Dr Kathryn Simpson

 

​ ​ ​ ​ ​Kathryn Simpson ​Position:​Senior Lecturer in English Literature
​School:​Cardiff School of Education
​E- mail:ksimpson@cardiffmet.ac.uk
​ Telephone:​029 2041 5980
​Room No:​B114

 

Research

Research Groups:
• Arts And Humanities Research Group (AHRG)

Memberships:
• International Virginia Woolf Society
• Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain
• Katherine Mansfield Society
• Editorial Board of Katherine Mansfield Studies
• British Society of Modernist Studies
• Modernist Studies Association
• Contemporary Women’s Writing Association

Research Interests:
• Modernist writing, particularly the work of Woolf and Mansfield
• Literary markets and economies
• Contemporary Literatures, particularly the work of David Mitchell and Sarah Waters
• Sexuality and Gender issues in Education

Publications

Books:
Simpson, K. (2008) Gifts, Markets and Economies of Desire in Virginia Woolf. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Simpson, K. Woolf: A Guide for the Perplexed. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016.

Edited books:
Dubino, J., Lowe, G., Neverow, V., Simpson, K. (2014) Virginia Woolf: Twenty-First Century Approaches. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Edited Journals:
Simpson K. and Harvey, M. (ed) (2014/15) Virginia Woolf Miscellany, Special Issue, 'Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield'

Book chapters:
Simpson, K. (2015) Social Class in To The Lighthouse, The Cambridge Companion to To the Lighthouse, ed. Allison Pease. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Simpson, K. (2015) 'Strange flower, half opened': Katherine Mansfield and the Flowering of 'the Self' in Gerri Kimber and Janka Kascakova (ed) Katherine Mansfield: European Connections and Influences, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (in press).

Simpson, K. (2015) 'our precious art': Katherine Mansfield, Virginia Woolf and the Gift Economy, in Sarah Ailwood and Melinda Harvey (ed) Katherine Mansfield and Influence. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press (in press).

Simpson, K. (2014) 'shop windows blazing; and women gazing': Woolf, Commodity Culture and the Gift Economy, in Claire Pégon-Davison and Anne-Marie Di Biasio-Smith (ed) A Contemporary Woolf/ Woolf Contemporaine, Montpellier: Presses Universitaires de la Méditerranée.

Simpson, K. (2012) Woolf's Bloomsbury, in Jane Goldman and Bryony Randall (ed) Virginia Woolf in Context, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Simpson, K. (2012) Come buy, come buy: Woolf's Contradictory Relationship to the Marketplace, in Derek Ryan and Stella Bolaki (ed) Contradictory Woolf: Selected Papers from the Twenty-first Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, Clemson University Digital Press.

Simpson, K. (2011) 'Or something like that': Coming of Age in number9dream, in Sarah Dillon (ed) David Mitchell: Critical Essays, Kent: Gylphi, 2011.

Simpson, K. (2011) 'Lappin and Lapinova': A Woolf in Hare's Clothing?, in Kristin Czarnecki and Carrie Rohman (ed) Virginia Woolf and the Natural World: Selected Papers from the Twentieth International Conference on Virginia Woolf, Clemson University Digital Press, 2011.

Simpson, K. (2011) 'Lappin and Lapinova': the Hares and the Woolves, in Gill Lowe (ed) Virginia Woolf Miscellany no. 79, 2011.

Simpson, K. (2010) 'Street Haunting': Commodity Culture and the Woman Artist, in Elizabeth E. Evans and Sarah E. Cornish (ed) Woolf and the City: Selected Papers from the Twentieth International Conference on Virginia Woolf, Clemson University Digital Press.

Simpson, K. (2010) Unpinning Economies of Desire: Gifts and the Market in 'Moments of Being: "Slater's Pins Have no Points"', in Gina Potts and Lisa Shahriari (ed)Virginia Woolf's Bloomsbury (2 Volumes), Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Peer-refereed journals:
Sauntson, H. and Simpson, K. (2012) Other cultures, other sexualities: Tackling Homophobia in Secondary English, in English Drama Media, the journal for the National Association for the Teaching of English (NATE).

Sauntson, H. and Simpson, K. (2011) Investigating Sexuality Discourses in the UK Secondary English Curriculum, in Journal of Homosexuality. Special Issue: "Languages that Matter".

Simpson, K. (2005) The Paradox of the Gift: Gift-Giving as a Disruptive Force in Mrs Dalloway in Woolf Studies Annual 11.

