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Creative Writing and Publishing MA: Research areas

Current research in this area

 

Research in English literature and creative writing at Kingston University covers the following areas:

 

  • 19th and 20th century British and American fiction;
  • fictions of globalisation;
  • modernism;
  • gothic writing;
  • travel writing;
  • narratives of slavery;
  • women's writing from the 18th century to the present;
  • New Woman and fin de siècle fictions;
  • Shakespeare;
  • literature of the English Reformation period;
  • English women's religious poetry during the seventeenth century; and
  • postcolonial studies.

 

It focuses around the following research initiatives:

  • Centre for Iris Murdoch Studies - established in 2004 to oversee research on the Iris Murdoch archives acquired by Kingston University in 2003/04).
  • Centre for Life Narratives - bringing together best practice from all genres of life narrative work.
  • Cultural Histories at Kingston - centred around the concept of the 'cultural text', the group includes scholars from the fields of literature, film, media, history, music, dance, performance, and journalism.
  • Writers' Centre Kingston - a literary cultural centre dedicated to creative writing in all its forms, with an annual programme of events, talks, workshops and festivals.
  • Race/Gender Matters - captures and concentrates research on theoretical, critical and creative engagements with the materiality of race, gender and language.

We also hold regular seminars and host presentations by visiting speakers 

Current research in this area

Publishing staff are engaged with research and professional practice, which ensures that they are both in touch with the latest thinking and bring best practice to your studies. Recent publishing research at Kingston University has included:

  • Investigating the processes and outcomes of self-publishing, and its impact on the publishing industry
  • Collections-Based Research: training in research methodologies for the production of new knowledge around material cultures in a digital age; interdisciplinary research
  • The processes of text book publishing: commissioning, writing, student appreciation and retailing
  • The role of shared reading within Forces families. Find out more here.
  • Research into the Archive of British Publishing and Printing: publishing industry history, history of popular culture; supporting public engagement
  • The field of Publishing Studies as a discipline within universities

Student research

"Completing the research component of my MA was a fantastic challenge: being able to focus on a single topic in depth meant I built up expertise in an area I was really passionate about. I felt like I had produced a piece of work of true value to the publishing industry. It was great for my CV – in fact, I'd say it helped me stand out enough to secure my current position."
Eryl Norris, Editorial Assistant, Little Tiger Press, Bookseller Dissertation award-winner and Kingston MA Publishing graduate

We run a scheme that involves external supervisors with both the dissertation and practical project modules. This allows students to develop work that is relevant to the industry they hope to join - and to gain the support and involvement of a mentor with experience of their chosen area. This has proven very successful and strong relationships, references and employment have all resulted.

Professional links

Our department is active within the Association for Publishing Education and we have strong connections with the UK Publishers Association.

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