Kirstie Blair


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Personal Statement

I moved to Strathclyde in August 2016 after seven years at the University of Glasgow as lecturer and Senior Lecturer, following by three years as a Chair at the University of Stirling. My main research expertise is in Victorian literature and culture, particularly poetry and poetics, Scottish Victorian popular culture and literature, working-class writing, literature and religion, and literature and medicine. I also have growing research and teaching interests in children's literature from the nineteenth century to the present day.

In 2015-16 I was awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship to complete a monograph on Working Verse in Victorian Scotland: Poetry, Press, Community. I have recently completed an anthology of Scottish Victorian newspaper verse, The Poets of the People's Journal: Newspaper Poetry in Victorian Scotland (Glasgow: ASLS, 2016), and am currently CI on a Carnegie Collaborative Research Grant with the University of Glasgow, 'The People's Voice: Political Poetry, Song and the Franchise, 1832-1918'.

Academic / Professional qualifications

DPhil, St Anne's College, University of Oxford, 2003

Diploma in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Oxford, 2004

MPhil, St Anne's College, University of Oxford, 2000

Kennedy Scholarship, Harvard University, 1997-8

MA, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge, 1997

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Arts, University of Cambridge

30 Sep 199430 Jun 1997

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Poetry Arts & Humanities
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Projects 2016 2022

Research Output 2003 2019

Dialect, region, class, work

Blair, K., 20 Mar 2019, The Cambridge Companion to Victorian Women's Poetry. Hughes, L. K. (ed.). Cambridge, p. 129-144 16 p. (Cambridge Companions to Literature).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

The Scottish nursery muse: Scottish poetry and the children's verse tradition in the Victorian period

Blair, K., 3 Jun 2019, The Land of Storybooks: Scottish Children's Literature in the Long Nineteenth Century. Dunnigan, S. & Lai, S-F. (eds.). Glasgow, p. 84-106 23 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Victorian Period


The place of poetry in victorian Dundee

Author: Farley, E., 1 Oct 2018

Supervisor: Blair, K. (Supervisor) & Goldie, D. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis