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Dr Andrew Humphries

Senior Lecturer

School: Faculty of Education Undergraduate Programmes

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 923114

Profile summary

I am now  senior lecturer part-time and a doctoral supervisor of English Literature PhD and Education EdD students, as well as module lead for Education Studies BA and supervisor of English Literature final year dissertation students. Working at Canterbury Christ Church University for 18 years, I have been for most of that time a senior lecturer of Secondary English and Drama in the Faculty of Education and  a more recently Programme Director for the BA Education Studies. I have also worked for many years with Secondary and Primary  trainee teachers and was the Subject lead for English Secondary and Lead Tutor for the PGCE Enhanced Studies Module in which I taught my own  module 'Shakespeare through drama'. Before joining Canterbury Christ Church University I worked in Secondary and Primary schools in Kent and London, being a Head of Drama and twice a Head of English and since leaving the Cambridge University and a post-graduate study at the Guidhall School of Music and Drama in 1985, I have continued to work professionally as a freelance musician both in London and in Kent. At the university my research and publication is wholly in English literature and part of my teaching in conjunction with this since 2008 has been in the Arts and Humanities Faculty  supervising undergraduates, postgraduates  and doctoral students . I also supervise  Doctoral students in the Faculty of Education particularly though not exclusively in topics related to the study adn teaching of English.


As an examiner I have recently been Internal examiner for a doctoral student of Education (March 2020) and have been an External Examiner  for Liverpool John Moores University (2015-19) and  for Bishop Grossetete's University from 2010-2013.

Research and knowledge exchange

My research and publication is mainly in modernist English literature with a particular interest in D. H. Lawrence's works but I have also presented papers and chapters on Victorian literature and have a particular interest in theatre and drama in performance and drama in education.

I have had a monograph book D.H. Lawrence, Transport and Cultural Transition: 'A great sense of journeying' publihsed with Palgrave (2017) and am currently working on a chapter about Dorothy Richardson and working on a  co-editing sequel book to my Transport in British Fiction 1840-1940 with Adrienne Gavin, which will  look at Transport in British Fiction from the Second World War to the present day.

I am continuing to research, also, into other aspects of transport and technology in literature and also looking at the representations of child and childhood in literature.

My other areas of specialism within my role in the Education Faculty include organizing World War One battlefields trips for students and setting up a programme of Shakespeare Drama workshops for trainee teachers and lecturers.

I have also taught on other interest areas for the recently disbanded CCCU Community Adult Education programme offering courses on Shakespeare and drama, World War One literature and The Beatles.

Teaching and subject expertise

My key areas of expertise are in English and Drama.

In my doctoral role and I have supervising the following thesis topics since 2014:

“‘The Ghosts Within Us”: A Study of Women Writers of Gothic Modernism.’ 

 ‘Examining Student Responses to Teaching Romantic Poetry at A Level’

 'The effects of daydreaming on creative and personal exploration of English literary texts.'

How do teachers feel about expressing their spirituality in the workplace?’ An interpretative phenomenological analysis of professional educators ‘spiritual expression in primary schools.’

  ‘Education Movies and the promotion of one dimensional thinking: A Marcusean Examination of Films Made between 2005 and 2017’.

External Memberships:

NATE (National Association for the Teaching of English)

IRSCL- (International Research Society for the Study of Children's Literature)

BAMS- (British Association for Modernism Studies)

T2M- (Transport Traffic and Mobility- including the Journal of Transport History)

D H Lawrence Society

External activities

Conferences Organized and Research Projects

   Gates to the Glorious and the Unknown digital research project for the Being Human festival (2015) which follows a woman, Lucy, on a train journey from Victorian London in 1862 to Margate and Eliot's The Waste Land in 1922.

A Game at Chess Research Conference and Staged Read-Through Performance. With Dr. Steve Orman and Professor Jackie Eales. Canterbury Christ Church University – July 4 2015. (Arts and Humanities Faculty) HEIF KE Small Awards for Arts and Humanities (CCCU) and ACE (Arts Council England), the Society for Renaissance Studies, and the Royal Historical Society funding.

Organizer with Adrienne Gavin- ‘The Child in its Time: the Child in British Literature International Conference’ – March 28-9 2009.  Canterbury Christ Church University.

