Dr Marina Lambrou


I am an Associate Professor in English Language and Linguistics and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (SFHEA). I am Course Leader for BA Creative Writing and BA Creative Writing and Film Cultures. Other roles include Departmental Study Abroad co-ordinator, Departmental level 4 Personal Tutorial Co-ordinator, and Module Leader for the PGR Teaching and Learning in the Arts module. Previously, I was Head of Department of Linguistics and Languages and Course Director for BA English Language and Linguistics.

I currently teach and supervise on UG and PG courses across Creative Writing and English Literature where I apply my expertise in English language and linguistics, specifically in stylistics, narratology and teaching pedagogy to research-led teaching and to help students develop their creative writing skills. 

I joined Kingston University in May 2008 having worked at several universities, including Goldsmiths College (University of London) and Middlesex University. Prior to teaching at HE level, I was the Evening Director/ Director of Studies at International House, Language School, London, and managed the evening school after having taught general ELT and Cambridge exam courses for many years. My love of teaching began in these earlier years.

My teaching, research and publications are in literary and non-literary stylistics; narratology - focusing on personal and trauma narratives and the storytelling dimensions of disnarration and counterfactuality in fictional and factual narratives; and media stylistics. I am also interested in teaching pedagogy to enhance learning and have published in this area too. 

I am Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Literary Semantics (JLS) and a previous Chair of the Poetics and Linguistics Society (PALA). https://www.pala.ac.uk/. In February 2023, I was appointed as a QAA Advisory Group member for Creative Writing to review and produce the new Subject Benchmark Statement (23-24). 

Academic responsibilities

Associate Professor


  • PhD
  • Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults (DipELTA) , International House, London
  • MA in Applied Linguistics: Sociocultural Approaches , Goldsmith College, University of London
  • BA (Hons) in Communication Studies (Major), English & Literary Studies and TEFL , Middlesex University
  • RSA Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) , International House

Teaching and learning

With many years of developing and leading programmes in HE, I have a sustained record of teaching and supervising across numerous UG and PG programmes, including at PhD level. I am the Course Leader for Creative Writing (Film) and Course Leader for Teaching and Learning in the Arts for Postgraduate Researchers, a not for credit module open to all PG students (PhD, MFA and Masters by Research qualification) in KSA.

Previous roles include being the Head of Department for Linguistics and Languages (January 2014-July 2017) where I led five subject teams across the Department (English Language and Linguistics, French and Spanish, English for Academic and Professional Development (EAPD)) and the Kingston Language Scheme (KLS) and mentored colleagues. As Course Leader for the BA English Language and Linguistics programme (previously English Language and Communication) I led the development of new courses including the Foundation year to provide students with exciting and creative learning opportunities in English language and linguistics.

With teaching and research expertise across several disciplines, I have taught across several subject areas, Departments and Schools, such as Language and Linguistics, Creative Writing, English, Media and Communication, and Education, applying research-led teaching to provide the best learning experience that meets course aims and outcomes, and student expectations. I have been described as an 'innovative', 'inspiring' and 'supportive' tutor and in June 2021, I was nominated for an Academic Impact Award for the 'Most engaging online teaching' with the core criteria being: ‘for a staff member's support during the covid-19 pandemic' who 'demonstrates innovative teaching methods away from face to face learning' and, who ‘exemplifies support provided in light of dramatic changes to teaching and daily life'.

I have three publications on innovations in learning and teaching pedagogy, developed from my own action research, including on the experience and impact of the 'flipped classroom'.

