Dr. Katharine Cox 




Head of the Department for Humanities

School: Cardiff School of Education
E-mail: kcox@cardiffmet.ac.uk
Telephone:   029 2020 7146
Room No: C205


Research Groups:
• Pedagogy And Andragogy Research Group (PARG)
• Arts And Humanities Research Group (AHRG)

• UK Modern Fiction Network

Research Interests:
• Contemporary fiction, especially the writings of Jeanette Winterson, Philip Pullman, Peter Ackroyd and Iain Banks
• Space and place in contemporary fiction
• Detective fiction
• Psychogeography
• The city and the urban



Peer refereed journals:
Cox, K., Fimi, D., Jordan, S. and North, K. (2011) 'Literary Walks: Exploring Cardiff Bay (UK) through E-Learning'. Proceedings of the Annual International Conference on Education & e-Learning. N.p.: Global Science and Technology Forum (GSTF) pp. 171-176. Available: http://dl.globalstf.org/

Cox, K. (2008) "I was in the red forest and she was leading me home" (Winterson 1988, 129): Representations of the Maze and the Labyrinth in Jeanette Winterson's The Passion. Critical Engagements ed. Philip Tew (Summer) 2:1 pp. 111-136

Cox, K. (2006) "'What has made me?' Locating Mother in the Textual Labyrinth of Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves." Critical Survey XVIII, I

Books / Book chapters:
Cox, K. (2011)“Imagine Dust with a capital letter” (NL 22; HDM 16): Interpreting the Social and Cultural Contexts for Philip Pullman’s Transformation of Dust in His Dark Materials. In Critical Perspectives on Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" Barfield, S and Cox, K. (eds.) Jefferson: McFarland http://www.mcfarlandpub.com/book-2.php?id=978-0-7864-4030-6

Cox, K. (2011) “Introduction.” In Critical Perspectives on Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" Barfield, S and Cox, K. (eds.) Jefferson: McFarland

Barfield, S. and Cox, K. (2011) Critical Perspectives on Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" Jefferson: McFarland

Cox, K. (2010) "Critical Approaches: Poststructuralism and Postmodernism" Post-War British Literature Handbook, Katharine Cockin and Jago Morrison (eds.) London, Continuum

Cox, K. (2009) "Knotting up the Cat's Cradle: Exploring Time and Space in Winterson's novels" Winterson Narrating Time and Space Sönmez, M. and Özyurt Kiliç, M. (eds.) Cambridge, Cambridge Scholars (Amazon Link)

Conference papers:
Cox, K., Fimi, D., Jordan, S. and North, K. (2011) 'Literary Walks: Exploring Cardiff Bay (UK) through E-Learning'. Education & e-Learning Conference Singapore. Global Science and Technology Forum (GSTF) Singapore. [presented by K. Cox] 8/11/11 http://dl.globalstf.org/

Cox, K., Fimi, D. and North, K. (2011) "Literary Tourism: Exploring Cardiff" Critical Tourism Studies Conference IV: Cardiff (UWIC) 6/7/11

Cox, K. (2011) Invited keynote, paper: ““They say that every snowflake is different” (1987: 43): The wonder of nature and the importance of ecology in Jeanette Winterson’s writing.” Jeanette Winterson: A Critical Exploration Leeds University 5/7/11

PHOBIA: Constructing the Phenomenology of Chronic Fear, 1789 to the Present (Glamorgan): "We are all haunted houses" (H.D., 1995:146): spatial phobia and the threat to textual integrity in Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves (2000). 9/05/09

Women Writing Space: Representations of Gender and Space in post - 1850 British Women's Writing (Warwick): Queering the Maze: Representations of Gendered Space in Jeanette Winterson's The Passion (1987). 7/3/09

"In Transit": Literature on the Move: "Every new beginning prompts a return" (Winterson, 2004: 209): The journey as 'leitmotif' in Jeanette Winterson's oevre. 20/05/07

Bridging Fantasies: The Writing of Iain (M.) Banks (University of Westminster) Co-organiser, host, chair 2/09/06

"Mentoring: The ITT/CPD Interface" Yorkshire and Humber ITT Partnership Conference (Wakefield) Co-presented keynote address with Shirley Jackson (University of Hull) 24/06/05

Near and Dear - Gender, Generation and Genealogy: Friends and Family Figures in Contemporary Fiction (University of Hull) Delegate: presented "'What has made me?' Mother as Text in Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves" 14/05/05

Hystorical Fictions: Women, History and Authorship International Women's Conference Swansea. Presented paper and submitted article for consideration "'The future is foretold from the past and the future is only possible because of the past' Jeanette Winterson's Labyrinthine Reconstruction of the Past"; submitted for consideration 3/08/03

European Intertexts Fourth Annual International Conference (University of Naples) "Navigating The Passion: Jeanette Winterson's Labyrinthine Reconstruction of the Past" 3/06/03

Professional / non-refereed publications:
Cox, K. (2009) "Wild Words" in "The Spaces In Between" .Cent Spring/Summer, Issue 13, 2009 pp. 96-99

Cox, K. (2008) "Reading like a child" .Cent Spring/Summer, Issue 11, 2008

Referred website publications
Cox, K. (2007) "Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit" "Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit" The Literary Encyclopedia 24 April 2007 http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=3015

Cox, K. (2007) "The Passion" "The Passion" The Literary Encyclopedia 24 April 2007 http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=7346

Cox, K. (2007) "House of Leaves" "House of Leaves" 16 April 2007 The Literary Encyclopedia http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=21636

Cox, K. (2007) "Mark Z. Danielewski" 16 April 2007 The Literary Encyclopedia http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=11790

Cox, K. (2005) "Jeanette Winterson" The Literary Encyclopedia 26 August 2005 http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=4764

Barfield, S. and Cox, K. (2005) "Philip Pullman" The Literary Encyclopedia 25 July 2005 (revised and updated entry with Steven Barfield, University of Westminster)http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=5064 


Dr Katharine Cox joined Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2006 having completed her PhD at the University of Hull. Katharine's PhD thesis examined the significance of the maze and labyrinth in contemporary fiction, connecting narrative complexity with early archaeological and literary examples. She’s currently working on a monograph based on this earlier research.

After becoming Head of Department in 2009, Katharine has worked to develop the distinctiveness of the programmes available in Humanities. This includes the consolidation of the English programmes, embedding of the employability focus across the degrees and identifying and working with relevant stakeholders to ensure the currency of the programmes.

Katharine’s research interests feed into the research group, Narratives, Identities and Place, which has a thematic focus across a variety of disciplines. In particular, the group is working with external partners to draw upon the literary significance of the city of Cardiff (see research publications).

She's currently completing an edited collection on the work of Iain M. Banks and hopes then to return to an interest in the writing of Jeanette Winterson. She welcomes PhD candidates in her fields of research interest or teaching as outlined on this webpage.


External Links

• Book Reviews Editor - Critical Engagements: A Journal of Criticism and Theory



Further Information

Current teaching interests:
• Detective Fiction
• Literary Transformations
• Critical Practice
• The City: Identity, Sexuality and Space