Dr Meg Jensen

Position: Associate Professor
School: Humanities
Email: M.Jensen@kingston.ac.uk
Extension: 62282
Location: Room PR HH 2004, Holmwood House, Penrhyn Road


The focus of my research is the examination of the cultural, historical, social and familial contexts in which creative writing is produced. In doing so I made considerable use of biographical, autobiographical and archival material: the letters, diaries, notebooks, etc of a range of 19th, 20th and 21st century Anglophone writers.

As a development of this interest in auto/biographical material, in 2007 I formed the Centre for Life Narratives (CLN) at Kingston,(now called Life Writing Research Group). LNR is the hub of an international research network which brings together practitioners and theorists of all genres of life narratives for conferences, seminars, readings and research projects.

My current critical research examines creative non-fiction, diaries, letters and autobiographically based fictions in relation to both form and current trauma theory.

My most recent publications consider the forms of traumatogenic narratives and autobiographical remembrance literature composed in response to post-trauma and/or post-conflict contexts. This work examines current trends in writing that draws on both factual and fictive modes in the representation of traumatic experience, and the relationship between such writing and current behavioural, psychological, and neurochemical approaches to diagnosing and treating traumatic disorders.

My practice-based research takes two forms: creative non-fiction and autobiographically based fiction. Current projects include three novel-length autobiographical fictions. All three are research-led creative narratives that explore the boundaries between creative non-fiction, social and cultural history, memory and trauma, and as such are a creative and practical development of my longstanding research interests.

Educational and professional qualifications

1991 MA in English , NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
1985 BA in Liberal Arts (Concentrating on Creative Writing) , SARAH LAWRENCE COLLEGE BRONXVILLE, NEW YORK

Professional experience (post-1990)

2014 to present Post Graduate Coordinator, English Literature, Kingston University
2013 to present Associate Professor, English Literature and Creative Writing, Kingston University
2008- 2013 Deputy Head of School, Humanties, Principal Lecturer, Kingston University
2007- present Director, Center for Life Narratives, Kingston University
2003 - 2008 Field Leader, Senior Lecturer Department of Creative Writing, Kingston University
1998 - 2004 Guest Lecturer and Curriculum Development Advisor, British Institute in Paris
1997-present Lecturer in 19th and 20th century British and American Literature and Creative Writing and Theory, Department of English, Kingston University
1993-1995, 1996-1998 Lecturer in 19th century British Novel and Critical Theory, Department of English, Queen Mary and Westfield College, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON


Teaches on a wide range of courses in the BA and MA in Creative Writing and English Literature, such as Life Writing and Creative Non Fiction, Gender Without Borders, Introduction to Creative Writing, Independent Creative Writing, 19th Century American Literature, Victorian and Modern Literature, Global Literatures, Writing Women, The Short Story, The Brontes and Counter Culture American Writing.

Research supervision

I supervise PhDs in Creative Writing in prose fiction and life writing and in many areas of 19th and 20th Century English and American Literature. I am particularly interested in supervising critical and creative research into the relationships among traumatic experience, loss, memory, mourning, and the autobiographical.

Research areas

English Literature and Creative Writing: Life Writing, Trauma Fiction and the Autobiographical, Modernist Fiction, 19th and 20th Century Women Writers, Children's Literature

International connections

International Auto/Biographical Association - member since 2008
European Auto/Biographical Association Since 2010
Advisory Board: Research Centre in Memory and Literature, University of Iceland Since 2012
Advisor and Collaborator: MFA Human Rights Scribe Programme: University of Minnesota Since 2010
John Smith Memorial Trust Fellowship Mentor Since 2010
Kurdish Genocide Advisory Committee: Since 2011

Research outputs

Number of items: 23.


Jensen, Meg (2016) Surviving the wreck : post-traumatic writers, bodies in transition and the point of autobiographical fiction. Life Writing, ISSN (print) 1448-4528 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Jensen, Meg (2014) Post-traumatic memory projects : autobiographical fiction and counter-monuments. Textual Practice, 28(4), pp. 701-725. ISSN (print) 0950-236X

Jensen, Meg (2012) Something beautiful for Mary. New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing, 9(3), pp. 337-341. ISSN (print) 1479-0726

Jensen, Meg (2012) The writer's diary as borderland: the public and private selves of Virginia Woolf, Katherine Mansfield, and Louisa May Alcott. Life Writing, 9(3), pp. 315-325. ISSN (print) 1448-4528