Qualifications and expertise

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (SFHEA)

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught


I have over 30 publications in peer reviewed journals and books. I have published four books, with two forthcoming (2024). I have also guest edited a Special Issue on 'Narrative' (2014) for an international journal in stylistics. I conduct research in literary and non-literary stylistics; narratology; personal and trauma narratives; media stylistics. and teaching pedagogy. I present new research at international conferences annually, where I have also been an invited plenary speaker. In 2023, I was invited as a Keynote speaker at the 'Describing exclusion, writing inclusion in the 21st century, Contemporary storytelling as (re)mediation' Conference at IETT- Jean Moulin Lyon 3 University / LLSETI – Savoie Mont Blanc University; and as plenary speaker on the subject of 'Green Stylistics' at the Poetics and Linguistics Association (PALA) Conference, organised by the University of Bologna. 

In 2010, I conducted ethnographic research as a visiting lecturer based at New York University, interviewing survivors of the 9/11 attacks for research on trauma narratives, part of which is mentioned in my TEDx talk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcRpCa-_xTc (6.4k views, November 2023). I was attempting to understand how individuals are able to make sense of their traumatic experiences in how they structure and evaluate them into a narrative form. I have published on my findings. My research on trauma narratives has been published in several works as journal articles and book chapters.  

I am currently supervising three Phd students:

  • Neil Deuchar. Fin Carter: a Modern Retelling of Siddhartha.
  • Louisa Lowe: The Carriage and the Ivy: three hundred years of social change from Edinburgh 1721 to Chichester 2021. 
  • Dina Galladah. Framing Egyptian foreign policy in international print media. Second Supervisor.

Qualifications and expertise

  • I am the Editor-in-Chief of the 'Journal of Literary Semantics', an international journal that publishes on stylistics and narratology.

Areas of specialism

  • Stylistics
  • Narratology
  • Trauma narratives
  • Disnarration and counterfactual narratives
  • Media stylistics

Scholarly affiliations

  • Poetics and Linguistics Association (PALA)
  • Journal of Literary Semantics (JLS) - Editor-in-Chief
  • International Conference on Narrative (ICN)
  • University Council for General and Applied Linguistics (UCGAL) - Council board member


Number of items: 31.


Lambrou, Marina [Reviewer] (2023) Book Review of 'Narrative and its nonevents : the unwritten plots that shaped Victorian realism' by Carra Glatt. Victorian Studies, ISSN (print) 0042-5222 (In Press)

Lambrou, Marina (2021) Foreword. Journal of Literary Semantics, 50(1), p. 1. ISSN (print) 1613-3838

Lambrou, Marina (2020) The pedagogy of stylistics : enhancing practice by flipping the classroom, using whiteboards and action research. Language and Literature : International Journal of Stylistics, 29(4), pp. 404-423. ISSN (print) 0963-9470

Lambrou, Marina (2018) From alternative facts to tender age shelters : how euphemisms become political weapons of mass distraction. The Conversation,

Lambrou, Marina [Reviewer] (2017) Book review of: "Sylvia Plath and the language of affective states : written discourse and the experience of depression" by Zsofia Demjen. Language and Literature, 26(4), pp. 361-364. ISSN (print) 0963-9470

Lambrou, Marina (2016) Telling stories. Lingo: The Language Magazine for Young Readers, 1(3), pp. 22-23.

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Lambrou, Marina [Reviewer] (2014) Book review of: 'Corpus stylistics and Dickens's fiction' by Michaela Malhberg. English Language & Linguistics, 18(1), pp. 202-207. ISSN (print) 1360-6743

Lambrou, M. (2014) Narrative, text and time: telling the same story twice in the oral narrative reporting of 7/7. Language and Literature, 23(1), pp. 32-48. ISSN (print) 0963-9470

Lambrou, Marina (2003) Collaborative oral narratives of general experience: when an interview becomes a conversation. Language and Literature, 12(2), pp. 153-174. ISSN (print) 0963-9470


Lambrou, Marina, ed. (2021) Narrative retellings : stylistic approaches. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury. 256p. (Advances in Stylistics) ISBN 9781350120020

Lambrou, Marina, Montgomery, Martin and Durant, Alan (2021) Ways of reading : advanced reading skills for students of English literature. 5th ed. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. (In Press)

