Patricia Marjory Duncker (born 29 June 1951) is a British novelist and academic.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, the daughter of Noel Aston Duncker (1904-1973), an accountant, and Sheila Joan (née Beer) (1918-2016), a teacher, Duncker attended Bedales School in England and, after a period spent working in Germany, read English at Newnham College, Cambridge. She earned a doctorate from St Hugh's College, Oxford.
She has taught at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and was Professor of Prose Fiction at the University of East Anglia, working with the novelists Andrew Cowan and her fellow Professor Michele Roberts. In January 2007, she was appointed Professor of Contemporary Literature at the University of Manchester, where she teaches in the Department of English and American Studies.[permanent dead link].
- Hallucinating Foucault (novel, 1996) (McKitterick Prize, 1997)
- James Miranda Barry (novel, 1999), published in the United States as "The Doctor"
- The Deadly Space Between (novel, 2002)
- Miss Webster and Chérif (novel, 2006)
- The Strange Case of the Composer and His Judge (novel, 2009)
- Monsieur Shoushana's Lemon Trees (short stories, 1997)
- Seven Tales of Sex and Death (short stories, 2003)
Non-fiction / academic (selection)
- Writing on the Wall: Selected Essays (2002)
- "The Suggestive Spectacle: Queer Passions in Brontë's Villette and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie", Theorising Muriel Spark: Gender, Race Deconstruction, Psychoanalysis, ed. Martin McQuillan (2002) 67–77.
- "Mary Shelley's afterlives: Biography and invention". Women: A Cultural Review. Taylor and Francis. 15 (2): 230–249. Summer 2004. doi:10.1080/0957404042000234079.
- "Katherine Mansfield: The Writer of the Submerged World", Interrupted Lives in Literature, ed. Andrew Motion (2004), 53–65.
- Introduction to the new Penguin edition and new translation by Helen Constantine of Théophile Gautier's Mademoiselle de Maupin (2005)
- "A Writer's Writer". New Welsh Review. Department of English & Creative Writing Aberystwyth University. 74: 93–95. Winter 2006. (Patricia Duncker on George Eliot)
- ""Bonne excitation, Orgasme Assuré": The representation of lesbianism in contemporary French pornography". Journal of Gender Studies. Taylor and Francis. 4 (1): 5–15. 1995. doi:10.1080/09589236.1995.9960588.
- Official website
- Duncker's page at the University of Manchester web site[dead link]
- Profile at www.contemporarywriters.com
- Bloomsbury author information
- British Council web site