Dr Nicole King

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Dr Nicole King

Academic qualifications

  • A.B English Literature, Princeton University
  • MA English Literature, University of Pennsylvania
  • PhD English Literature, University of Pennsylvania
  • Principal Fellow, Higher Education Academy


  • EN51002A             Approaches to Text
  • EN51005B             Introduction to American Literaure and Culture
  • EN52208A             Modern American Fiction (and EN53308A
  • EN52238B             Inventing the Nation
  • EN53339A             The Emergence of Modern America      
  • EN53395B             Work Placement (English)
  • MA Literary Studies- Pathway in American Literature and Culture

Areas of supervision

I have supervised PhD theses on 18th century transatlantic colonialism; 19th century narratives of black U.S women's activism and 20th century Caribbean cultural discourse. To date I have supervised three PhD students to completion.

I would particularly welcome PhD student applications in any of my areas of research including African American Literature and culture, Caribbean and Caribbean diaspora literature and culture; 20-21st century literatures of the Americas and literary representations of youth and racialisation. 


Research Interests

My current research is concerned with the literary representations of young adults, blackness and modernity in the United States and the Americas.  I also write about the literature of the Caribbean, the Caribbean diaspora and on Black British literature. My primary focus is on the 20th and 21st centuries and I am interested in how black intellectuals and artists theorise the social and poetic significance of modernity for black people in the Americas while also assessing the crucial impact of race and blackness on Western civilisation more broadly.  My current book project, African American Narratives of Childhood and Racial Subjectivity, offers a comparative historical analysis of racialisation and adolescence black US novels and short stories. I addressed the American Literature Research Seminar at Oxford University on this topic in January 2017 and I am a regular presenter at the British Association for American Studies annual conference.  I have contributed essays concerning women and the black transatlantic, focused on Ida B. Wells and Zadie Smith respectively, to Black Victorians/Black Victoriana (2003) and to a special issue of Women: A Cultural Review (2009).

Pedagogy and how we teach literature is an additional research interest that developed during several years working at the English Subject Centre (Royal Holloway) and the Higher Education Academy (York) and I have contributed an essay on teaching African American crime fiction to Teaching 21st Century Genres (Palgrave 2016) and an essay on teaching African American literature and critical thinking to Teaching Literature (Palgrave 2017). 



C. L. R. James and creolization: circles of influence
King, Nicole. 2001. C. L. R. James and creolization: circles of influence. Jackson, MS: University of Mississippi Press. ISBN 978-1-934110-49-2


Response to Deborah Willis's “The Black Civil War Soldier: Conflict and Citizenship”
King, Nicole. 2017. Response to Deborah Willis's “The Black Civil War Soldier: Conflict and Citizenship”. Journal of American Studies, 51(02), pp. 331-338. ISSN 0021-8758