Katherine Cooper


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Academic Background

Katherine taught at Newcastle University and at Teesside University before coming to UEA in 2017 as Senior Research Associate. At UEA, she works with Professor Rachel Potter on an AHRC-funded project exploring writers' organisations and free expression. She is also teaching on the first year Reading and Writing Criticism module and on the second year Modernism option.

She studied at the University of Sussex and at Newcastle University. She gained her Ph.D. in 2013 from Newcastle University with a project looking at representations of World War Two and nation in the novels of Margaret Storm Jameson. Her first monograph, based on this project out now with Bloomsbury Academic.

Key Research Interests and Expertise

Katherine's research focuses around activism and literature, looking specifically at human rights, displacement and migration, and identity-building in the literature of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. A BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinker, her first book looked at the novels of the Yorkshire writer Margaret Storm Jameson – wartime President of English PEN – and was published with Bloomsbury in 2020. Her current project grew directly out of this work, and looks at how British writers like Jameson formed activist networks to help refugees during World War Two exploring the sorts of ideas about human rights and European identity which underpinned this undertaking. More broadly, her research interests include literary archives and objects, women writers and the British regional novel.

She is on the advisory board of English, the journal of the English Association and is a member of the British Association of Modernist Studies.