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Dr Andrew Humphries

Senior Lecturer

School: Faculty of Education Undergraduate Programmes


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Profile summary

I am senior lecturer in Secondary English and Drama in the Faculty of Education and Progrfamme Director for the BA Education Studies. I have also worked for many years with Secondary adn Primary  trainee teachers and was Subject lead for English Secondary and Lead Tutor for the PGCE Enhanced Studies Module in which I taught a 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. At the university my research is largely in English literature and part of my teaching since 2008 has been in the Arts and Humanities Faculty where I supervise undergraduates  and doctoral students but have also taught on the MA programme. I also supervise  Doctoral students in the Faculty of Education.

Apart from my interest in literature and in drama education, I am also a professional viola player and still perform in recitals and chamber music concerts mainly in Kent.

I am also currently  external examiner for Liverpool John Moores University and before this was external examiner for Bishop Grossetete's University from 2010-2013.

Research and knowledge exchange

My research 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 am currently working on a co-editing book looking at Transport in British Fiction from the Second World War to the present day.

I am continuing to research, also, into 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 begun to teach on the Community Adult Education programme and currently offer for 2018 short courses on the Introduction to Drama: Greeks to the Present Day, and Literature of the Great War as well as two one-day courses on Shakespeare through Drama and The Beatles.

Teaching and subject expertise

My key areas of expertise are in English and Drama.

In my doctoral role and I am supervising the following thesis topics:

“‘The Ghosts Within Us”: A Study of Women Writers of Gothic Modernism.’ (Start date:  Jan 2015)

 ‘Examining Student Responses to Teaching Poetry at A Level’

 'The effects of daydreaming on creative exploration and understanding 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.’

'Examining how the organisation of society is portrayed in films about education, specifically through a Marcusian critical theory lens that explores whether such films encourage emancipation and individual awakening or merely confirmation of subjugation.'


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)

External activities

Conferences Organized and Research Projects

I was a member of the Arts and Humanities team of lecturers that set up the   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.

I organized with Adrienne gavin- ‘The Child in its Time: the Child in British Literatur International Conference’ – March 28-9 2009.  Canterbury Christ Church University.

Papers Presented since 2006 from most recent:


‘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.

‘The Reflective Teacher’: A Literary Approach.’  A 1 hour paper (with media) given to PGCE students in September 2010 and repeated in September 2011. Canterbury Christ Church University.

‘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 Child in Edwardian Literature’ English Literature Research Seminar Series, Canterbury ChristChurch University, December 2008. Dec 2008

 ‘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

Monograph: 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 ‘“[Tr]ains of Circumstantial Evidence”: Railway “Monomania” and Investigations of Gender in Lady Audley’s Secret (1862)’.  (expected 2018.)

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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