The official Website of author Mary M. Talbot
Dr Mary Talbot is the author of the graphic novel Dotter of her Father's Eyes (Jonathan Cape 2012), illustrated by her husband, award winning comic artist Bryan Talbot. She is an internationally acclaimed scholar who has published widely on language, gender and power, particularly in relation to media and consumer culture. Dotter is the first work she has undertaken in the graphic novel format.
Mary's recent non-fiction includes a second edition of Language and Gender (Polity 2010), a book that continues to be popular with university lecturers and students worldwide. However, she's probably still best known for her critical investigation of the "synthetic sisterhood" offered by teen magazines.
She has held academic posts in higher education for over twenty-five years, mostly in England, but also in Wales, Denmark and China. In 2004 she was invited as Visiting Professor to Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou. She has also done extensive consultancy work, including for the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Quality Assurance Agency.
Born in Wigan in the 1950s, Mary married Bryan and moved to Preston in 1972, where she brought up two sons, wrote poetry and short stories. She studied English Literature and Linguistics at Preston Polytechnic as a mature student, graduating in 1982 with a first class BA in Combined Studies. She later went on to study at Lancaster University, completing with a PhD on Critical Discourse Analysis in 1990. Employment as Reader in Language and Culture took her to Sunderland in 1997. She still lives in Sunderland, but has been a freelance writer since 2009. She is currently writing a historical graphic novel set in Edwardian England.
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