

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
British and Irish Literature (200503):
Creative Writing (incl. Playwriting) (190402):
Languages, Communication And Culture (200000): Literary Studies (200500): New Zealand Literature (excl. Maori Literature) (200505):
Performing Arts and Creative Writing (190400): Studies In Creative Arts And Writing (190000)


Travel writing, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Genre History, Gender Studies, Romanticism, 18thC Studies, Women's Writing.

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 0 5

Completed Projects

Project Title: Critical edition of Mary Wollenstonecraft's A Short Residence in Sweden, Norway and Denmark

This critical edition of foundational feminist Mary Wollstonecraft's only travel book, A Short Residence in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark, was published by Broadview Press in 2013. In a series of letters addressed to an unnamed lover, the work narrates Wollstonecraft's journey through Scandinavia in 1795, on much of which she was accompanied by her infant daughter. Passionate and personal, A Short Residence is at once a moving epistolary travel narrative, a politically-motivated ethnographic tract, a work of scenic tourism, and a sentimental journey. It is both as much a work of political thought as Wollstonecraft's better known feminist treatises, and a brilliant, innovate, and influential work of travel writing. This Broadview edition provides a 12,000 word critical introduction and extensive appendices that contextualize this remarkable text in relation to key political and aesthetic debates. Leading Romantic scholar, Professor Mary Favret, of Indiana University, Bloomington, describes the edition as, "An unparalleled achievement for Wollstonecraft scholarship and Romantic Studies," and observes that "Horrocks's edition does justice to the magnificence and complexity of these Letters." Hear Ingrid talking with Kim Hill about this project:
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Date Range: 2012 - 2012

Funding Body: Massey University

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Project Title: Reluctant Wanderers: women re-imagine the margins, 1775-1800

A wanderer is someone who moves from place to place encountering a series of different people. This research project will ask how and why the figure of the female wanderer became important in late eighteenth-century British literary culture. It will produce an academic monograph exploring appearances of this figure in a range of literary forms, from sonnet sequences to gothic novels to travel narratives. Texts by Charlotte Smith, Ann Radcliffe, Mary Wollstonecraft and Frances Burney will be examined to critically assess their content, context and formal attributes and to reveal distinctive contributions to wide-ranging debates about gender, sympathy, and literary form. Reluctant Wanderers will analyse this significant understudied corpus of literary texts in order to show that the distinctiveness of this tradition of wandering has important and influential intellectual and textual effects. In this research I aim 1) to show that the tradition of this female wanderer influenced later, better known, conceptions of the wanderer; 2) to provide new material for engaging with current thinking about sympathy; and 3) to develop the original critical contention that wandering can be understood as a formal trait of late eighteenth-century texts as much as an event that takes place in them.
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Date Range: 2009 - 2012

Funding Body: Marsden Fund - Fast Start

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Project Title: Reluctant Wanderers: Women Re-Imagine the Margins, 1775 - 1800

This long term research project has been funded by both a Marsden Fast-start Award and Massey University Research Fund. From the picaresque hero to the sentimental traveller or "man of feeling," to the iconic traveller of Romantic writing, the male wanderer is a recurrent and familiar figure in eighteenth and nineteenth century literature, while his journey is written into the DNA of the novelistic Bildungsroman. This cross-genre literary-critical project alters this familiar picture by finding an unexpected connection between the explosion in interest in wanderers in the late eighteenth century and the fact that in literary texts women wanderers tend to bear the worst consequences of wandering. Focusing on work by four key women authors, Charlotte Smith, Ann Radcliffe, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Frances Burney, this examination makes movement in what is often seen as the first "great age of travel" look rather more frightening than has previously been understood. These texts - which range from poetry to gothic novels to travel narratives - represent important early thinking about how crucially different the experience of mobility is for different people in differing circumstances. This research project suggests that the figure of the female wanderer worked in this period as representative-that is, as a valuable general entry point for explorations of unanchored and troubled modern subjectivity. At the same time, the figure also served as emblematic of women's peculiarly exposed position. In telling the story of an over-looked literary tradition of writing about movement, this project offers new ways of thinking about the relationships between travel, gender, loneliness, and social relations.
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Date Range: 2008 - 2009

Funding Body: Massey University

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Research Outputs


Horrocks, I. (2010). "Circling eye" and "houseless stranger": The new eighteenth-century wanderer (Thomson to Goldsmith). ELH - English Literary History. 77(3), 665-687
[Journal article]Authored by: Horrocks, I.


Horrocks, IA., & Lacey, C. (2016). Writing here. In IA. Horrocks, & C. Lacey (Eds.) Extraordinary anywhere: Essays on place from Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 8 - 19). Wellington: Victoria University Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Horrocks, I.Edited by: Horrocks, I.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 0 1
CoSupervisor 2 1


In addition to the main paper that she co-ordinates, Writing Creative Nonfiction, Ingrid currently runs the Travel Writing paper in Wellington and teaches the creative writing components of the first year Bachelor of Communications paper, Creative Communication. At the postgraduate level she is also involved in the Masters of Creative Writing, with a number of completed and on-going supervisions, and runs a Honours level paper on 18thCentury and Romantic Literature (not offered in 2016).  

Current Doctoral Supervision

CoSupervisor of:

  • Janet Newman - PhD
    A Tradition of Ecopoetry in New Zealand
  • Noor Fatima Bukhari Fatima - PhD
    Once Upon a Time in the Land of Five Rivers: A Comparative Analysis of Folktales of the Punjab, from the colonial era to the contemporary.

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • 2015 - Lynn Alison Davidson - PhD
    Repetition as Revision: Explored through the Revision of Place in JackieKay's Fiere, Kathleen Jamie's The Tree House, and Crane, a Creative Composition by Lynn Davidson

CoSupervisor of:

  • 2014 - Aleksandra Lane - PhD
    Bridging the Gap Between Traditional and Experimental Poetry: Dramatic Monologue and Dramatic Lyric in Contemporary New Zealand Poetry

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