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Dr Alex Besley

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Dr. Alex Belsey is a Visiting Research Fellow in the Centre for Life-writing Research at King’s College London, specializing in the study of diaries, journals, and experimental forms of auto/biography.

His doctoral thesis, completed in 2015 at King’s College London and part-funded by the AHRC-LAHP, examined the journal of the British painter Keith Vaughan (1912-77) and its strategies of self-analysis and self-construction of identity. He is currently preparing the monograph Image of a Man: the Journal of Keith Vaughan for Liverpool University Press.

Alex writes the blog:

Research interests and PhD supervision
  • diaries, journals, and experimental forms of auto/biography
  • life-writing by and about visual artists
  • theories of autofiction
  • the life and work of Irène Némirovsky
  • the autobiographical novels of Joris-Karl Huysmans
Selected publications
  • Image of a Man: the Journal of Keith Vaughan – monograph in preparation for Liverpool University Press.
  • ‘Self and Fiction in Walking to Hollywood’ – book chapter to be published in Autofiction in English (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).
  • ‘Outsider Perspective: Looking and Being Looked At in the Wartime Journal and Sketches of Keith Vaughan’ – article published on Taylor & Francis Online (May 2016) and in Journal of Visual Art Practice, vol. 16:1 (2017); pp.3-14.
  • ‘Imagining and Re-imagining the Life of Irène Némirovsky: Le Vin de Solitude and Le Mirador’ – article published in Auto/Fiction, issue 1:2 (May 2015); pp.1-26.
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