Dr Martin Dines


I lecture in twentieth-century and contemporary British and American writing at undergraduate and postgraduate level. I am course leader for Kingston's MA programme in English Literature and Postgraduate Research Co-ordinator for the Humanities.

My research focuses on British and American queer writing from the 1950s to the present, and on literary engagements with space and place. I am especially interested in depictions of suburban habitats and life. My latest book, The Literature of Suburban Change (Edinburgh University Press), explores how writers have innovated with a variety of literary forms in order to make sense of the growing complexity of the US suburbs. My most recent research examines literary responses to gentrification, mobility and infrastructure in 1960s and 1970s London.

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer in English Literature


  • Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Kingston University (2011)
  • PhD English Literature, Kingston University (2006)
  • MA English Literature (with distinction), University of Sussex (2001)
  • BA hons English Studies and Philosophy, University of Nottingham (1997)

Teaching and learning

Qualifications and expertise

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Kingston University (2011) and Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (FHEA)

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught


My research focuses on queer writing from the 1950s to the present, and on literary engagements with space and place. My latest book, The Literature of Suburban Change (Edinburgh University Press, in the series Modern American Literature and the New Twentieth Century), explores how writers, from 1960 to the present, have employed formal innovation to articulate the temporal dimensions and emergent, contested histories of the US suburbs - places which are so often presumed to be timeless, fixed and finished.

In other recent publications I examine how domestic spaces, in particular the living room, provided writers a crucial imaginary site for negotiating the possibilities and contradictions of queer life in mid-twentieth century Britain. My most recent book chapter argues that the reformist and respectable British 'homosexual novel' of the 1950s needs to be re-read as a narrative that is shaped - or deformed - by the persistent presence of disreputable and pleasurable intimacies, locations and narrative modes; such a re-reading helps us to question simplistic progressivist histories of sexuality.

My ongoing research examines literary engagements with gentrification in late twentieth-century London, and the urban Globalgothic, and literary responses to the London suburb of Southall. 

I welcome enquiries from potential postgraduate students who seek supervision for projects in my areas of specialism, in particular: literary responses to the built environment; writing, domesticity and the everyday; and sexuality, literature and theory.

Areas of specialism

  • Literary urban studies
  • Sexuality, literature and theory
  • Twentieth-century and contemporary British and American Literature

Scholarly affiliations

  • Literary London Society: President (2017-20)
  • British Association of American Studies: member
  • Association of Literary Urban Studies: member
  • American Comparative Literature Association: member

Research student supervision


Number of items: 25.


Dines, Martin [Reviewer] (2018) Book Review of : 'Trespassers? : Asian Americans and the battle for suburbia' by Willow S. Lung-Amam. Etnografia e ricerca qualitative(1), pp. 191-193. ISSN (print) 1973-3194

Dines, Martin [Reporter] (2017) Book Review of 'Sex, time and place : queer histories of London, c.1850 to the present' by Simon Avery and Katherine M. Graham (eds.). Literary London Journal, 14(2), pp. 89-93. ISSN (online) 1744-0807

Dines, Martin [Reviewer] (2016) Book Review of 'Imagined frontiers : contemporary America and beyond' by Carl Abbott. Journal of American Studies, 50(4), pp. 1130-1131. ISSN (print) 0021-8758

Agnew, Eadaoin, Alliez, Eric, Auerbach, Paul, Blackburn, Robert, Botting, Fred, Brady, Mary, Caygill, Howard, Chadwick, Howard, Chanter, Tina, Choat, Simon, Chu, Jonathan, Cinpoes, Radu, Coultas, Valerie, Dines, Martin, Dixon, Paul, Favretto, Ilaria, Finn, Peter, Giaxoglou, Korina, Goldsmith, Carlie, Hallward, Peter, Hawkins, Sue, Haywood, Peter, Higginbottom, Andrew, Ichijo, Atsuko, Isaac, Marina, Jensen, Meg, Kayyali, Reem, Kettyle, Ann, Lambrou, Marina, Latimer, Amanda, Linton, Marisa, Lipsedge, Karen, Malabou, Catherine, O Maoilearca, John, McQuillan, Martin, Micklethwaite, Paul, Morgan Wortham, Simon, O'Brien, Catherine, Osborne, Peter, Pinnock, Winsome, Piper, Jason, Ponto, Maria, Raphael, Sam, Reid, Trish, Roberts, Mike, Rogers, David, Sandford, Stella, Searby, Michael, Siddiki, Jalal Uddin, Smart, Jackie, Spencer, Philip, Stockhammer, Engelbert, Stuart, John, Suess, Eleanor, Swift, Allan, Upstone, Sara, Vallee-Tourangeau, Frederic, Wells, Julian and Wilson, Scott (2014) Education should be a right for all. The Guardian,

Dines, Martin (2013) Bringing the boy back home: domesticity and egalitarian relationships in postwar London novels. Literary London Journal, 10(2), ISSN (online) 1744-0807