Papers Presented since 2006 from most recent:


‘We have died and live again.  How can that be the same life? ’Transport, Liminality and Grieving in the Post-War fiction of Katherine Mansfield.’ IVWWC Reassessing Women’s Writing of the 1920s and 1930s. Canterbury Christ Church University. 16-17 July 2018. 

‘“These moving layers”: Place, otherness and intersections of old and new in D. H. Lawrence’s novel Kangaroo’ Arts and Humanities Faculty Conference. Canterbury Christ Church University 30 May 2018.

‘All the landscape is on pilgrimage’ (‘The Horizon’). Nature and the Catholic perspective in Alice Meynell’s fin de siècle poetry and journalism. From Brontë to Bloomsbury Third International Conference: Reassessing Women’s Writing of the 1880s and 1890s, Canterbury Christ Church University July 25-6, 2016.

‘“[Tr]ains of Circumstantial Evidence”: Railway “Monomania” and Investigations of Gender in Lady Audley’s Secret (1862)’. From Brontë to Bloomsbury Second International Conference: Reassessing Women’s Writing of the 1860s and 1870s, Canterbury Christ Church University July 5-6, 2015.

‘“The ‘innocent child in the midst”: fin-de-siècle ambivalence about the Victorian family and ‘modern’ childhood in Henry James’s What Maisie Knew (1897) and The Turn of the Screw (1898).’  Victorian Modernities Conference at University of Kent on June 27-9, 2015.

‘Seen and not heard: Dissenting Voices and Resistant Attitudes—Shifting Childhood Perspectives in Butler, Wells and Forster’. Childhood in its Time: The Child in British Literature International Conference at Canterbury Christ Church University. March 28-9, 2009.

 ‘The Relationship Between Technology and the Supernatural in Kipling’s Traffics and Discoveries’ -The Kipling Conference–University of Kent September 7-8 2007.

 ‘Transport and Technological Mobility in D.H. Lawrence’s The White Peacock.’ The Edwardians Conference –University of Hertfordshire July 23-24 2006.

Publications and research outputs

"'Trains of Circumstantial Evidence': Railway 'Monomania' and Investigations of Gender in Lady Audley's Secret". British Women's Writing from Bronte to Bloomsbury, 1840-1940, Vol. 2, Adrienne E. Gavin and Carolyn W. de la L. Oulton (Eds). Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2020.

Monograph book: D. H. Lawrence, Transport and Cultural Transition: “A Great sense of journeying”. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2017.

Edited book: Gavin, A. E. and Andrew F. Humphries. Transport in British Fiction: Technologies of Movement, 1840-1940. Palgrave, 2015.

Essay: Gavin, A. E. and Andrew F. Humphries. Introduction. ‘The Transports of Fiction: 1840-1940: An Introduction.’ Transport in British Fiction: Technologies of Movement, 1840-1940. Eds. A. E. Gavin and A. F. Humphries. Palgrave, 2015.

Essay: ‘“This Frightful War:” Trains as Settings of Disturbance and Dislocation in the First-World-War Fiction of D. H. Lawrence and Katherine Mansfield.’ Transport in British Fiction: Technologies of Movement, 1840-1940. Eds. A. E. Gavin and A. F. Humphries.  Palgrave, 2015.

Essay: ‘From the Enchanted Garden to the Steps of my Father’s House: The Dissentient Child in Early Twentieth-Century British Fiction’ The Child in British Literature: Literary Constructions of Childhood Medieval to Contemporary. Ed. A. E. Gavin. Palgrave, 2012.

Essay:  ‘‘‘A stranger slowly taking shape’: Questions of Identity and Identification in Robert Cormier’s After the First Death and Heroes.’ Robert Cormier New Casebooks. Ed. A. E. Gavin.  Palgrave  2012.

Award-winning edited book:  Gavin, Adrienne E. and Andrew F. Humphries, ed. Childhood in Edwardian Fiction: Worlds Enough and Time. Palgrave, 2009.

Essay: ‘Separated Lives and Discordant Homes: The Otherness of Childhood in D. H. Lawrence’s Edwardian Fiction.’ Childhood in Edwardian Fiction: Worlds Enough and Time. Eds. A. E. Gavin and A. F. Humphries.  Palgrave, 2009.

 Forthcoming Essay '" Supposing I were able to go anywhere on this page..." Transport in Dorothy Richardson's Pilgrimage and the topology of feamle mobility and space. (expected 2019)


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