Professor Kate McLoughlin

Robert Wills Fellow and Tutor in English Literature; Professor of English Literature

Kate McLoughlin joined Harris Manchester in 2014 from Birkbeck College, University of London, where she was Reader in Modern Literature.  A former government lawyer, she is also an Associate of the Royal College of Music in piano performance and a published poet: Plums came out in 2011.   Kate is co-Founder and co-Director of the War and Representation Network, an international, multi-disciplinary network for scholars working on all aspects of war representation.  She is also co-General Editor of Edinburgh University Press’s Critical Studies in War & Culture  monograph series.


Kate teaches English Literature from the late 18th century to the present and directs the studies of all undergraduates at Harris Manchester reading English and Joint Schools.  She lectures for the English Faculty on a variety of topics within the same period, as well as supervising master’s and doctoral dissertations.


Kate has published widely in the area of war literature: she is the author of Authoring War: The Literary Representation of War from the Iliad to Iraq (2011) and Martha Gellhorn: the War Writer in the Field and in the Text (2007), editor of The Cambridge Companion to War Writing (2009) and co-editor of Writing War, Writing Lives (2016). She has also published on modernism, in 2013 editing The Modernist PartyIn 2018, she will publish her third monograph, Veteran Poetics: British Literature in the Age of Mass Warfare, 1790-2015 (Cambridge University Press); an edited collection, Flower/Power: British Literature in Transition, 1960-1980 (Cambridge University Press); and a co-edited collection, The First World War: Literature, Culture, Modernity (The British Academy / Oxford University Press). A full list of publications is on her English Faculty page.

In 2017-18, Kate is co-convening a seminar series funded by the Mellon Foundation called Post-War: Commemoration, Reconstruction, Reconciliation. This Series will bring together creative practitioners, academics and figures from the public sector, including the architect Daniel Liebeskind, the novelists Aminatta Forna and Rachel Seiffert, the poets Dunya Mikhail and Jenny Lewis and the composers Jonathan Dove and Errollynn Wallen.

Kate is currently in the early stages of a new major research project on literature and silence. In 2017, she held a Knowledge Exchange Fellowship with the Oxford Quaker Meeting at 43 St. Giles. She has plans to edit an anthology of poetry relating to silence and to work on a book, provisionally entitled Literature’s Silences, which will explore silence, the silent and the silenced in literature from the medieval period to the present, reflecting in the process on its own gaps, omissions and white spaces.

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