Dr Jane Kilby

Senior Lecturer in English and Cultural Studies

  • Crescent House 200e
  • T: 0161 295 3901
  • E: j.e.kilby@salford.ac.uk
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Office Times

I am happy to meet with students at anytime, please email to arrange a mutually convenient time.


I joined the University of Salford in 2000, having completed a BSc in Sociology at Cardiff University; and a MA and PhD in Women’s Studies at Lancaster University.

I joined Salford as a temporary lecturer in Sociology, was appointed a full-time lecturer in Criminology and now enjoy the post of Senior Lecturer in English and Cultural Studies in the School of Arts and Media. This journey across disciplines reflects my commitment to the development of a literary sociology, one geared to ensuring a creatively critical imagination for engaging questions of social injustice.



  • The Test of Evil
  • Representing the Holocaust
  • 21st Century Women’s Writing
  • Modernity and Cultural Form

Research Interests

I specialize in violence and the cultural politics of speaking out; with a particular interest in women’s experiences and accounts of sexual abuse. I have written on victim and perpetrator narratives, as well as photography and popular culture, in order to explore questions of suffering and witnessing. The Future of Testimony (edited with Antony Rowland, Routledge, 2014) is my latest publication in this area.

In a radical departure from my usual academic practice, I am experimenting with a new form of writing. Ficto-criticism is an approximate but enabling term for this creative enterprise. I will most likely abandon it, but my long term ambition to understand what makes writing political, and thereby write a new future for a feminist politics of violence against women and children will remain unchanged. Planned publications include a ficto-critical reading of the life and death of Aileen Wuornos; and of Lucky, Alice Sebold’s rape memoir.

Qualifications and Memberships

British Sociological Association

Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association


Author of Violence (forthcoming, Polity) and Violence and the Cultural Politics of Trauma (2007, EUP); and Editor of Violence and Society (2014, Wiley-Blackwell; with Larry Ray); The Future of Testimony (2014, Routledge; with A. Rowland), and The Future of Memory (2010, Berghahn; with R. Crownshaw and A. Rowland); and Guest Editor of a Special Issue of European Journal of Social Theory, entitled ‘Theorizing Violence’ (2013).