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Dr. Ian Kinane

Senior Lecturer in English Literature,


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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 Group, 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 Popular Literature and Culture Research Group organises a number of public events throughout the academic year in conjunction with City of Westminster Archives. I am also the Departmental Outreach Officer.

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, 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 representations in contemporary literature and cultural media of British-Jamaican cultural relations, particularly in the work of Ian Fleming and later film and other media adaptations of his books. I am examining the ways in which Fleming negotiated the perceived threat of incursion that was feared from within Britain following the arrival of the Windrush generation to Britain in the twentieth century. Currently, I am writing a monograph titled Ian Fleming and the Politics of Ambivalence, which will be published by Bloomsbury in 2021. 

I am also the author of Theorising Literary Islands (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016), editor of Didactics and the Modern Robinsonade (Liverpool University Press, 2019), and co-editor of Landscapes of Liminality: Between Space and Place (Rowman & Littlefiled, 2016). In addition, I am finalising an edited collection titled Isn't it Ironic?: Irony in Contemporary Popular Culture (Routledge, 2021) and preparing a number of other book-length projects, including a monograph provisionally titled Terror Incognita: Islands in the Gothic Imaginary, a co-authored monograph on Island Poetics, and a further edited collection on Literature, Culture, and Bisexuality




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:

  • 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

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 (Series 4, Episode 8, 10/01/2020), the BBCThe Express (1), The Express (2), The MirrorThe World NewsFlorida PostIndia Times, The 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.



Education/Academic qualification

University of Dublin, Trinity College

Award Date: 10 Apr 2015


  • PR English literature
  • PS American literature
  • PZ Childrens literature
  • PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
  • PN0080 Criticism
  • PN0441 Literary History

Research Output

Gilligan's Island, Gilligan's Wake, and Historiographising American Popular Cultural History

Kinane, D. I., 17 Sep 2020, Rewriting Crusoe: The Robinsonade Across Languages, Cultures, and Media. Lipski, J. (ed.). Pennsylvania: Bucknell University Press, p. 148 164 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Ian Fleming and the Politics of Ambivalence

Kinane, I., 2020, (Accepted/In press) London: Bloomsbury.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

International Journal of James Bond Studies 3(1)

Kinane, D. I. (ed.), 1 May 2020, In : International Journal of James Bond Studies.

Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue

Isn't it Ironic?: Irony in Contemporary Popular Culture

Kinane, I. (ed.) & Parker, E. (ed.), 2020, (Accepted/In press) Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Didactics and the Modern Robinsonade

Kinane, I. (ed.), 30 Sep 2019, London: Liverpool University Press. 224 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook


Everett Helm Fellowship

Kinane, Dr. Ian (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Kinane, Dr. Ian (Recipient), Dec 2016

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching

Kinane, Dr. Ian (Recipient), 2019

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Convener, MA in Popular Literature and Culture

Dr. Ian Kinane (Organiser)

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School of Humanities Recruitment Committee Member

Dr. Ian Kinane (Organiser)

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School of Humanities Learning and Teaching Quality Group Committee Member

Dr. Ian Kinane (Organiser)

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Activity: Public engagement and outreachOther

Fincham Press, Editorial Board Member

Dr. Ian Kinane (Member)

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Activity: Public engagement and outreachMembership of peer review panel or committee

Press / Media