Amy Bride


Twitter: @AmyBrideMA

Previous Education

First Class Hons, English Literature, University of Hertfordshire (2009-2012);

MA American Literature and Culture (Distinction), University of Manchester (2013-2014);

PGCE (PCET) Literacy, Staffordshire University (2014-2015)

Thesis Title

‘Unveiling the Finance that Haunts the Racial Ghosts of American Gothic Literature’


Dr Douglas Field and Dr Peter Knight

Research Summary

Reanalysing racialized readings of American gothic fiction in order to suggest that texts within this canon are equally haunted by fears surrounding American finance. The project unites the ghostly dehumanization of African Americans during slavery, and recent gothicized understandings of finance as dealing with dually absent and present value, to suggest that American gothic literature provides an expressive and creative point of unification between these two areas of study, which are themselves interlinked through the financialization of the slave trade through insurance, speculation, and the use of slaves as debt collateral.

Research interests

American gothic literature, American slavery, finance in fiction, Native American literature and culture, science fiction and techno-gothic, gothic monsters, cinema from the 1980s and 90s.


‘Byronic Bateman: the Commodity Vampire, Surplus Value, and the Hyper-Gothic in American Psycho (1991)’ Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies (14), 2015, pp.3-18 <>

(UPCOMING) ‘Re/possessed: the Haunted House, Spectral Debt, and the Hyper-Gothic in Lunar Park (2005)’ Supernatural Studies, expected December 2016