Lambrou, Marina (2019) Disnarration and the unmentioned in fact and fiction. London, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. 140p. ISBN 9781137507778

Lambrou, Marina, ed. (2014) Narrative. Sage Journals. 98p. (Language and Literature, 23(1)) ISSN (print) 0963-9470

Durant, Alan and Lambrou, Marina (2009) Language and media: a resource book for students. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. 269p. (Routledge English Language Introductions) ISBN 9780415475747

Lambrou, Marina and Stockwell, Peter, eds. (2007) Contemporary stylistics. London, U.K. : Continuum. 287p. ISBN 9780826493859

Book Section

Lambrou, Marina (2023) Counterfactuality and disnarration in news stories : reimagining real events. In: Ensslin, Astrid , Round, Julia and Thomas, Bronwen, (eds.) The Routledge companion to literary media. London : Routledge. (Routledge literature companions) ISSN (online) 9781003119739

Lambrou, Marina (2021) Introduction to narrative retellings : stylistic approaches. In: Lambrou, Marina, (ed.) Narrative retelings : stylistic approaches. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury. pp. 1-19. (Advances in Stylistics) ISBN 9781350120020

Lambrou, Marina (2020) Metalepsis, counterfactuality and the forked path in 'The French Lieutenant's Woman'. In: Sorline, Sandrine, (ed.) Stylistic manipulation of the reader in contemporary fiction. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury. pp. 31-49. ISBN 9781350062979

Lambrou, Marina (2019) 'La La Land' : counterfactuality, disnarration and the forked (motorway) path. In: Page, Ruth , Busse, Beatrix and Norgaard, Nina, (eds.) Rethinking language, text and context : interdisciplinary research in stylistics in honour of Michael Toolan. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. (Routledge Studies in Rhetoric and Stylistics) ISBN 9780815395768

Lambrou, Marina (2017) Dialogism in journalistic discourse : an analysis of Ian McEwan's "Savagely Awoken". In: Mildorf, Jarmila and Thomas, Bronwen, (eds.) Dialogue across media. Amsterdam, Netherlands : John Benjamins. pp. 137-154. (Dialogue Studies, (28)) ISSN (print) 1875-1792 ISBN 9789027210456

Lambrou, Marina (2016) Discourse stylistics. In: Sotirova, Violeta, (ed.) The Bloomsbury Companion to Stylistics. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury. pp. 92-108. (Bloomsbury companions) ISBN 9781441160058

Lambrou, Marina (2015) Pedagogical stylistics in an ELT teacher training setting: a case study. In: Teranishi, Masayuki , Saito, Yoshifumi and Wales, Katie, (eds.) Literature and Language Learning in the EFL Classroom. London, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 298-315. ISBN 9781137443656

Lambrou, Marina (2014) Narratives of trauma re-lived: the ethnographer's paradox and other tales. In: Thomas, Bronwen and Round, Julia, (eds.) Real lives and celebrity stories: narratives of ordinary and extraordinary people across media. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 113-128. ISBN 9781441102386

Lambrou, Marina (2014) Stylistics, conversation analysis and the cooperative principle. In: Burke, Michael, (ed.) The Routledge handbook of stylistics. London, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 136-154. (Routledge Handbooks in English Language Studies) ISBN 9780415527903

Lambrou, Marina and Durant, Alan (2014) The analysis of the media. In: Stockwell, Peter and Whitely, Sarah, (eds.) The Cambridge Handbook of Stylistics. Cambridge, U.K. : Cambridge University Press. pp. 503-519. (Cambridge Handbooks in Language and Linguistics) ISBN 9781107028876

Lambrou, Marina (2011) Teaching non-literary stylistics. In: Jeffries, Lesley and McIntyre, Dan, (eds.) Teaching Stylistics. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. (Teaching the New English) ISBN 9780230235878

