Corey Hartley


I’m currently working towards my PhD exploring the interelations of gender queer identity in society and literature; focussing on gender pluralism and identities which defy the rigid gender binary in today’s society.

I began my academic career in South Wales at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Lampeter, where I gained my Joint BA with Hons degree in English and Creative Writing with a 2:1 and there I fell in love with academia, an area where you’re rewarded for reading – what could be better? Following this I decided I wanted to share my passion for English with others and decided to study to become a teacher, studying for my Post Graduate Certificate in Education in Lifelong Learning at University Campus Oldham, which I was successful in achieving accreditation from the University of Huddersfield. For the last few years I was teaching English, Employability and Living Skills at Special Educational Needs (SEN) college, but since the pandemic of 2020 and being in lockdown for months I realised that it was time to move on, time to progress further and chose to apply to do my PhD at University of Leeds.

Research interests

My current project (PhD thesis) is titled Rewriting the Fiction of Gender Binary: Exploring depictions of non-binary individuals and their construction of gender identity in contemporary Anglo-American fiction.

This project aims to explore the current models of gender  and how individuals identify outside of these constructed frameworks, by using fictional analysis to investigate how Non-Binary and Gender Queer individuals traverse the dichotomous world and how they become gender independent.

Key areas of interest: Queer Theory, LGBTQIA+ Identities, Queer Fiction, Postmodernism, Modernism, Angela Carter, Virginia Woolf. 


  • Joint BA Hons in English & Creative Writing [2:1]
  • Post Graduate Certificare in Education in Lifelong Learning
  • Qualified Teacher, Learning and Skills (QTLS)

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for World Literatures