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Kaye Mitchell

Senior Lecturer, English and American Studies, & Director of the Centre for New Writing, University of Manchester

My most recent monograph, Writing Shame, published in early 2020, investigates the triangular relationship between shame, gender and writing, via readings of an array of contemporary texts - literary, popular, fictional and autofictional. In Writing Shame I start from the premise that femininity and shame are utterly and necessarily imbricated, and I examine writing that explores and inhabits - rather than seeking to overcome - this state of shame, considering the dissonant effects of such explorations on and beyond the page. I received an Experienced Researcher Fellowship from the Alexander Von Humboldt foundation to support the research and writing for Writing Shame, and from 2014-2015 was based in Berlin. I have also been a Visiting Scholar at NYU in New York (in 2010) and I held a Guest Professorship at the University of Bamberg, Germany, in February 2023.

My current interests lie particularly in experimental writing by women: a special issue on contemporary women's experimental writing for Contemporary Women's Writing was published in 2015; a chapter on realism and experimentalism in postwar women's writing formed part of the History of British Women's Writing, Vol IX, 1945-1975, which was published by Palgrave in 2016; in 2019 Edinburgh University Press published British Avant-Garde Fiction of the 1960s, which I co-edited with Nonia Williams. My new monograph project, Gendered Experiments, analyses the gender ramifications of three areas/strategies of literary experiment: appropriation, constraint, and transgression, through analyses of a range of texts by women from across the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

I am Co-Editor of the OUP journal, Contemporary Women's Writing, a member of the editorial board of Open Gender Journal (in Germany), and a series editor of Bloomsbury's 'Contemporary Critical Perspectives' series.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer, English and American Studies, University of Manchester


Humboldt Experienced Researcher