Simpson, K. (2005) Economies of Desire: Gifts and the Market in 'Moments of Being: "Slater's Pins Have No Points"', in Journal of Modern Literature, 28.2.

Simpson, K. (2005) Pearl-diving: Inscriptions of Desire and Creativity in H.D. and Woolf, in Journal of Modern Literature 27.4.

Simpson, K. (2003) 'Queer Fish': Woolf's Writing of Desire Between Women in The Voyage Out and Mrs Dalloway, in Woolf Studies Annual, 9.

Conference Papers since 2010:
Simpson, K. (2016) 'Persuading Rachel: Woolf and Austen's "little voyage of discovery"' to be presented at the Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, Leeds Trinity University, June 2016.

Simpson, K. (2016) 'Taking Flight: The Literal and Literary Flights of Lady Mary Heath and Virginia Woolf', presented at the 'Flying Through the Thirties' Symposium, Croydon Airport.

Simpson, K. (2015) 'Travels with "Lady Icarus"', presented at the Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf, Bloomsburg, USA.

Simpson, K. (2014) 'Katherine Mansfield and Spirit of the Gift', presented at the Katherine Mansfield and France International Conference, Université Paris III—Sorbonne Nouvelle. 

Simpson, K. (2013) 'Gift enough': Gifts, Desire and Colonial Commodities in Woolf and Mansfield, presented at the Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf, Vancouver.

Sauntson, H. and Simpson, K. (2012) Assessing the Impact of Sexuality Diversity Training in Initial Teacher Training for Secondary School Teachers in a UK Context, presented at the British Educational Research Association conference, Manchester.

Simpson, K. (2011) 'Come buy, come buy': Woolf's Contradictory Relationship to the Marketplace, 'Bi-Woolf' plenary panel, presented at the Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf, Glasgow.

Simpson, K. (2011) Testing the Boundaries: Gifts and Desire in Mansfield and Woolf, presented at the Shaping Modernism Conference, University of Cambridge.

Sauntson, H. and Simpson, K (2011) Sexual Diversity in the English National Curriculum: Teachers' and Young LGB-identified People's Experiences in the City of Birmingham, presented at the European Conference on Educational Research (EERA), Berlin.

Sauntson, H. and Simpson, K (2011) A critical analysis of sexuality discourses in the English National Curriculum for Key Stages 3 and 4, presented the British Educational Research Association (BERA) Annual Conference, London.

Simpson, K. (2010) 'Lappin and Lapinova': A Woolf in Hare's Clothing?, presented at the Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf, Kentucky.

Projects

I am currently working on a project focused on Woolf and her contemporaries and their experience of, and attitude to, travel (provisionally titled, ‘Travelling Companions’).

Profile

I joined Cardiff Metropolitan University in September 2013 as Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Programmes Director for English. Before this I taught at the University of Wolverhampton and the University of Birmingham, School of Education, where I also held a number of roles, including Programme Leader for the B.A. (Hons) English Language and Literature in Education degree and Head of Department for the Languages, Literatures and Societies. My main areas of teaching expertise are in Nineteenth, Twentieth and Contemporary Literature.

I gained a B.A. (Hons) in English Literature and Language from the University of Birmingham in 1990, and a PhD in English Literature in 1996. I also hold a P.G.C.E in Further, Adult and Higher Education from the University of Wolverhampton (1995).

My main research specialisms are in Modernist literature and Contemporary fiction, with an emphasis on the work of women writers. My doctoral research focused on the writing of Virginia Woolf, Gertrude Stein, Djuna Barnes, H.D. and Radclyffe Hall. I have a particular expertise in the work of Woolf and Mansfield. More recent research has focused on the writing of Sarah Waters and David Mitchell. 

I would welcome interest in doctoral research the areas of

  • Virginia Woolf
  • Katherine Mansfield
  • Modernism and travel
  • literature and economies
  • modernist women writers
  • gender and sexuality in literary texts

Please see my list of publications and projects for further information.

Further Information

Former Vice-president of the International Virginia Woolf Society
Founding member of the Katherine Mansfield Society

Editorial Board Member and Reviews Editor for the associated journal, Katherine Mansfield Studies (published by Edinburgh University Press).

Peer reviewer for several journals including, Woolf Studies Annual, Modernist Cultures, Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, Review of English Studies, Annotated Bibliography of English Studies, Katherine Mansfield Studies.