Lambrou, Marina and Stockwell, Peter (2007) Introduction: the state of contemporary stylistics. In: Lambrou, Marina and Stockwell, Peter, (eds.) Contemporary stylistics. London, U.K. : Continuum. pp. 1-4. ISBN 9780826493859

Lambrou, Marina (2007) Oral accounts of personal experiences: when is a narrative a recount? In: Lambrou, Marina and Stockwell, Peter, (eds.) Contemporary stylistics. London, U.K. : Continuum. pp. 195-208. ISBN 9780826493859

Lambrou, Marina (2007) Telling stories: males and females doing gender in personal narratives about trouble. In: Jeffries, Lesley , McIntyre, Dan and Bousfield, Derek, (eds.) Stylistics and social cognition: PALA 25. Amsterdam : Rodopi. pp. 125-139. (PALA, (4)) ISBN 9789042023123


Lambrou, Marina (2005) Story patterns in oral narratives : a variationist critique of Labov and Waletzky's model of narrative schemas. (PhD thesis), Middlesex University, .

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Professional practice, knowledge exchange and impact

I am Chair of the Poetics and Linguistics Association (PALA), an international association for those who work in stylistics, poetics, language and linguistics. PALA plays an important role in policy making as it is one of the eleven member associations of the University of General and Applied Linguistics (UCGAL), which provides a unified voice on public policy matters for linguistics within the UK higher education community. The Council promotes research, teaching and learning, and scholarship in general and applied linguistics; and promotes co-operation and co-ordination, and the sharing of expertise and good practice between institutions, learned societies, professional associations and related bodies in the area of general and applied linguistics.

Since January 2021, I have been Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Literary Semantics (De Gruyter) overseeing the production of two issues of the journal a year, from submission stage and review to acceptance. 

I am also a representative for the Learned Societies for English: Shared Futures. 

Leadership and management

My leadership and management roles at the University include:

  • Course Leader for BA Creative WritingCourse Leader for BA Creative Writing and Film Cultures; member of the CCI School learning and teaching Committee
  • Module Leader for the PGR Teaching and Learning in the Arts module 
  • Departmental (Humanities) Study Abroad Co-ordinator 2014-17; 2022- Responsible for a positive student experience through the oversight of student study abroad activities;
  • Departmental Level 4 Personal Tutorial Scheme Co-ordinator;
  • Head of Department for linguistics and languages (January 2014-July2017) managing five subject areas during a challenging time of restructuring and redundancies. Appraising and mentoring all staff members: validating and revalidating new and existing programmes; ensuring the smooth running of the Department;
  • Athena Swan – Lead for Promotion and Progression sub group (2020- ) in KSA, working with the Chair of the Kingston School of Art (KSA) – led to the Bronze Award;
  • REF (mock) internal reviewer for REF 2021 evaluating publications from across the Department of Humanities for submission;

  • TECHNE Subject Group D member, 2017-, assessing PhD proposals in language, linguistics and literature for sponsorship as part of a network contributing to Doctoral training;

  • KSA College of Research Ethics committee member evaluating and making recommendations on PG proposals for progression and upgrade;


  • Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Literary Semantics (De Gruyter), an international peer reviewed journal in stylistics and narrative theory

University responsibilities

  • Athena Swan lead for Promotion and Progression sub group
  • Member of the TECHNE Peer Review College (Subject Group D) for the University
  • Member of the CCI School learning and teaching Committee
  • Course Leader for the PGR Teaching and Learning in the Arts module

Public and CIVIC roles

  • QAA Advisory Board Member for CReative Writing, Subject Benchmark Statement review (2023-24)
  • Subject Consultant for AQA exam board. Review and advise on development of ‘A' level English Language and Literature specifications
  • Subject Consultant for EDEXCEL exam Board. Review and advise on development of ‘A' level English Language and Literature specifications
  • Consultant at Franklyn Scholars to improve literacy in schools through a mentoring scheme

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