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Dr Nicole King – University of Reading

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Dr Nicole King



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I am the Director of Teaching and Learning for the School of Languages and Literature.

Teaching:Dr N King

My specialist areas of teaching include African American literature and Anglophone Caribbean literature. I also teach Women's, Contemporary, Postcolonial and American literature.

I contribute seminars and lectures to the following modules:

Research and Criticism (EN1RC)

Critical Issues (EN2CRI)

Contemporary Literature (EN2CON)

Writing Global Justice (EN3WGJ)

The African American Short Story (EN3AAS)

My MA seminar teaching includes Modern and Contemporary Writing.


Areas of Interest:

My main research interests are in African American, Caribbean and Afro-European literature and culture. I am particularly interested in how black intellectuals and artists theorise the social and poetic significance of modernity for black people in the Americas while also assessing the crucial impact of race and blackness on Western civilization more broadly.

My current research addresses representations of American blackness: I am studying how the concept of black American racial identity, in its multiplicity and variability, embodies some of the major concerns of the twentieth century including notions of authenticity, alienation, hybridity, and contesteCLR Jamesd diasporas. I am working on a monograph focused on African American and Caribbean writing since 1975 in which I argue that the concept of United States blackness is continually re-written and contested by black migrants to and from the United States. I am the author of C.L.R. James and Creolization: Circles of Influence (University of Mississippi Press, 2001) a study that calls attention to James' internationalism as an articulation of creolization in multiple registers-spatial, temporal and cultural. I have also published research articles and book chapters on authors and topics such as Zadie Smith, Ida B. Wells, Earl Lovelace, gender, migration, identity and pedagogy.


Postgraduate Supervision:

I have supervised Masters and PhD dissertations in the fields of American and African American literature, Comparative Caribbean literature, and on the representation of race, gender and ethnicity in literature and other media. At the University of California, San Diego, I supervised three PhD students to completion: Dr Kathy Glass, Dr Esther Margaret Lezra and Dr Irmary Reyes-Santos.

I would welcome applications from prospective research students in any of my teaching and research areas.


Academic Affiliations:

Member, British Association for American Studies

Member, Institute for English Studies, University of London

Member, National Association of Writers in Education Higher Education Committee

Advisory Board, Centre for Research in 21st Century Writing, University of Brighton

Other Information About Me:

Prior to joining the University of Reading in 2014, I worked at the English Subject Centre, Royal Holloway, University of London, and then at the Higher Education Academy, both national bodies that organised activities and published material in support of the teaching of English Literature, English Language and Creative Writing at university level. I was educated at Princeton University (BA) and the University of Pennsylvania (MA, PhD) and I have held permanent lectureships at the University of California, San Diego and the University of Maryland (USA) and visiting lectureships at Brunel University (London) and the University of East London.

I am Trustee and a Fellow of the English Association.

I am a member of the Quality Assurance Agency, Creative Writing Benchmark Panel.

I was a member of the Quality Assurance Agency, English Benchmark Review Panel 2015.

Social Media contact:

Twitter: DrNicoleKing

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