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Dr Anne Rowe

Reader in English Literature; Director of the Centre for Iris Murdoch Studies

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Dr Rowe is Associate Professor of English Literature and Director of the Iris Murdoch Archive Project. She has published widely on Iris Murdoch and has given lectures and public talks on Murdoch's work at conferences in the UK, the USA and Europe. She is also Lead Editor of the Iris Murdoch Review. She has been interviewed by the international press and on BBC television and radio on Iris Murdoch's work, and has also acted as a consultant for the corporation on the same subject.

Dr Rowe teaches a special study on Iris Murdoch to third-year undergraduate English Literature students and postgraduate students. She has organised seven international conferences on Murdoch and spearheaded the appeal which successfully raised £120,000 to buy Murdoch's Oxford Library for the Murdoch Archives which also now holds other related archives and over 3,000 of Iris Murdoch's private letters to fellow writers, philosophers and friends.

Other teaching includes or has included Contemporary British Fiction (particularly Ian McEwan, Sebastian Faulks, Zadie Smith); Nineteenth-Century Literature, Children's Literature; Romanticism; Shakespeare; Research Skills and Methodologies and Academic Writing.











Year gained Subject
1996 PhD, The Visual Arts and the Novels of Iris Murdoch, University of Reading.
1991 PGCEA Education, Surrey University.
1990 MA Literature and the Visual Arts, University of Reading
1988 BA (Hons) in Modern Arts (English), Kingston University.

Career Highlights

Year Position held
2010 - Reader in English Lierature, Kingston University.
2004-2005 Acting English MA Course Director at Kingston University
2004 - Director of the Centre for Iris Murdoch Studies at Kingston University.
2003 - 2004 Acting Field Leader for English Literature at Kingston University
2002 - 2005 Director of the Academic skills Centre at Kingston University.
2000 - Senior lecturer in English Literature, Kingston University.
1992 - 2000 Lecturer in English Literature, Kingston University.
1991 - 2001 Visiting Lecturer in english Literature at Reading University.



Iris Murdoch and Morality (London: Palgrave 2010) co-edited with Avril Horner. Co-authored introduction, 'Art, morals and the discovery of reality' (p.1-21) and a single-authored, essay, 'The dream that does not cease to haunt us: Iris Murdoch's holiness' (pp.207-228)

Literary Lives: Iris Murdoch (London: Palgrave 2010) co-authored monograph with Priscilla Martin

'Rembrandt in Iris Murdoch's Under the Net and Zadie Smith's On Beauty', in Iris Murdoch's Scenes: An Anthology of Moral Imagination ed. by. Simone Roberts (USA: MacFarland Press, 2010)

Iris Murdoch Review, no, 2, 'An International edition'. Lead editor (Kingston: Kingston University Press, 2010)

Introduction to With Love and Rage: A Friendship with Iris Murdoch by David Morgan (Kingston: Kingston University Press, 2010)

Forthcoming publication:

'God is detail: Iris Murdoch and Simone Weil', with Pamela Osborn in Iris Murdoch Philosopher ed. by Sofia de Melo Araujo (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010).


The Visual Arts and the Novels of Iris Murdoch (New York, Ontario and Lampeter: Mellen , 2002) single-authored monograph, pp.215.

Iris Murdoch A Reassessment (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), ed. By Anne Rowe. I contributed the introduction 'A large hall of reflection' (pp.1-11) and an essay, '"Policemen in a search team": Iris Murdoch's The Black Prince and Ian McEwan's Atonement' pp.148-160.

Sacred Space, Beloved City: Iris Murdoch's London (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008), with Cheryl Bove. Co-authored monograph, pp. 232. To be published in paperback 2010.


Lead Editor the Iris Murdoch Review, no. 1 (Kingston: Kingston University Press, 2008) (contributing an essay, 'I embrace you with much love: letters from Iris Murdoch to Elias Canetti'), pp. 37-41

Editor, the Iris Murdoch News Letter, 1995-2008 contributing many essays and reviews including 'Thou Art the Journey: The Sister Marian Letters in the Iris Murdoch Archive' (Autumn, 2006)

Contributor to the Iris Murdoch Society of Japan News Letter, 'Murdoch Scholarship in the Twenty-First Century' (2008); 'Iris Murdoch and a Place of Wisdom (Iris Murdoch News Letter of Japan ( 2004); 'Salvation by Art: The Visual Arts in the Novels of Iris Murdoch' (Summer, 2002)


'Those Lives Observed: The Self and the Other in Iris Murdoch's Letters' in The Spirit of the Age, ed, Jane Jordan and Meg Jensen (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009), pp.202-213

Love Bade me Welcome' in An Anthology of Welsh Women's Writing ed. by Anna Kiernan (Wales: Partheon Press 2006), pp. 199-208

*Entries on Iris Murdoch, Sebastian Faulks and Graham Swift in 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (London: Cassell Illustrated, 2006)

Introductions for Wordsworth Classics Series, (Ware, Hertfordshire, 1992): Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility (1992), pp.1-8; and Northanger Abbey (1993), pp. v-xii.


Media Highlights

Anne has done a number of media interviews with the BBC about Iris Murdoch, including BBC Radio 4, BBC 2 TV and Radio 5 Live.

Conference Highlights

She is a seasoned international conference speaker and organiser, and is currently organising the fifth international conference on Iris Murdoch, which will take place at the university in September.

Academic Accolades

Anne's PhD was awarded the Mowbray Prize for Research.

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