1990 …2020

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Dr Williams' research interests include:

  • literature and culture of the pre-1945 period;
  • special emphasis on H.G. Wells and James Joyce;
  • interdisciplinary interests, especially in writing and cinematicity, documentary and reportage.

AHRC funded studentships are available in these research areas - more details.

He is currently supervising AHRC-funded doctoral research projects on 'The Multi-layered Image in Film: Silent Cinema, Art Cinema and Intertextuality' and 'To Live through the Lens - The Novels and Screenplays of Alan Sharp', among others. He is also supervising a new PhD project on the Science Fiction of Robert Duncan Milne, awarded an AHRI International Research Scholarship.

He is convenor for MLitt in Science Fiction Studies and tutors for the first semester core module and option on Scientific Romance.

Dr Williams was director of the School of Humanities Research Centre for Critical and Creative Cultures (January 2017-August 2019), the main research centre for Literary Studies, Film, Drama and Creative Writing. His research and public engagement has also played a major part in Dundee's role as the Scottish Hub for the UK's annual national festival of the Humanities: Being Human.

Dr Williams is Chair of the Scottish Word and Image Group (SWIG) which researches aspects of the relationship between verbal and visual representation and holds its annual conferences in early summer. He is also a member of the Executive Board of IAWIS/AIERTI and of the editorial board of the Wellsian: the Journal of the H.G. Wells Society.

SWIG hosted the major international conference, ‘Riddles of Form: Exploration and Discovery in Word and Image’, the 10th Triennial Conference of the International Association for Word and Image Studies / Association Internationale pour Étude des Rapports entre Texte et Image (IAWIS/AIERTI) at the University of Dundee (11-15 August 2014). See: http://www.scottishwordimage.org/conferences/iawis2014/index.htm

Essays from the conference have been published as Art and Science in Word and Image: Exploration and Discovery (Brill, 2019).

He has another monograph forthcoming on James Joyce and Cinematicity: Before and After Film (Edinburgh UP, June 2020).

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Research Output

Art and Science in Word and Image: Exploration and Discovery

Williams, K. (ed.), Aymes, S. (ed.), Baetens, J. (ed.) & Murray, C. (ed.), 27 Mar 2019, Brill Academic Publishers. 343 p. (Word and Image Interactions; vol. 9)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Frankenstein Returns: A Fantastical Pantomime

Williams, K., 17 Nov 2018

Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

  • Frankenstein's Poetic Progeny: Activity Book For Schools

    Wyvern Poets, Christie, L. (ed.), Vaughan, P., Kennedy, I., Kennedy, C., Cook, D. & Williams, K., Nov 2018, 30 p. Dundee : UniVerse.

    Research output: Other contribution

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    Frankenstein's Poetic Progeny

    Wyvern Poets & Williams, K., 21 Nov 2018

    Research output: Other contribution

  • Joyce and the Art of the Moving Panorama

    Williams, K., Jun 2018.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper


    Being Human

    Daniel Cook (Organiser), & Keith Williams (Organiser)

    15 Nov 201824 Nov 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesFestival/Exhibition

    Public talk on Joseph Lee's poetry

    Keith Williams (Speaker)

    22 Oct 2014

    Activity: Other activity typesPublic engagement and outreach - public lecture/debate/seminar

    Time and Motion Studies: Joycean Cinematicity in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man’

    Keith Williams (Speaker)

    4 Mar 2014

    Activity: Other activity typesPublic engagement and outreach - public lecture/debate/seminar

    'Homo cinematographicus' H.G. Wells, James Joyce and Modern Visual Culture

    Keith Williams (Speaker)

    18 Apr 2013

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    James Joyce and Cinematicity

    Keith Williams (Speaker)

    28 Nov 2012

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


    Exile, Authorship, and 'The Good German': A Reconsideration of the Screenplays and Novels of Emeric Pressburger

    Author: McDonald, C. E., 2018

    Supervisor: Hoyle, B. (Supervisor) & Williams, K. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

    James Barke: Politics, Cinema and Writing Scottish Urban Modernity

    Author: Elder, K., 2013

    Supervisor: Williams, K. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Literature


    Katherine Mansfield and Visual Culture

    Author: Harland, F., 2017

    Supervisor: Williams, K. (Supervisor) & Modeen, M. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy