Dr Meg Jensen
|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
|1996||PhD in English , UNIVERSITY OF LONDON, QUEEN MARY AND WESTFIELD COLLEGE|
|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.
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.
|English Literature and Creative Writing: Life Writing, Trauma Fiction and the Autobiographical, Modernist Fiction, 19th and 20th Century Women Writers, Children's Literature|
|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|
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) 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 (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
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
Conference or Workshop Item
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)