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Professor Kirstie Blair

Head Of School

School of Humanities

Personal statement

I moved to Strathclyde in August 2016 after seven years at the University of Glasgow as lecturer and Senior Lecturer, following by three years as a Chair at the University of Stirling. My main research expertise is in Victorian literature and culture, particularly poetry and poetics, Scottish Victorian popular culture and literature, working-class writing, literature and religion, and literature and medicine. I also have growing research and teaching interests in children's literature from the nineteenth century to the present day.

In 2015-16 I was awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship to complete a monograph on Working Verse in Victorian Scotland: Poetry, Press, Community. I have recently completed an anthology of Scottish Victorian newspaper verse, The Poets of the People's Journal: Newspaper Poetry in Victorian Scotland (Glasgow: ASLS, 2016), and am currently CI on a Carnegie Collaborative Research Grant with the University of Glasgow, 'The People's Voice: Political Poetry, Song and the Franchise, 1832-1918'.


Advertising poetry, the working-class poet, and the victorian newspaper press
Blair Kirstie
Journal of Victorian Culture Vol 23, pp. 103-118, (2018)
'"We may not know, we cannot tell" : Religion and reserve in Victorian children's poetics
Blair Kirstie
The Aesthetics of Children's PoetryStudies in Childhood, 1700 to the Present, (2018)
Dialect, region, class, work
Blair Kirstie
The Cambridge Companion to Victorian Women's PoetryCambridge Companions to Literature, (2017)
The influence of the Oxford Movement on poetry and fiction
Blair Kirstie
The Oxford Handbook of the Oxford MovementThe Oxford Handbook of the Oxford Movement, (2017)
The Poets of the People's Journal : Newspaper Poetry in Victorian Scotland
Blair Kirstie
The mood of the golden age : paganism, ecotheology and the wild woods in L.M. Montgomery’s Anne and Emily series
Blair Kirstie, Thompson William V.
Literature and Theology Vol 30, pp. 131-147, (2016)

more publications


The People’s Friend? Recovering Scottish Popular Magazine Culture (CDP)
Blair, Kirstie (Principal Investigator) Goldie, David (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2018 - 30-Sep-2022
Piston, Pen & Press: Literary Cultures in the Industrial Workplace
Blair, Kirstie (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Sep-2018 - 31-Aug-2021
Mutual Improvement Society Magazines and Victorian Periodical Culture
Blair, Kirstie (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Jan-2018 - 30-Jun-2018
Literary Cultures, Social Networks and the Victorian Railway Worker (Elizabeth Adams)
Blair, Kirstie (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2016 - 30-Sep-2020
Poetry, Song and Community in the Industrial City: Victorian Dundee (Erin Farley)
Blair, Kirstie (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2016 - 30-Sep-2018
Glasgow Historic Literary Societies Online: Materials, Minute Books and Manuscipts, 1800-1914
Blair, Kirstie (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Sep-2017 - 28-Feb-2018

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