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Dr Kim Worthington BA (Hons), DPhil

Senior Lecturer

School of English and Media Studies

Kim's current research focuses on questions to do with confession, apology, forgiveness, amnesty and reconciliation and their relationship to contemporary politics and literature. This work develops theoretical and critical insights drawn from the work of Paul Ricoeur, Jacques Derrida, Emmanuel Levinas and J.M. Coetzee, among others. In many respects, Kim's current research interests are an extension of her earlier work on narrative ethics and subjectivity (see, for example, her book Self as Narrative: Subjectivity and Community in Contemporary Fiction: Clarendon, 1996). In recent years she has published book chapters and journal articles on novels by Ian McEwan, J.M. Coetzee and Bernhard Schlink.  Recent conference papers include presentations on writing by Antjie Krog, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o and Jaspreet Singh.

Between 2001 and 2007, Kim worked as a consultant and writer in commercial and governmental sectors. She produced many publications during this time, often under psuedonyms, not listed (obviously) in her academic publication record.  This information is provided in explanation of the lack of publications evident in her academic record during these years.

Kim is the coordinator of several of papers in the School's undergraduate and postgraduate programmes: 139, 105 (Fiction); 139.210 (Rewriting Classic Fiction), 139.352 (Postcolonial Literature) and 139.725 (The Post-Romantic Subject). She co-teaches 139.139 (Introduction to English Studies) and 139.703 (Critical and Creative Research). She acted as Postgraduate Programme Coordinator for the School of English and Media Studies at Massey University until Dec 2014 and supervises Honours, Masters and Doctoral research. She is currently supervising five PhD students.

Kim is an appointed convenor for Massey University doctoral oral examinations, in a wide range of disciplinary areas.  She is currently an elected member of the College Board, College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

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Contact details

  • Ph: +64 6 356 9099 ex 84495
    Location: 4.48, Sir Geoffrey Peren Building
    Campus: Manawatu


  • Batchelor with Honours - Massey University (1987)
  • Doctor of Philosophy - University of Oxford (1993)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Contemporary World Literature (particularly fiction); Literary Theory (particularly ethics); Postcolonial Theory.


21st Century Citizenship

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Comparative Literature Studies (200524): Languages, Communication And Culture (200000): Literary Studies (200500): Literary Theory (200525)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 2 1

Research Outputs


Lawn, J., Bortolotto, MC., Worthington, K., & Meek, A. (2016). The Limits of Responsibility. Borderlands e-Journal : New Spaces in the Humanities. 14(2), 1-14
[Journal article]Authored by: Bortolotto, M., Lawn, J., Meek, A., Worthington, K.


Allen, N., Beausoleil, E., Bignall, S., Meek, A., Meffan, J., & Pino-Ojeda, W. (2015). The limits of responsibility. J. Lawn, MC. Bortolotto, K. Worthington, & A. Meek (Eds.) (Vol. 4) ,on-line: borderlines e-journal
[Scholarly edition]Authored by: Beausoleil, E., Meek, A.Edited by: Bortolotto, M., Lawn, J., Meek, A., Worthington, K.


Worthington, KL., & Meffan, J.Reading as Dialogue: Against Gender. . Prato, Italy (Monash university)
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Worthington, K.
Worthington, KL.Worthington, KL. (2012, December). ‘Is this personal?’ Performing Apology and Confession in South Africa’s TRC and Antjie Krog’s Country of My Skull. Presented at The Limits of Responsibility, Massey University 3-5 Dec 2013: Massey University.. . Massey University
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Worthington, K.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 4 0
CoSupervisor 2 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Nicholas Allen - PhD
    Self and Landscape: subjectivity in the New Zealand Alpine Journal
  • Barira Nazir - PhD
    Revisiting Pakistani Anglophone Fiction: A Reception oriented Study
  • Noor Fatima Bukhari Fatima - PhD
    Once Upon a Time in the Land of Five Rivers: A Comparative Analysis of Folktales of the Punjab, from the colonial era to the contemporary.
  • Shazrah Salam - PhD
    Obedient wives, chaste daughters and sinful women: Engendering the female body in Pakistani literature

CoSupervisor of:

  • Nancy Wood - PhD
    Alianor in Ifriqyah
  • Timothy Upperton - PhD
    Anti-Confessionalism: investigating the lyric "I" in the poetry of Frederick Seidel

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