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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'.


The Poets of the People's Journal : Newspaper Poetry in Victorian Scotland
Blair Kirstie
'"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, (2016)
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)
Children's literature and theology in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries
Blair Kirstie
Literature and Theology Vol 30, pp. 125-130, (2016)
"A very poetical town" : newspaper poetry and the working-class poet in Victorian Dundee
Blair Kirstie
Victorian Poetry Vol 52, pp. 89-110, (2014)
"Let the nightingales alone" : correspondence columns, the Scottish press, and the making of the working-class poet
Blair Kirstie
Victorian Periodicals Review Vol 47, pp. 188-207, (2014)

more publications


Piston, Pen & Press: Literary Cultures in the Industrial Workplace
Blair, Kirstie (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Jul-2018 - 30-Jun-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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