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Professor Jan Montefiore

Professor of 20th Century English Literature

School of English

Office: NC33


My recent research has mainly centred on the works of Rudyard Kipling. In addition to my book Rudyard Kipling (2007), I am general editor of Kipling titles for Penguin Classics,  for which I have edited The Man Who Would Be King and Other Stories (2011), and my edited book In Time’s Eye: Essays on Rudyard Kipling (Manchester University Press) has just appeared (2013). In June 2013, I became editor of the Kipling Journal.  I have directed three international conferences on Kipling’s work, all sponsored by the Kipling Society:  the conference marking the centenary of Kipling’s award of the Nobel Prize in 1907  at Kent University (September 2007),  the conference ‘Rudyard Kipling as an International Writer’ at the Institute of Advanced Studies at London University (October 2011), and most recently the symposium ‘Rudyard Kipling in America’ at Marlboro College, Vermont (October 2013   As well as Kipling studies I retain my long-standing interest in gender studies, in women’s poetry and in mid 20th century writing.  I have handed over the Directorship of the Centre for Gender, Sexuality and Writing to Dr Cregan-Reid and Dr Cox, but I continue to research on this area, most recently working on  Sylvia Townsend Warner, on W.H.Auden and on women’s poetry, including feminism and poetry in post-war Britain.

Research Supervision

As I am now semi-retired, I am not taking on new Ph Ds; but I am happy to be consulted by Kent postgraduate students working in any of the above areas.

Professional Activities

I am a Council member of the Kipling Society, for which I edit the quarterly  Kipling Journal.  I am also a member of the  W.H. Auden Society, and the Sylvia Townsend Warner Society. I am consultant on women’s poetry and poetics for Liverpool University Press, and a member of the editorial board of the US-based journal The Space Between: Literature and Culture, 1914-1945.

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Selected Publications


In Time’s Eye: Essays on Rudyard Kipling (edited and introduced), (Manchester University Press, 2013).

Rudyard Kipling 'The Man Who Would be King and other stories' edited and introduced by Jan Montefiore, Penguin  Classics, 2011. Series editor for Kipling titles published by Penguin Classics in 2011: 'Plain Tales from the Hills' ed. Kaori Nagai, Just-So Stories ed. Judith Plotz, 'Kim' ed. Harish Trivedi, and the forthcoming 'Jungle Books' ed. Kaori Nagai.

Feminism and Poetry: Language, Experience, Identity in Women’s Writing (1987; 3rd edition revised and enlarged, Rivers Oram Pandora, 2004)

Men and Women Writers of the 1930s: The Dangerous Flood of History (Routledge, 1996)

Arguments of Heart and Mind: Selected Essays 1978-2000 (Manchester University  Press, 2002)

Rudyard Kipling (Northcote House ‘Writers and Their Work’, 2007).

Introduction to Rudyard Kipling Something of Myself, Wordsworth Classics, 2008.

Guest Editor:

Paragraph 21.3 (1998), special issue on ‘Maternity’.

(with Nicky Hallett) Journal of European Studies (125-6, 2002), special issue on ‘Lives and Letters’.

(with David Page) Supplementary issue of Kipling Journal no.325 (March 2008) publishing selected papers from the September 2007 Kipling conference: April 2008 (forthcoming)

Some Recent Chapters and Articles:

‘Auden Amongst Women’ in Anthony.Sharpe ed. W. H. Auden in Context, (Cambridge University Press, 2013), pp. 107-117

‘Englands ancient and modern:  Sylvia Townsend Warner, T.H.White and the Fictions of Medieval Englishness’, Intermodernisms ed. Kristin Bluemel, Edinburgh University Press 2009

‘Q.D.Leavis: a conversation’: interview with Kate Varney, daughter of F.R. and Q.D.Leavis in Women: a cultural review, summer 2008

 ‘Sylvia Townsend Warner and the biographer’s moral sense’, Journal of the Sylvia Townsend Warner Society, 2003

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Last Updated: 20/12/2013