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Dr Kim Salmons

Programme Director - Foundation Year

About Research

Dr Kim Salmons gained her PhD from St Mary’s (University of Surrey) in 2015 on ‘The Representation of Food in Modern Literature: Thomas Hardy and Joseph Conrad’ and has published and spoken widely on the subject of food in literature. She runs the Foundation Year Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences at St Mary’s and teaches the 20th Century Literature module on the English Programme.

In 2017, Dr Salmons released 'Food in the Novels of Joseph Conrad: Eating as Narrative'. This monograph provides a detailed historical contextualisation of food and food related events that correspond with and form the sociological, political and anthropological basis of Conrad’s work. Her latest paper, ‘“Without Phosphorus there is no thought”: The Importance of a Good Diet in “Amy Foster”’ was presented at the 2018 Joseph Conrad International Conference at Writtle University College. She is currently working on a monograph about soil and terrain in Conrad’s work.

Dr Salmons is the Conference Secretary for the Joseph Conrad Society (UK) and the Book Review Editor for Joseph Conrad Today, the journal of the Joseph Conrad Society of America. She also assisted on the New Cambridge Companion to Joseph Conrad, edited by J. H. Stape (2015).


Research

Dr Kim Salmons is the Programme Director for the Foundation Year Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences at St Mary’s University, where she also and teaches on the English Literature Programme. She completed her PhD on food and modern literature in 2015 under the supervision of Professor Allan Simmons and Professor Laurence Davies. She has published two books: ‘Food in the Novels of Joseph Conrad: Eating as Narrative’ and ‘Food in the Novels of Thomas Hardy: Production and Consumption’, both were published this year by Palgrave Macmillan.

Monographs

  • Food in the Novels of Joseph Conrad: Eating as Narrative. Published by Palgrave MacMillan, July 2017.
  • Food in the Novels of Thomas Hardy: Production and Consumption. Published by Palgrave MacMillan, September 2017.

Chapters in collected editions

  • ‘Taste in the Modern Novel’ in Affecting Tastes: Atmospheres that Shape How We Eat. London: Routledge, April 2018

Journal articles

  • ‘Cannibalism and The Greely Arctic Expedition: A New Source for Conrad’s “Falk”.’ Published in Short Story Criticism 189 (2014). Edited by Lawrence J. Trudeau. Farmington Hills MI: Gale, Cengage Learning.
  • ‘Anarchic Appetites: Vegetarianism in The Secret Agent’ in The Conradian, 37.2, Autumn 2012.
  • ‘Cannibalism and The Greely Expedition: A New Source for Conrad’s “Falk”.’ Published in The Conradian, Spring 2011, 36.1 

Academic conference papers

  • July 2016: ‘“Railway Time”: Representations of the Train in the Early Fiction of Joseph Conrad’. Joseph Conrad International Conference, Edinburgh Napier University.
  • March 2016: ‘“FEAST”: Modern day Slavery at St Mary’s University, Twickenham
  • July 2015: ‘Food as Cultural Narrative in Joseph Conrad’s Almayer’s Folly. International Conference of the Joseph Conrad Society, UK, held at POSK, London.
  • June 2015: ‘Coffee, Tea and Biscuits: Hierarchies of Food in Joseph Conrad’s The Nigger of the ‘Narcissus’’ at ‘Eating as Narrative’ conference at King’s College, University of London.
  • April 2015. ‘The Rise and Fall of the Corn King: Thomas Hardy’s The Mayor of Casterbridge’ at ‘Digesting Modernity: An Interdisciplinary Study of Food’ held at St Mary’s University.
  • March 2015: ‘Cannibalism and The Greely Arctic Expedition: A New Source for Conrad’s “Falk”’ at the British Library, Symposium on the Arctic.
  • February 2015: ‘The Rise and Fall of the Corn King: Thomas Hardy’s The Mayor of Casterbridge’ at St Mary’s Research Seminar Series.
  • May 2014: ‘Funeral Baked Meats: The Coffin Pie in Hamlet and Ulysses at ‘Tasting Modernism’ Conference, Leuven University, Belgium.
  • July 2013: ‘The Three Culinary Lives of Joseph Conrad’ at the International Conference of the Joseph Conrad Society, UK, held at University of Roma, Italy.
  • February 2013: ‘Anarchic Appetites: Vegetarianism in Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent’ (invited as a speaker to attend a Research Seminar Series at Napier University, Edinburgh.
  • July 2012: ‘An Insubstantial Diet: Bread and Liberty in Joseph Conrad’s Under Western Eyes at the International Conference of the Joseph Conrad Society, UK, held at Bath Spa University, Bath, UK.

Academic reviews

  • Virginia Woolf and The Politics of Language in The Virginia Woolf Bulletin of Great Britain, Issue No. 36, January 2011
  • Review of Virginia Woolf, Fashion and Literary Modernity by R. S. Koppen in The Virginia Woolf Bulletin of Great Britain, Issue No. 35, September 2010
  • Virginia Woolf’s Bloomsbury, Vol 2 in The Virginia Woolf Bulletin of Great Britain, Issue No. 35, September 2010.
  • Numerous TV and Radio Previews in the Observer Newspaper; Article on ‘The Brilliant Club’ in the Times August 2013.

Academic conference papers (ADD THE FOLLOWING TO THE EXISTING LIST)                 

  • July 2018: ‘“Without Phosphorus, there is no thought”: The Importance of a Good Diet in ‘Amy Foster’”. Joseph Conrad International Conference, Writtle University College, Chelmsford
  • November 2017: ‘Coffee, Tea and Biscuits: Hierarchies of Food in Joseph Conrad’s The Nigger of the ‘Narcissus’’ at ‘Transgressive Appetites’ conference at Chieti University, Pescara Italy.

Conferences organised

  • March 2016 ‘“FEAST”’: Modern Day Slavery in the Food Supply Chain’ St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London.
  • April 2015. ‘Digesting Modernity: An Interdisciplinary Study of Food’ held at St Mary’s University. The conference was one day and included speakers from Italy, France, Ireland and Liverpool.