Dr Anne Rowe

Position: Associate Professor
School: Humanities
Email: ku04610@kingston.ac.uk
Extension: NA
Location: Penrhyn Road


Dr Anne Rowe isAssociate Professor in English Literature and Director of the Iris Murdoch Archive Project at Kingston University where she teaches a Special Study on Iris Murdoch for third year graduate and postgraduate students. She has published widely on Iris Murdoch, including The Visual Arts and the Novels of Iris Murdoch (2002), Iris Murdoch: A Reasessment (ed., 2006), Sacred Space, Beloved City: Iris Murdoch's London (co-authored with Cheryl Bove, 2009), Iris Murdoch and Morality (co-edited with Avril Horner, 2010), Iris Murdoch: Texts and Contexts (also co-edited with Avril Horner 2012,) and Iris Murdoch: A Literary Life (co-authored with Priscilla Martin, 2010). She was editor of the Iris Murdoch News Letter, 1993-2007 and is now Lead Editor of the Iris Murdoch Review. She has given lectures and conference papers on Murdoch's work in the UK, Europe and America, and has supervised and examined MA and PhD research on Iris Murdoch. Living on Paper: Letters from Iris Murdoch 1934-1995, co-edited with Avril Horner, will be published by Chatto & Windus in the autumn of 2015.

Educational and professional qualifications

1996 PhD , University of Reading
1991 PGCEA Education , Surrey University
1990 MA Literature/Visual Arts , University of Reading
1988 BA (Hons) English , Kington University BA Modern Arts (English)

Professional experience (post-1990)

2014 -present Associate Professor in English Literature, Kingston University
2010-present Director of the Iris Murdoch Archive Project, Kingston University
2010-2014 Reader in English Literature, Kingston University
2004-5 MA Course Director, Kingston University
2004 -2010 Director of the Centre for Iris Murdoch studies, Kingston University
2002-2005 Director of the Academic Skills Centre, Kingston University
1996-2010 Senior Lecturer in English Literature, Kingston University
1993-2002 Visiting Lecturer in English, University of Reading


Associate Professor Dr Anne Rowe teaches a Special study on Iris Murdoch to third year English Literature students and also teaches Murdoch on the English MA. Other teaching includes or has included Contemporary British Fiction (particularly Ian McEwan, Sebastian Faulks, Graham Swift); Literature between 1930 and 1970; Children's Literature; Romanticism; Shakespeare; Nineteenth Century Novel; Research Skills and Methodologies; Academic Writing

Research supervision

Successful supervisions include:

M.Phil: Isabelle Chapman: 'Tender Sympathies: Mother - Daughter Relationships in the Novels of Elizabeth Gaskell 1999

MA by Research: Pamela Osborn: Faith and Failure: Religious Perspectives on a Secular Society in the Novels of Iris Murdoch and Patrick White 2006

PhD: Frances white: Past Forgiving? The Concept and Expereince of Remorse in the Writings of Iris Murdoch; 2011

PhD: Vanessa Palmer: 'The Will to Truth: An Explorationof Modern Motherhood in Contemporary Fiction, 2011

PhD: Pamela Osborn: Another Country: Bereavement, Mourning and Survival in the Novels of Iris Murdoch, 2013

PhD: Laura-Jane Foley: Ekprhasis In Contneporary British Poetry, 2014 (2nd supervisor)

External Examiner Duties include:

PhD: Elaine Morley: Iris Murdoch and Elias Canetti, University of Kent at Canterbury, 2010;
Ph D on The Image of the Labyrinth in novels of Iris Murdoch and A.S.Byatt, Australian Catholic National University 2005 & 2006.

Current Supervisions

MA by Research: Chris Boddington: Iris Murdoch and Frank Thomposn: The Sea The Sea as Elegy
PhD: Daniel Read: Perceptions of Evil in the Philosophy and Fiction of Iris Murdoch
PhD: Rebecca Moden: Iconography in the work of Iris Murdoch and the Painter Harry Weinberger

Research areas

Centre for Iris Murdoch Studies
English Literature and Creative Writing

International connections


Professional activity

Director of the Centre for Iris Murdoch Studies at Kingston University. Director of the Iris Murdoch Society and European Editor of the Iris Murdoch News Letter,