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Dr Meg Jensen

Associate Professor, English Literature and Creative Writing

About

My research focuses on representations of human rights violation and/or traumatic experience in narrative form, and the social, cultural, gendered and familial contexts in which such works are  produced. 

As a development of this interest in auto/biographical materials, in 2007 I developed the Centre for Life Narratives at Kingston University (now the Life Narrative Research Group), the hub of an international research network that brings together scholars, practitioners and writers of all genre of life narratives for funded research projects, seminars, conferences and readings.

My most recent research is in the area of life story-writing and telling for the support of well-being for survivors of trauma, and investigates whether form is an influential factor in the success of such interventions.

A recent applied project, funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, assessed the effectiveness of Expressive Writing methodologies in supporting the well-being of women victims of sexual violence in conflict in Iraq.

My current critical analytical work (Negotiated Truths: The Art and Science of Trauma and the Autobiographical, Palgrave 2018) evaluates a range of life narrative forms that represent traumatic experience (memoir, testimony, poetry, graphic novels, monuments, autobiographical novels, etc) and considers the relationship between such works and current behavioural, psychological, and neurochemical approaches to diagnosing and treating traumatic disorders.

Finally, my practice-based research takes the form of creative non-fiction and autobiographical novels concerned with representations of traumatic experience.

I teach:

Women's Writing of the 19th, 20th and 21st Centuries

Modernist Literature

Creative and Life Writing

Areas of specialism

  • Trauma and the Autobiographical
  • Women's Writing
  • Creative Writing
  • British and American Literature from 19th Century to the present day

Qualifications

  • BA Liberal Arts, Sarah Lawrence College, New York (1985)
  • MA English Literature (Distinction), New York University, 1991
  • PhD English Literature Queen Mary, University of London, 1996
  • Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) 2017

Research

My research focusses on representations of human rights violation and/or traumatic experience in narrative form, and the social, cultural, gendered and familial contexts in which such works are  produced.  In doing so I make considerable use of biographical, autobiographical and archival materials: letters, journals, draft manuscripts, notebooks etc. I am interested in a wide range of storytellers, both literary and otherwise, from the 18th Century to the present day.

As a development of this interest in auto/biographical materials, in 2007 I developed the Centre for Life Narratives at Kingston University (now the Life Narrative Research Group), the hub of an international research network that brings together scholars, practitioners and writers of all genre of life narratives for funded research projects, seminars, conferences and readings.

My most recent research is in the area of life story-writing and telling for the support of well-being for survivors of trauma, and investigates whether form is an influential factor in the success of such interventions.

A recent applied project, funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, assessed the effectiveness of Expressive Writing methodologies in supporting the well-being of women victims of sexual violence in conflict in Iraq.

My current critical analytical work (Negotiated Truths: The Art and Science of Trauma and the Autobiographical, Palgrave 2018) evaluates a range of life narrative forms that represent traumatic experience (memoir, testimony, poetry, graphic novels, monuments, autobiographical novels, etc) and considers the relationship between such works and current behavioural, psychological, and neurochemical approaches to diagnosing and treating traumatic disorders.

Finally, my practice-based research takes the form of creative non-fiction and autobiographical novels concerned with representations of traumatic experience. 

Publications

Number of items: 23.

Article

Jensen, Meg (2016) Surviving the wreck : post-traumatic writers, bodies in transition and the point of autobiographical fiction. Life Writing, ISSN (print) 1448-4528 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Jensen, Meg (2014) Post-traumatic memory projects : autobiographical fiction and counter-monuments. Textual Practice, 28(4), pp. 701-725. ISSN (print) 0950-236X

Jensen, Meg (2012) Something beautiful for Mary. New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing, 9(3), pp. 337-341. ISSN (print) 1479-0726

Jensen, Meg (2012) The writer's diary as borderland: the public and private selves of Virginia Woolf, Katherine Mansfield, and Louisa May Alcott. Life Writing, 9(3), pp. 315-325. ISSN (print) 1448-4528

Jensen, Meg (2011) Getting to know me in theory and practice: negotiated truth and mourning in autobiographically-based fiction (J.G. Ballard, Virginia Woolf, Katherine Mansfield, Jack Kerouac, Louisa May Alcott and me). Literature Compass, 8(12), pp. 941-950. ISSN (online) 1741-4113

