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Alexandra Kingston-Reese



Alexandra Kingston-Reese joined the department in 2016 as a Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature. Before that, Alexandra taught at the University of Sydney, where she also completed her PhD. Her research focuses on the contemporary novel, the contemporary essay, affect, aesthetics, form, and visual culture. She teaches on modules on American literature, global literature, modernity, affect, and the contemporary novel at undergraduate and postgraduate level. 

She is the department's Chair of Admissions and the Programme Leader of the English and History of Art combined degree.



Alexandra is a member of the Modern Research School and the interdisciplinary Centre for Modern Studies at York.

Alexandra’s research focuses on form, affect, and aesthetics in the contemporary novel and the post45 essay. She has articles and reviews published or forthcoming with MFSMosaic, and the Times Literary Supplement. She is the Editor of ASAP/Journal's open access platform, ASAP/J.

She is the co-organiser of The Contemporary Essay, a CModS research strand, and the co-investigator on Affects in History, with Mary Fairclough. She was the co-organiser of Creative Dissonance, a CModS research strand which ran from 2017-19.

Her first book Contemporary Novelists and the Aesthetics of Twenty-First Century American Life interrogated the categories of aesthetic attention as modeled by contemporary art novels. Her second book is Art Essays, an edited collection of essays by contemporary novelists on art, including Zadie Smith, Chris Kraus, Orhan Pamuk, Geoff Dyer, Teju Cole, and Jhumpa Lahiri. This is under contract with University of Iowa Press and is slated for publication in 2021.

Her current project is a monograph tentatively titled Minimal Care, on the affective minimalism of care in contemporary literature. 

Alexandra also regularly interviews contemporary writers, including Eleanor Catton, Michael Donkor, and Sharlene Teo.


Alexandra would welcome hearing from prospective doctoral students on contemporary literature, post-45 American literature, affect studies, formalist approaches to literature, and visual culture.


Contact details

Dr Alexandra Kingston-Reese
Department of English and Related Literature
University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: +44 (0)1904 323347