Professor Kirstie Blair


Personal statement

I moved to Strathclyde in August 2016, after working for the Universities of Stirling and Glasgow. My primary area of research is Victorian literature, particularly poetry and poetics, working-class writing, literature and religion, Scottish literature, and literature and medicine. I also research and teach in the field of children's literature from the nineteenth century to the present day. I have published two monographs on Victorian poetry, and edited or co-edited two essay collections, plus a variety of articles and book chapters. I am currently completing a monograph on working-class verse culture in Victorian Scotland, and have just edited an anthology of Scottish Victorian newspaper verse, The Poets of the People's Journal.


Cosmopolitanism and the Scottish working-class writer : John Parkinson/Yehya-en-Nasr and Islam in Ayrshire
Blair Kirstie
Studies in Scottish Literature Vol 48, pp. 71-82 (2022)
Excelsior! Inspirational verse, the Victorian working-class poet, and the case of Longfellow
Blair Kirstie
Victorian Poetry Vol 59 (2021)
Working Verse in Victorian Scotland : Poetry, Press, Community
Blair Kirstie
The Scottish nursery muse : Scottish poetry and the children's verse tradition in the Victorian period
Blair Kirstie
The Land of Storybooks Scottish Children's Literature in the Long Nineteenth Century (2019) (2019)
Dialect, region, class, work
Blair Kirstie
The Cambridge Companion to Victorian Women's Poetry (2019) (2019)
'Whose cry is Liberty, and Fatherland' : Kossuth, Garibaldi and European nationalism in Scottish political poetry
Blair Kirstie
Scottish Literary Review Vol 10, pp. 71-94 (2018)

More publications


The People’s Friend? Recovering Scottish Popular Magazine Culture (CDP)(Charlotte Lauder)
Blair, Kirstie (Principal Investigator) Goldie, David (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2022
Piston, Pen & Press: Literary Cultures in the Industrial Workplace
Blair, Kirstie (Principal Investigator) Betts, Oliver (Co-investigator)
Piston, Pen & Press: Literary Cultures in the Industrial Workplace from the Factory Acts to the First World War
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2023
Mutual Improvement Society Magazines and Victorian Periodical Culture
Blair, Kirstie (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2018
Glasgow Historic Literary Societies Online: Materials, Minute Books and Manuscipts, 1800-1914
Blair, Kirstie (Principal Investigator)
Glasgow Historic Literary Societies Online: A Bibliographic Database of Materials, Minute Books and Manuscript Magazines from Glasgow, Scotland, 1800-1914
01-Jan-2017 - 28-Jan-2018
Poetry, Song and Community in the Industrial City: Victorian Dundee (Erin Farley)
Blair, Kirstie (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2016 - 30-Jan-2018
Literary Cultures, Social Networks and the Victorian Railway Worker (Elizabeth Adams)
Blair, Kirstie (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2016 - 30-Jan-2022

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