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Dr Katherine Baxter

Associate Professor

Department: Humanities

Following my first degree in English and Hebrew, I was awarded my Ph.D. from the University of Glasgow in July 2003. I then worked for several years in London both as a lecturer and as a cataloguer and curator at the British Library. In 2007 I was appointed as Research Assistant Professor in Cross-Cultural Studies in English at the University of Hong Kong. I then moved, in 2010, to the United States where I was a lecturer at Stanford University before joining Northumbria University in 2011. My work is characterized by my longstanding interest in cross-cultural and interdisciplinary scholarship. Colonial and postcolonial literatures form the main focus of my research alongside an interest in literary multilingualism, and law and literature studies.

Katherine Baxter

Campus Address

Office: Lipman 107


  • Literary Studies PhD June 30 2003
  • Senior Fellow (SFHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2017

Key Publications

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  • Practices of Remembrance: The Experiences of Artists and Curators in the Centenary Commemoration of World War I, Baxter, K. 13 May 2020, In: Arts
  • The "Reasonable Man" in Colonial Nigeria, Baxter, K. 6 Mar 2020, In: Open Library of Humanities
  • Imagined States: Law and Literature in Nigeria, 1900-1966, Baxter, K. Nov 2019
  • The Edinburgh Companion to the First World War and the Arts, Einhaus, A., Baxter, K. 30 Jun 2017
  • Conrad and Language, Baxter, K., Hampson, R. Jun 2016
  • Writing in Translation: Robert Sullivan’s 'Star Waka' and Craig Santos Perez’s 'from unincorporated territory', Baxter, K., Smith, L. 1 Dec 2016, In: Literary Geographies
  • ‘Senseless speech’ and inaudibility in Conrad's ‘Amy Foster’: rethinking trauma and the unspeakable in fiction, Baxter, K. 19 Oct 2015, In: Textual Practice
  • Reading New Black Fiction of South East Asia: An ex-centric approach to transnational literary studies, Baxter, K. 2013, In: The Journal of Commonwealth Literature
  • Memory and photography: Rethinking postcolonial trauma studies, Baxter, K. 1 Feb 2011, In: Journal of Postcolonial Writing
  • Joseph Conrad and the Swan Song of Romance, Baxter, K. Jan 2010

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

My main areas of research are colonial and postcolonial literatures and the works of Joseph Conrad. I am also General Editor of English: The Journal of the English Association.

My most recent monograph, Imagined States: Law and Literature in Nigeria (in the Edinburgh Critical Studies in Law, Literature and the Humanities series), examines the complex, transnational relationships between literature, jurisprudence, and legal practice in late colonial and early postcolonial Nigeria.

In Conrad studies I have published widely, most recently editing Conrad and Language with Professor Robert Hampson (EUP 2016; paperback 2017; awarded third prize for the Adam Gillon Book Award, 2018). My monograph, Joseph Conrad and The Swan Song of Romance, explores Conrad’s use of classical romance forms throughout his oeuvre (Ashgate 2010; ‘Honourable Mention’ for the Adam Gillon Book Award, 2012). I am co-editor of Conrad’s Plays for Cambridge University Press’s series, The Works of Joseph Conrad, with Professor Richard Hand (CUP forthcoming). This is an exciting project, which collects together for the first time all Conrad’s plays with The Book of Job, his only literary translation from Polish, and his film scenario, Gaspar The Strongman.

I am also involved in research on the First World War, co-editing the Edinburgh Companion to the First World War in the Arts with Dr Ann-Marie Einhaus, (EUP 2017). Ann-Marie Einhaus and I have also collaborated on a Heritage Lottery-funded project, ‘Reflections of Newcastle, 1914-1918’ (£55,200) with the Literary and Philosophical Society, Newcastle College and the November Club. The project examined the intellectual and cultural life of Newcastle during the First World War. As part of the project students from Northumbria University and Newcastle College undertook internships to research and develop three iBooks, launched on the centenary of the first day of the Battle of the Somme in 2016. I have also been involved with The Bowes Museum’s HLF-funded project, ‘To Serve King and Country’, developing a creative project with Northumbria University Creative Writing and Performing Arts students. Most recently, I ran an international workshop, ‘Creative Practice and Cultural Memory: Exploring First World War Heritage in the Middle East’ at the British Institute in Amman, Jordan (2018) bringing together artists, historians, writers and museum curators to discuss creative responses to the First World War in the Middle East and its inheritance today.

I am a member of the AHRC Peer Review College and of the AHRC’s GCRF Peer Review College. I act as an expert reviewer for a number of academic publishers and journals.

PGR Supervision

  • Hayet Sedda Start: 01/03/2020
  • James Ward Start: 01/10/2018
  • Hannah Humes Politics, Religion and Pleasure: Travel Writing about China in the Literary and Philosophical Society of Newcastle, 1880-1925 Start: 07/10/2014


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