Dr. Ian Kinane

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Personal profile


B.A. (Hons.) in English Studies (Dublin)

M.Phil. in Popular Literature (Dublin)

Ph.D. in English Literature (Dublin)




I was appointed Lecturer in English Literature in the Department of English and Creative Writing in September 2016 and Senior Lecturer in 2018. Prior to Roehampton, I was a Visiting Lecturer in the School of English at the University of Dublin, Trinity College. I have also taught in the Samuel Beckett Centre and the School of Drama, Film, and Music at the University of Dublin, Trinity College, as well as in the School of English, Dublin Business School. 

Within the Department, I convene the MA in Popular Literature and Culture. I am also co-director of the Popular Literature and Culture Research Centre, which explores theoretical and historical approaches to the study of popular culture from the Medieval period and the Victorian period right up to contemporary 21st-century literature and culture. The PLCRC organises a number of public events throughout the academic year in conjunction with City of Westminster Archives. I am also the Departmental Outreach Officer and I sit on the School Recruitment Committee.

I am the founding editor of the International Journal of James Bond Studies, the first online, open-access research journal of its kind in this field. The journal is run out of the Department of English Literature and Creative Writing, and is kindly supported by Fincham Press, the department's in-house university press. 

Externally, I am one of the principal investigators of the Island Poetics Research Project, which is an international and multidiscplinary project (between the Universities of Roehampton, Tampere, Munich, Essex, and Tasmania) that explores the spatial imagination of island topographies across contemporary popular literature, film, television, computer games, popular music, and advertisement. The Island Poetics Research Project organises a number of international workshops and seminars annually, and we are currently co-authoring a volume titled Island Poetics.

I am also consultant reader for a number of international academic journals, including Island Studies, Shima: The International Journal of Research into Island CulturesStudies in Travel Writing, and Eighteenth Century Fiction, and I am on the editorial board for Gothic Nature



Research interests

Popular literature and culture, genre fiction, children's literature, postcolonial literatures and theory, Robinson Crusoe and the popular heritage of the Robinsonade genre, island studies, gothic islands, adventure fiction, spy fiction, Ian Fleming's James Bond novels, Michelle Cliff's fiction, cultural geography, space and place in literature, representations of bisexuality in literature and culture, and the politics of representation, more broadly.

I welcome research proposals from anyone interested in these areas.



Research projects

My current research explores metaphors of biculturalism and bisexuality in the prose fiction of Jamaican-American author Michelle Cliff. I am currently writing a monoraph provisionally titled On the Very Edge: (Bi)furcated Identities in Michele Cliff's Writings. I am also putting together an edited collection on Literature, Culture, and Bisexuality, which explores notions of bi-erasure in popular culture at large.

Beyond my current research, I am the author and editor of a number of books, including Ian Fleming and the Politics of Ambivalence (Bloomsbury, 2021), Isn't it Ironic?: Irony in Contemporary Popular Culture (Routledge, 2021), Didactics and the Modern Robinsonade (Liverpool University Press, 2019), Theorising Literary Islands (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016), and (with Downey and Parker) Landscapes of Liminality: Between Space and Place (Rowman & Littlefiled, 2016). In addition, I am preparing a number of other book-length projects, including a monograph provisionally titled Terror Incognita: Islands in the Tropical Gothic and one on Ecocritical Robinsonades.




In 2019, I was awarded the inaugural Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

I currently convene the MA in Popular Literature and Culture, and I also teach on the BA in English Literature and the MA in Children's Literature. My teaching across undergraduate and postgraduate programmes includes the following modules:

  • Reading Popular Culture
  • Genre in Context
  • Form and Genre
  • Childhood and Popular Culture 
  • Popular Literature

I have supervised a number of dissertations at both BA and MA level, on a variety of topics. Some of these include:

  • James Bond and the Myth of St. George
  • Ideology and Power in the Harry Potter Novels
  • Cold War Consumerism and Surveillance Culture
  • Representations of Italy in Dan Brown's Popular Fiction
  • Representations of Autism in Genre Fiction
  • Language and Race in Toni Morrison's Fiction
  • The Black Female Body in Contemporary Literature
  • Literary Constructions of Cornwall in Daphne du Maurier's Fiction
  • Popular Utopian and Dystopian Narratives
  • Refugee Narratives and Narratives of Displacement
  • The Representation of Food in Roald Dahl's Fiction

I also currently supervise the following PhD projects:

  • Kiera Fitzgerald, 'State Secrets and the Public Archives: Cold War Spycraft and the Literary History of British Espionage' (AHRC/Techne-funded collaborative doctoral award in conjunction with The National Archives).
  • Lucas Townsend, 'Ian Fleming and Graham Greene: Intermodernist Agents, Violent Memories, and Everyday Objects'.
  • Aimee Hinds, 'All Women in Greek Myth: Inclusive Feminist Frameworks for Greek Mythology in Popular Culture' (AHRC/Techne-funded studentship, co-supervised with colleagues in Classics).



Professional affiliations

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member of the Royal Society of Literature

Member of the European Society for the Study of English

Member of the Techne Peer Review College

Co-Director of the Popular Literature and Culture Research Centre

Co-Director of the Island Poetics Research Project 

Editor, International Journal of James Bond Studies

Consultant Reader for Island Studies Journal, Shima: The International Journal of Research into Island Cultures, Studies in Travel Writing, and Eighteenth Century Fiction, as well as Bloomsbury Academic, Manchester University Press, Routledge, Palgrave, Liverpool University Press, University of Westminster Press, and Rowman & Littlefield International

Editorial Board Member for Gothic Nature



Consultancy work

I have been a consultant on Ian Fleming, Daniel Defoe, and Agatha Christie for the BBC2 documentary series and accompanying BBC Radio series The Novels That Shaped Our World, as well as for a number of national and international news and media outlets, including ITV News at Ten (10/01/2020), ITV News London (28/9/21), BBC Radio (28/9/21), The Washington Post, The Times, Newsweek, BBCThe Express (1), The Express (2), The Express (3), The Express (4), The Express (5), The Express (6), The Express (7), The MirrorThe World NewsFlorida PostIndia Times, The MetroThe ArticlePerspecsArtistic Licence RenewedMedium and The Guardian. I have also been consulted on Robinson Crusoe and the Robinsonade genre for a number of literary podcast series, including Morals and Make Believe and  Words to That Effect.

I am a member of the board of Balbriggan Youth Service and a member of the board of trustees of Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland. I have worked with the Trinity Access Programme (TAP) and the College For Every Student Initiative (CFES) in Ireland to deliver literature and drama workshops for primary and post-primary schoolchildren. I have also been a workshop facilitator for Foróige, the Irish National Youth Organisation. In conjunction with the Carnegie Library, I organised a series of large-group revision workshops for post-primary students of the English curriculum. I am also the Chair of Judges for the Wimbledon Book Festival writer's competition.