Kate Turner researches and teaches in English literature, with interdisciplinary interests in contemporary literature and culture.
Her work focusses particularly on queer theory and transnationalism, with an interdisciplinary practice that incorporates politics, philosophy, and art history.
Kate Turner researches and teaches in the areas of literature, gender studies, and literary theory. She is currently the co-editor of ‘C21 Scottish Fiction’, which is a special issue of C21 Literature: Journal of 21st Century-Writing.
Kate is also currently completing her PhD thesis, due for submission March 2016. This research utilises Queer Theory to examine notions of crisis and boundary crossing in Scottish literature in order to assess the significance of the dramatic changes in Scottish national identity, and its positioning within the UK, over the course of the twenty-first century. Texts by writers such as Ali Smith, Zoe Strachan, James Robertson, Luke Sutherland, and Alan Bissett provide the basis for this literary analysis.
Having completed her MA in Sexual Dissidence in Literature and Culture at the University of Sussex, Kate began doctoral study at the University of Westminster in 2012 and joined the University of Brighton in 2015.
I believe that supporting students to become independent in their learning, research, and analysis is central to the role of the university tutor. My teaching is closely associated with my research interests in literary theory and politics in that I provide students with various frameworks in which to consider a text and assist them in developing their own readings.
I strive for a learning environment in which freedom of enquiry and open dialogue are central. In this I focus on supporting individual learning styles and student-centered learning as well as encouraging enquiry, debate, and independent, research-led analysis.
I find that teaching and research are at their most productive when they inform each other and I often use this as a source of motivation and inspiration within the seminar room.
'Queer Scottish Gothic'. The Edinburgh Companion to Scottish Gothic (Ed. Carol Davison and Monica Germanà). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. Estimated publication date, spring 2016.
Co-Editor of C21 Scottish Fiction: where are we now? (Special Issue of C21 Literature: Journal of 21st-Century Writing). Estimated publication date, spring 2016.
‘‘A Beacon of Progressive Policy’: A Study of Contemporary Visual Campaigns for Equal Marriage in Scotland’. Published as part of Civil Partnerships - Queer & Feminist Art & Activism Exhibition. Curated by Lara Perry and Paweł Leszkowicz (University of Brighton) 2012.