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 interests are in twenty-first century Anglophone literature (particularly post-2008), critical theory, aesthetics, intermediality, visual culture, and contemporary global women's writing. She teaches on modules on contemporary writing practices, global literature, modernity, and intermedial contemporary literature. She is also the department's Deputy Admissions Tutor.



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

Alexandra’s research focuses on the interartistic/intermedial relationships between the contemporary novel, poetry, visual culture, and photography. She has articles and reviews published or forthcoming with MFSMosaic, and the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies. She has also written for The Conversation, and is a Contributing Editor at ASAP/J, the open-access platform of the journal for the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present. She is also the co-organiser of Creative Dissonance, a CModS research strand for 2017/18.

She is currently completing her first monograph, Writing Against the Image: Intermediality and Aesthetic Experience in the Very Contemporary Novel, which interrogates the 21st-century novel's negative aesthetic experiences and what it looks like as it embraces visual culture and intemediality. Considering the work of a range of contemporary novelists, including Zadie Smith, Ben Lerner, Siri Hustvedt, Rachel Kushner, Jennifer Egan, Chris Kraus, and Teju Cole, the book is interested in how writers are increasingly seeking to raise ethical questions of representation and subjectivity. Spinning out of this monograph are two new book projects: Global Literature and Visual Culture and a collected edition of contemporary novelists on art, called The Curated Eye. All three projects show quite how voluble contemporary writers are on various forms of art; the need for new critical frameworks for responding to intermedial collaborations between writers and artists; and how these critical interludes allow writers to reflect back on their own creative practices.

A co-authored article on Ralph Ellison and Teju Cole's 'aesthetics of invisibility' was published in Mosaic in 2017, and an article on modernist street photography and gallery spaces was published in The Journal of Urban Cultural Studies in 2015.

Selected Publications

“Teju Cole and Ralph Ellison’s Aesthetics of Invisibility,” Mosaic (Forthcoming 2016).

Review of Bridges to Memory: Postmemory in Contemporary Ethnic American Women’s Fiction, by Maria Rice Bellamy, MFS (Forthcoming 2016).

“Imagine(d) Space: Experiencing the Urban Phenomena of the Gallery,” Journal of Urban Cultural Studies 2.3 (2015): 237–252.


Alexandra would welcome hearing from prospective doctoral students with interests in contemporary intermediality (music and visual culture), literary theory, born-digital texts (including Twitter/Instagram), and late-twentieth and early-twenty-first century global Anglophone literature.


Contact details

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

Tel: 44 1904 323347