Jensen, Meg and Jolly, Margaretta (2011) Introduction: life writing and critical practice. Literature Compass, 8(12), pp. 875-877. ISSN (online) 1741-4113

Jensen, Meg (2009) Book Review of: The unbearable Saki: the work of H. H. Munro by Sandie Byrne. Modern Language Review, 104(1), pp. 192-193. ISSN (print) 0026-7937

Jensen, Meg (2009) Separated by a common language: the (differing) discourses of life writing in theory and practice. a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, 24(2), pp. 299-314. ISSN (print) 0898-9575

Jensen, Meg (2008) Book Review of: Original copy: plagiarism and originality in nineteenth-century literature by Robert MacFarlane. Modern Language Review, 103(3), pp. 839-840. ISSN (print) 0026-7937

Jensen, Margaret (2007) Book Review of: Quixotic fictions of the USA 1792-1815 by Sarah F. Wood. Modern Language Review, The, 102(3), p. 842. ISSN (print) 0026-7937

Jensen, Meg (2007) The anxiety of daughterhood: re-examining Bloom's theory of influence in the work of Louisa May Alcott and Virginia Woolf. Literature Compass, 4(4), pp. 1208-1226. ISSN (online) 1741-4113

Book

Jensen, Meg and Jolly, Margaretta, eds. (2014) We shall bear witness: life narratives and human rights. Madison, WI, U.S. : University of Wisconsin Press. 332p. (Wisconsin Studies in Autobiography) ISBN 9780299300142

Jensen, Meg and Jordan, Jane, eds. (2009) Life writing: the spirit of the age and the state of the art. Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K. : Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 238p. ISBN 9781443805261

Jensen, Margaret M. (2002) The open book: creative misreadings in the works of selected modern authors. New York; Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan. 236p. ISBN 0312293534

Book Section

Jensen, Meg (2015) The legible face of human rights in autobiographical fiction. In: Mcclennen, Sophia and Schultheis Moore, Alexandra, (eds.) The Routledge Companion to Literature and Human Rights. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 185-193. (Routledge Literature Companions) ISBN 9780415736411 (In Press)

Jensen, Meg (2014) The fictional is political : forms of appeal in autobiographical fiction and poetry. In: Jensen, Meg and Jolly, Margaretta, (eds.) We shall bear witness : life narratives and human rights. Madison, WI, U.S. : University of Wisconsin Press. pp. 141-157. ISBN 9780299300142

Jensen, Meg (2009) Introduction: do you speak life narrative? In: Jensen, Meg and Jordan, Jane, (eds.) Life writing: the spirit of the age and the state of the art. Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K. : Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp. xxvii-xxxiii. ISBN 9781443805261

Jensen, Meg and Jordan, Jane (2009) State of the art: the spirit of the age collection. In: Jensen, Meg and Jordan, Jane, (eds.) Life writing: the spirit of the age and the state of the art. Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K. : Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp. xxxiv-xxxvii. ISBN 9781443805261

Jensen, Meg (2007) Tradition and revelation: moments of being in Virginia Woolf's major novels. In: Shiach, Morag, (ed.) The Cambridge companion to the modernist novel. Cambridge, UK : Cambridge University Press. pp. 112-125. (Cambridge companions to literature) ISBN 0521670748

Jensen, Meg (2004) Roper, Esther Gertrude (1868-1938). In: Goldman, Lawrence, (ed.) Oxford dictionary of national biography. Oxford, UK : Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198614111

Jensen, Meg (2004) Stephen, Caroline Emelia [Milly] (1834-1909). In: Goldman, Lawrence, (ed.) Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford, UK : Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198614111

Conference or Workshop Item

Jensen, Meg [Speaker] (2010) Writers' diaries and their fiction. In: Kingston Reader's Festival; 01 May 2010, Kingston upon Thames, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Jensen, Meg [Speaker] (2009) Behind a mask: the unknown thrillers of Louisa May Alcott. In: Kingston Reader's Festival; 23 Apr - 22 May 2009, Kingston upon Thames, U.K.. (Unpublished)

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