Alex Belsey

Alex Belsey

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Research interests

Research interests include: life-writing and its interdisciplinary links with visual culture; the journal of Keith Vaughan (1912-77); journals, diaries, and experimental auto/biography; C20th and C21st British culture; the life and works of Irène Némirovsky (1903-42); late nineteenth-century literature in England and France.

Research interests (short)

Life-writing; visual culture; cultural theory; C20th & C21st century British culture.

Biographical details

Alex recently passed an AHRC-LAHP funded PhD in English Research with a thesis on the journal of twentieth-century British painter Keith Vaughan (1912-77) and the dynamics between life-writing, identity formation, and visual art practice. He read for his BA in English at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and studied the MA in Life-Writing at King’s College London. He has worked as Administrator for the Centre for Life-writing Research at King's and as the General Editor of the peer-reviewed research journal Stet (issue 4). Alex is currently conducting further research using the study of life-writing as methodology for interrogating the formation of creative, critical and intellectual identities.


'Outsider Perspective: Looking and Being Looked At in the Wartime Journal and Sketches of Keith Vaughan' - article to be published in Journal of Visual Art Practice, vol.14 no.3 (Autumn 2015).

'Imagining and Re-imagining the Life of Irene Nemirovsky: Le vin de solitude and Le mirador' - article published in international journal Auto/Fiction, issue 1:2 (May 2015).



  • PR English literature
  • Life-writing
  • ND Painting
  • Literature and visual culture


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