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Dr Kate Houlden
Senior Lecturer in English Literature


Kate's research focuses on the intersections between queer studies, materialist feminism and world-literature, with a specialism in Caribbean fiction. She is currently developing her next monograph,Queering World Literature and is a founder member of the international World Literature Network, as well as a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

For the 2022-3 academic year, she is on Athena Swan research leave for a project on 'Global Representations of Women’s Work'.

Kate obtained her AHRC-funded PhD from Queen Mary, University of London in 2010. She has previously held permanent lectureships at Anglia Ruskin and Liverpool John Moores Universities, and has also taught at the University of Surrey and Queen Mary University of London.


  • 2010: PhD in English, Queen Mary University of London
  • 2007: Distinction, MA Writing in the Modern Age, Queen Mary University of London
  • 2000: First Class, BA (Hons.) English Literature & Communications, University of Liverpool


Kate was Admissions Tutor for English 2021-2.

Newest selected publications

Houlden, K. (2023) 'John Hearne’s Voices Under The Window (1955) as World-Literary Text', in Kim, RW. (ed.) Revisiting John Hearne. University of the West Indies Press.

Book chapter

Houlden, K. (2023) 'Commodifying Care: Migrant Literature and Materialist Feminism', in Sudesh, M. and Caitlin, V. (eds.) Commodities and Literature. Cambridge University Press.

Book chapter

Houlden, K. (2022) ''It worked in a different way': Male same-sex desire in the novels of Abdulrazak Gurnah', in Olaussen, M. and Steiner, T. (eds.) Critical Perspectives on Abdulrazak Gurnah. London, UK : Routledge. pp. 1 - 19. ISBN 10: 1-003-28525-2. ISBN 13: 978-1-032-25839-3. Open Access Link

Book chapter

Houlden, K. (2020) 'Redefining the Boundaries: Black and Asian Queer Desire', in Nasta, S. and Stein, M. (eds.) The Cambridge History of Black and Asian British Writing.. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press. pp. 569 - 584. ISBN 10: 1107195446. ISBN 13: 978-1107195448.

Book chapter

Houlden, K. (2019) 'Narrative and Normative Disjuncture: A Queer World-Literary Reading of May-Lan Tan’s ‘Date Night’'. Wasafiri, 34 (2). pp. 3 - 9. ISSN: 0269-0055 Open Access Link

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