Dines, Martin (2012) Suburban gothic and the ethnic uncanny in Jeffrey Eugenides's The Virgin Suicides. Journal of American Studies, 46(4), pp. 959-975. ISSN (print) 0021-8758

Dines, Martin [Reviewer] (2012) Book Review of 'Erotic city : sexual revolutions and the making of modern San Francisco' by Josh Sides. Journal of American Studies, 46(1), pp. 258-259. ISSN (print) 0021-8758

Dines, Martin and Rigoletto, Sergio (2012) Country cousins: Europeanness, sexuality and locality in contemporary Italian television. Modern Italy, 17(4), pp. 479-491. ISSN (print) 1353-2944

Dines, Martin (2007) From subterranean to suburban: the landscapes of gay outlaw writing. American Studies Journal, 50, ISSN (print) 1433-5239

Dines, Martin (2005) Sacrilege in the sitting room: contesting suburban domesticity in contemporary gay literature. Home Cultures, 2(2), pp. 175-194. ISSN (print) 1740-6315


Dines, Martin (2020) The literature of suburban change: narrating spatial complexity in metropolitan America. Edinburgh, U.K. : Edinburgh University Press. 304p. (Modern American Literature and the New Twentieth Century) ISSN (print) 9781474426480 (In Press)

Dines, Martin and Vermeulen, Timotheus, eds. (2013) New suburban stories. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Academic. 233p. (Bloomsbury Studies in the City) ISBN 9781472510938

Dines, Martin (2009) Gay suburban narratives in American and British culture: homecoming queens. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. 232p. ISBN 9780230233249

Book Section

Dines, Martin and Rigoletto, Sergio (2020) Desiderio d'Europa e istanze locali ne Il padre delle spose. In: Rigoletto, Sergio, (ed.) Le norme traviate. Saggi sul genere e sulla sessualità nel cinema e nella televisione italiana. Milan : Meltemi. pp. 52-72. ISBN 9788855191616

Dines, Martin (2019) 'Is it a queer book?' : re-reading the 1950s homosexual novel. In: Bentley, Nick , Ferrebe, Alice and Hubble, Nick, (eds.) The 1950s : a decade of modern British fiction. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 111-140. (The decades series) ISBN 9781350011519

Dines, Martin (2018) Designs for living rooms. In: Gorman-Murray, Andrew and Cook, Matt, (eds.) Queering the interior. UNSPECIFIED pp. 95-107. (Home) ISSN (print) 2398-3191 ISBN 9781474262200

Dines, Martin (2017) 'Ode to a suburban garden' : eccentric narrative and 'The stranger's child'. In: Mathuray, Mark, (ed.) Sex and sensibility in the novels of Alan Hollinghurst. London, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 175-195. ISBN 9781137337214

Dines, Martin (2016) Gay and lesbian subcultures from Stonewall to 'Angels in America'. In: McHale, Brian and Platt, Len, (eds.) The Cambridge history of postmodern literature. Cambridge, U.K. : Cambridge University Press. pp. 247-261. ISBN 9781107140271

Dines, Martin (2016) A child in the suburb. In: Berberich, Christine , Campbell, Neil and Hudson, Robert, (eds.) Affective landscapes in literature, art and everyday life : memory, place and the senses. Abdingdon, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 99-112. ISBN 9781472431790

Dines, Martin (2015) Metaburbia : the evolving suburb in contemporary fiction. In: Archer, John , Sandul, Paul J. P. and Solomonson, Katherine, (eds.) Making suburbia: new histories of everyday America. Minneapolis, U.S. : University of Minnesota Press. pp. 81-90. ISBN 9780816692965

Dines, Martin (2008) Wasteland of the free: suburbia and autonomy in Dennis Cooper's Try. In: Hegarty, Paul and Kennedy, Danny, (eds.) Dennis Cooper: Writing at the Edge. Eastbourne, UK : Sussex Academic Press. pp. 20-31. ISBN 9781845191870

Dines, Martin (2007) Poodle Queens and the Great Dark Lad: class, masculinity and suburban trajectories in gay London. In: Cunningham, Gail and Barber, Stephen, (eds.) London eyes: reflections in text and image. New York, USA : Berghahn Books. pp. 189-201. (Polygons : cultural diversities and intersections, (13)) ISBN 9781845454074

Conference or Workshop Item

Dines, Martin (2014) "Keep in mind you are making memories" : narrating suburban childhoods. In: The Story of Memory : New Perspectives on the Relationship between Storytelling and Memory in the Twenty-First Century; 04 - 05 Sep 2014, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Dines, Martin (2011) Egalitarian relationships and the middle-class home in postwar queer London novels. In: Literary London 2011 : Representations of London in literature; 20-22 July 2011, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)


Dines, Martin (2006) Homecoming queens: gay suburban narratives in British and American film and fiction. (PhD thesis), Kingston University, uk.bl.ethos.430687.

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