Kathryn Walls

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Head of School School of English, Film, Theatre and Media Studies


Teaching in 2018

Research interests

Young adult fiction, medieval-renaissance literature


MA(Hons) Victoria
PhD Tor

Current research projects

The influence of the "Scientific Revolution" on the poetry of Alexander Pope; "medieval" Spenser.

Areas of supervision

My research interests are broad. I would enjoy supervising work in any of the areas in which I have published, including: Middle English literature (Chaucer, Langland, the mystery plays), Renaissance allegory, the Reformation and early modern literature, and literature and science.I have an abiding interest in the New Zealand children's writers Margaret Mahy and Maurice Gee.

Major achievements

External service has included (in 1996) membership of a panel reviewing the BA and BA Hons degrees of the University of Otago. I am a member of the Board of the Australasian Children's Literature Association for Research. At Victoria I have served terms as staff representative on the University Council, Convenor of the University's Student Finance Committee, and as a Faculty representative on the Library Committee. In 2011 I was appointed to a panel reviewing Doctoral Admission and Scholarships. Within the Faculty I have served terms as Deputy Dean and Dean of Students in the Faculty of Arts, as Department Chair, and—most recently—a member of the FHSS Research and Study Leave Committee. In 2004 I convened the Programme Review of the Master of Library and Information Studies (2004), and I served on the FHSS PBRF "shadow panels" in 2004 and 2011.

Selection of publications

Scholarly edition

Ed. with Marguerite Stobo. William Baspoole, The Pilgrime. Tempe, Arizona: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, in conjunction with the Renaissance English Text Society, 2008. Contents: Introduction, pp. 3-174; Text, pp. 175-356; General Commentary, pp. 358-502; Glossary, Works Cited, and Index: pp. 505-558.


God's Only Daughter: Spenser's Una as the Invisible Church. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2013. Pp. 1-238.View all publications by Kathryn Walls


Teaching in 2018