Kerry joined the English & Creative Writing Subject Area at Newman in September 2011. Before joining Newman, she worked as an Associate Lecturer at University of Portsmouth and a Temporary Lecturer in English at University of Southampton. She has a BA(hons) and a MA in Modern and Contemporary Literature from Loughborough University and was awarded a PhD from University of Southampton in 2011. Her research specialism is Post-war and Contemporary Women’s Writing and she is currently Membership Secretary for the Contemporary Women’s Writing Association and a volume editor for The Literary Encyclopedia.
Kerry has published on Doris Lessing, R. D. Laing and anti-psychiatry; sex and censorship in post-war women’s writing; and post-war literature and food. She is currently working on the post-war writer Penelope Mortimer, as well as contemporary women’s short fiction and the short story cycle form.
Kerry has taught undergraduate modules in the novel, poetry, drama, critical theory, contemporary literature, gender, queer theory and postcolonial literature, as well as modules on study skills and employability. She also supervises postgraduate research and welcomes enquiries from MRes and PhD students working in the following areas: Doris Lessing; post-war and/or contemporary women’s writing; feminist and/or queer theory; women’s writing and mental illness; contemporary women’s short fiction; the body in contemporary literature and popular culture; contemporary reading practices.
Membership of Professional Organisations
Conference Addresses and Papers
Myler, K. (Sept 2019, forthcoming) ‘“She knows it is all a load of old socks”: Doris Lessing, anti-psychiatry and bodies that matter’, Twentieth-Century Literature.Myler, K. (2018) ‘Food, Duty and Desire in the Women’s Novel in the 1960s’, in Piatti-Farnell, L. and Lee Brien, D. (eds) The Routledge Companion of Literature and Food. New York: Routledge, pp. 66-75.
Myler, K. (2017) ‘Sex, Censorship and Identity’, in Hanson, C., and Watkins, S. (eds) The History of British Women’s Writing, Vol IX, 1945-1975. London: Palgrave, pp. 108-123.
Myler, K. (2015) ‘Robert Rubenstein’s Literary Half-Lives’, Contemporary Women’s Writing 9.2, pp. 305-307. [Book Review]
Myler, K. (2013) ‘“Something New”: Madness and Mothering in Doris Lessing’s The Four-Gated City’, Doris Lessing Studies 31.1&2, pp. 15-20.
Myler, K. (2011) ‘You can’t judge a book by its coverage: the body that writes and the television book club’, in Ramone, J., and Cousins, H. (eds) The Richard & Judy Book Club Reader: Popular Texts and the Practices of Reading, Farnham: Ashgate, pp. 85-107.