Dr Katherine Baxter

Tel: (852) 2241 5141
E-mail: baxterkihkucc.hku.hk
Office: Room 110, Main Building

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Katherine Baxter took her first degree in English Literature and Classical Hebrew at the University of Glasgow, where she also completed her Ph.D. in early 20th-century Modernism. Following her Ph.D. she held various positions including Research Assistant to Poet Laureate, Professor Andrew Motion, and posts in the departments of Manuscripts and U.S. Collections at the British Library. Her research and publications have predominantly been in the field of Conrad Studies, and in 2004 she was honored by the Joseph Conrad Society of America with the Bruce Harkness Young Conrad Scholar Award.

Her other main area of research interest is 20th century and contemporary literature from and about West Africa, and in particular, the interplay between literature and policy during the late colonial and early postcolonial period.

Her teaching has encompassed a broad range of literature and theory, from Shakespeare through to contemporary travel writing, and she has also taught research and writing skills, creative writing, and project management in Communications.

Courses taught in 2010-11:

ENGL2074 Postcolonial Readings
ENGL2128 Modernism




Joseph Conrad and the Swan Song of Romance. Ashgate. 2010. Forthcoming.

Reviews and Criticism of Joseph Conrad: The Late Fiction, 1920-1925, eds. Katherine Baxter and Mary Burgoyne. Rodopi. Forthcoming.

Conrad and the Performing Arts, eds. Katherine Baxter and Richard J. Hand. Ashgate. 2009.

Scholarly Editions:

Conrad, Joseph. Plays. eds. Katherine Baxter and Richard J. Hand, Cambridge Edition of the Works of Joseph Conrad. Forthcoming.

Contributing Editor, Cambridge Edition of the Works of Joseph Conrad.

Articles and Chapters:

'The Bang-Bang Club: Vocalizing the Trauma of Photography' in Trauma, Resistance, Reconstruction in Post-1994 South African Writing. eds. Jaspal K. Singh and Rajendra Chetty, Peter Lang. 2010. Forthcoming.

'Uzodinma Iweala', Encyclopedia of Contemporary Fiction, Facts on File. 2009. Forthcoming.

'Conrad and McClure's Magazine', Conradiana. 41.2 (2009). Forthcoming. Invited contribution.

'Conrad: Chronology of Composition and Publication' in Conrad in Context. ed. Allan Simmons, Cambridge University Press. 2009. Forthcoming.

'Lord Jim: A Character in Search of a Plot' in Reimagining the Victorian Orient, special edition of Critical Survey 21.1 (2009). 105-119. Forthcoming.

'Chance, Gender and Laughter' in L'Epoque Conradienne. 34 (2008) 75-82.

'Introduction' (with Richard J. Hand) in Conrad and the Performing Arts.

'Conrad and Shakespeare' in Conrad and the Performing Arts.

'Soyinka, Walcott, and Modernist Circulations of African Aesthetics' in Origins of Literary Modernism, 1870-1914. ed. Gregory F. Tague, Academica Press. 2008.

'Fleshing Out the Bones: Two New Manuscript Leaves of "Falk"', The Conradian. 31.2 (2006) 103-13.

'Conrad's Application to the British Museum: An Unpublished Letter', The Conradian. 31.2 (2006) 79-84. Invited contribution.

'The Rescue Synopsis: A Transcription and Commentary', The Conradian. 31.1 (2006) 117-27. Invited contribution.

'Conrad's Revelations of Solitude' in Beyond the Roots: The Evolution of Conrad's Ideology and Art. ed. Wieslaw Krajka. Conrad Eastern and Western Perspectives, Vol. 14. Columbia University Press. 2005. 337-55.

'American Journals and Magazines in the Arts and Humanities at the British Library', Resources for American Studies. 58 (2005) 18-21.

'The Strange Spaces of The Rescue', The Conradian. 29.1 (2004) 64-83.


Reading, Publishing and the Formation of Literary Taste in England, 1880-1914 by Mary Hammond, English Literature in Transition 1880-1920. 51.2 (2008) 235-38.

Modernism: A Cultural History by Tim Armstrong, Notes and Queries. 53.4 (2006) 580-81.

The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad: Volume 7 eds. Laurence Davies and J.H. Stape, English Literature in Transition 1880-1920. 49.4 (2006) 452-55.

E.M. Forster's Modernism by David Medalie, Notes and Queries. 53.1 (2006) 127-28.

The Cambridge History of Twentieth Century English Literature eds. Laura Marcus and Peter Nicholls, English Literature in Transition 1880-1920. 49.2 (2006) 225-28.

Joseph Conrad and Popular Culture by Stephen Donovan, The Joseph Conrad Society Website: www.josephconradsociety.org.

Ritual Unbound: Reading Sacrifice in Modernist Fiction by Thomas Cousineau, English Literature in Transition 1880-1920. 48.4 (2005) 492-95.

Weldon Kees and the Arts at Midcentury ed. Daniel A. Siedell, Journal of American Studies. 39 (2005) 345-46.

Current Projects
Imagined States: Law and Literature during Nigerian Decolonization.


Last updated: 24 June 2010