Jensen, Meg (2011) Getting to know me in theory and practice: negotiated truth and mourning in autobiographically-based fiction (J.G. Ballard, Virginia Woolf, Katherine Mansfield, Jack Kerouac, Louisa May Alcott and me). Literature Compass, 8(12), pp. 941-950. ISSN (online) 1741-4113

Jensen, Meg and Jolly, Margaretta (2011) Introduction: life writing and critical practice. Literature Compass, 8(12), pp. 875-877. ISSN (online) 1741-4113

Jensen, Meg (2009) Book Review of: The unbearable Saki: the work of H. H. Munro by Sandie Byrne. Modern Language Review, 104(1), pp. 192-193. ISSN (print) 0026-7937

Jensen, Meg (2009) Separated by a common language: the (differing) discourses of life writing in theory and practice. a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, 24(2), pp. 299-314. ISSN (print) 0898-9575

Jensen, Meg (2008) Book Review of: Original copy: plagiarism and originality in nineteenth-century literature by Robert MacFarlane. Modern Language Review, 103(3), pp. 839-840. ISSN (print) 0026-7937

Jensen, Margaret (2007) Book Review of: Quixotic fictions of the USA 1792-1815 by Sarah F. Wood. Modern Language Review, The, 102(3), p. 842. ISSN (print) 0026-7937

Jensen, Meg (2007) The anxiety of daughterhood: re-examining Bloom's theory of influence in the work of Louisa May Alcott and Virginia Woolf. Literature Compass, 4(4), pp. 1208-1226. ISSN (online) 1741-4113


Jensen, Meg and Jolly, Margaretta, eds. (2014) We shall bear witness: life narratives and human rights. Madison, WI, U.S. : University of Wisconsin Press. 332p. (Wisconsin Studies in Autobiography) ISBN 9780299300142

Jensen, Meg and Jordan, Jane, eds. (2009) Life writing: the spirit of the age and the state of the art. Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K. : Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 238p. ISBN 9781443805261

Jensen, Margaret M. (2002) The open book: creative misreadings in the works of selected modern authors. New York; Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan. 236p. ISBN 0312293534

Book Section

Jensen, Meg (2015) The legible face of human rights in autobiographical fiction. In: Mcclennen, Sophia and Schultheis Moore, Alexandra, (eds.) The Routledge Companion to Literature and Human Rights. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 185-193. (Routledge Literature Companions) ISBN 9780415736411 (In Press)

Jensen, Meg (2014) The fictional is political : forms of appeal in autobiographical fiction and poetry. In: Jensen, Meg and Jolly, Margaretta, (eds.) We shall bear witness : life narratives and human rights. Madison, WI, U.S. : University of Wisconsin Press. pp. 141-157. ISBN 9780299300142

Jensen, Meg (2009) Introduction: do you speak life narrative? In: Jensen, Meg and Jordan, Jane, (eds.) Life writing: the spirit of the age and the state of the art. Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K. : Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp. xxvii-xxxiii. ISBN 9781443805261

Jensen, Meg and Jordan, Jane (2009) State of the art: the spirit of the age collection. In: Jensen, Meg and Jordan, Jane, (eds.) Life writing: the spirit of the age and the state of the art. Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K. : Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp. xxxiv-xxxvii. ISBN 9781443805261

Jensen, Meg (2007) Tradition and revelation: moments of being in Virginia Woolf's major novels. In: Shiach, Morag, (ed.) The Cambridge companion to the modernist novel. Cambridge, UK : Cambridge University Press. pp. 112-125. (Cambridge companions to literature) ISBN 0521670748

Jensen, Meg (2004) Roper, Esther Gertrude (1868-1938). In: Goldman, Lawrence, (ed.) Oxford dictionary of national biography. Oxford, UK : Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198614111

Jensen, Meg (2004) Stephen, Caroline Emelia [Milly] (1834-1909). In: Goldman, Lawrence, (ed.) Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford, UK : Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198614111

Conference or Workshop Item

Jensen, Meg [Speaker] (2010) Writers' diaries and their fiction. In: Kingston Reader's Festival; 01 May 2010, Kingston upon Thames, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Jensen, Meg [Speaker] (2009) Behind a mask: the unknown thrillers of Louisa May Alcott. In: Kingston Reader's Festival; 23 Apr - 22 May 2009, Kingston upon Thames, U.K.. (Unpublished)

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