Kiron Ward

Kiron Ward


  • KY16 9AL

    United Kingdom

Personal profile


Following a very brief career in English local government, Kiron undertook a PhD on modernist and contemporary literature at the University of Sussex. Since then, he has worked at the Universities of East Anglia, Sussex, Copenhagen, Birmingham, and Essex. Kiron joined St Andrews in 2022.

Teaching activity


EN2004 Drama: Reading and Performance

EN3220 Queer It! Introducing Queer Literature and Theory

EN4398 + ID4002 Short Dissertation & School Placement

EN4399 Dissertation in English

EN4437 US Fiction 1950-2000: Postmodernism and Beyond

MLitt in Modern and Contemporary Literatures and Culture

MLitt in Women, Writing, and Gender (co-director)

Research overview

Kiron researches modern and contemporary literatures, and has a background in hemispheric American Studies. He is especially interested in encyclopaedism, totality, epistemic injustice, and literary aesthetics; his work draws particularly, but not exclusively, on 20th and 21st Century British, Irish, North American, Caribbean, and Latinx fiction.

Kiron's forthcoming  monograph, Encyclopaedism and Totality in Contemporary Fiction (Bloomsbury), focuses on the relationship between literature and totality, particularly as it pertains to questions of epistemic violence and injustice, and looks particularly at the work of Don DeLillo, Leslie Marmon Silko, Roberto Bolaño, Karen Tei Yamashita, Olga Tokarczuk, Thomas King, and Lucy Ellmann. Kiron's previous publications include two special issues on James Joyce, Encyclopedia Joyce (James Joyce Quarterly 55.1-2; with James Blackwell Phelan) and James Joyce's Ulysses at 100 (Textual Practice 26.2; with E. Paige Miller), and one edited collection, Don DeLillo: Contemporary Critical Perspectives (Bloomsbury; with Katherine Da Cunha Lewin).

Kiron's future research projects look to global modernist studies and plantation studies.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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