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Contact details +64 (06) 356 9099  ext. 84495

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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Professional

Contact details

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

Qualifications

  • 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.

Thematics

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

Journal

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.
Worthington, KL. (2014). Charlotte Randall, The Bright Side of my Condition. New Zealand Books. 24.1(105), 25-25Retreived from http://nzbooks.org.nz/2014/contents/issue-105-contents/
[Book Review]Authored by: Worthington, K.
Worthington, KL. (2013). Review of The Lonely and the Alone by Doreen D'Cruz and John Ross. Style. 47(4), 549-557
[Book Review]Authored by: Worthington, K.
Worthington, KL., & Meffan, J. (2013). The 'hollowness' of english? A case for narratology. Australian Literary Studies. 28(1-2), 111-124
[Journal article]Authored by: Worthington, K.
Worthington, KL. (2011). "'A place where bodies are their own signs': Re-reading J.M. Coetzee's Foe via Gubar, Spivak, Parry and Levinas". Philia & Filia. 2(1), 5-40 Retrieved from http://seer.ufrgs.br/Philiaefilia/issue/view/1506/showToc
[Journal article]Authored by: Worthington, K.
Worthington, KL. (2011). Suturing the wound: Derrida's "On Forgiveness" and Schlink's The Reader. Comparative Literature. 63(2), 203-224
[Journal article]Authored by: Worthington, K.
Worthington, KL. (2008). Framing herself. New Zealand Books. 18, No.2(82), 7-8
[Journal article]Authored by: Worthington, K.
Worthington, KL. (2008). C.K. Stead: In person or impersonation?. Landfall. 216, 164-168
[Journal article]Authored by: Worthington, K.

Book

Allen, N., Beausoleil, E., Bignall, S., Meek, A., Meffan, J., & Pino-Ojeda, W. (2016). 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. (2015). Um lugar onde os corpos são os seus próprios signos: uma releitura de Foe, de J. M. Coetzee, via Gubar, Spivak, Parry e Levinas. In K. Rosenfield, & LF. Pereira (Eds.) Lendo J. M. Coetzee. (pp. 51 - 86). Santa Maria, Brazil: Editora UFSM
[Chapter]Authored by: Worthington, K.
Worthington, KL. (2013). "Creative Confession: Self-writing, forgiveness and ethics in Ian McEwan's Atonement.". In C. Holler, & M. Klepper (Eds.) Rethinking Narrative Identity. (pp. 147 - 169). : John Benjamins Publishing
[Chapter]Authored by: Worthington, K.
Worthington, KL. (2011). Age of Iron. In T. Mehigan (Ed.) A Companion to the Works of J.M. Coetzee. (pp. 113 - 131). Rochester, NY: Camden House
[Chapter]Authored by: Worthington, K.
Baker, W., Womack, K., Saxon, T., Worthington, KL., Fischer, O., Decker, J., . . . Lindner, C. (Eds.) (2006). New literatures: Chapter 17 in: The years work in English studies. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press
[Edited Book]Edited by: Worthington, K.
Meffan, J., & Worthington, KL. (2001). "Ethics before politics: J.M. Coetzee's Disgrace.". In TF. Davis, & K. Womack (Eds.) Mapping the Ethical Turn: Ethics and Literature in New Theoretical Contexts. (pp. 131 - 150). : University of Virginia Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Worthington, K.
Worthington, KL.(1996). Self As Narrative: Subjectivity and Community in Contemporary Fiction. : Oxford University Press on Demand
[Authored Book]Authored by: Worthington, K.

Conference

Worthington, KL. (2014, July). Confronting a Forgotten Past: Shame, Guilt and Blame in Jaspreet Singh's Helium. Presented at Literature and Affect. University of Melbourne.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Worthington, K.
Worthington, KL.(2014, July). Confronting a forgotten past: Shame, guilt and blame in Jaspreet Singh's Helium. . Retreived from https://australasianassociationforliterature.org/program/
[Conference]Authored by: Worthington, K.
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.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Worthington, K.
Worthington, KL. (2011, November). "Forgetting to Remember? Confession, amnesty and national narrative in South Africa's TRC." Citizenship in an Era of Global Crisis Conference. University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, 28-30 Nov 2011.. Presented at Citizenship in an Era of Global Crisis Conference
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Worthington, K.
Worthington, KL."Forgetting to remember? Confession, amnesty and national narrative in South Africa’s TRC". . Otago University
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Worthington, K.
Worthington, KL.(2011). Forgetting to Remember? Confession, amnesty and national narrative in South Africa's TRC. . University of Otago, Dundein, New Zealand
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Worthington, K.
Worthington, KL."Cofessional self-narration: the limits of perspective and forgiveness in Ian McEwan's Atonement". . Humboldt Universitat zu Berlin
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Worthington, K.
Worthington, KL. (2008, December). Derrida’s ‘On Forgiveness and Bernhard Schlink’s The Reader.. Presented at Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy: The Post/Human Condition. University of Auckland.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Worthington, K.
Worthington, KL.Written, Silenced and Reading Subjects: Gubar, Spivak (and Levinas). . Turitea Campus, Massey University, Palmerston North
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Worthington, K.
Worthington, KL.(2008). A prohibition on the question why: Derrida's on forgiveness and the ethics of holocaust representation. . University of Auckland, NZ
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Worthington, K.

Other

Worthington, KL. (2011). "Writers are not Whales". Review of Janet Frame's In Her Own Words. (pp. 36 - 37).
[Other]Authored by: Worthington, K.
Worthington, K. (2009, October). A prohibition on the question 'Why?'. Lecturer given in the Massey University Humanities and Social Sciences Lecture Series. Presented at Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Worthington, K.
Worthington, KL. (2008). "Spark of Life." Review of Emma Neale's Spark.
[Other]Authored by: Worthington, K.
Worthington, KL. (2008). "On the Road to Menton." Review of Fiona Kidman's At the End of Darwin Road. (pp. 40 - 40). New Zealand Magazines (APN Specialist Publications NZ Limited)
[Other]Authored by: Worthington, K.
Worthington, KL. (2007). Review of Jenny Bornholdt's Mrs Winter's Jump and Elizabeth Smithers's The Year of Adverbs. (pp. 24 - 24). Fairfax Media
[Other]Authored by: Worthington, K.
Worthington, KL. (2007). "Rose-tinted spectacles". Review of Sarah Laing's Coming up Roses. (pp. 20 - 20). Fairfax Media
[Other]Authored by: Worthington, K.
Worthington, KL. (2007). "Reframing Frame." Review of Janet Frame's Towards Another Summer. (pp. 18 - 18). Fairfax Media
[Other]Authored by: Worthington, K.
Worthington, KL. (2007, December). Ethics and forgiveness in postcolonial contexts. In Postcolonial Studies Research Network. Presented at University of Otago, NZ.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Worthington, K.
Worthington, KL. (2006). Review of Patricia Grace's Small Holes in the Silence. (pp. 16 - 16). Fairfax Media
[Other]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

Head of School

Associate Professor Jenny Lawn

Email: J.M.Lawn@massey.ac.nz
Tel: 09 213 6337

Administration staff

Joanne Ervine
Academic Services Administrator - Auckland
Email: J.Ervine@massey.ac.nz
Tel: 09 213 6909

Janet Lowe
Academic Services Administrator - Manawatu
Email: J.M.Lowe@massey.ac.nz
Tel: 06 951 7752

Julie McKenzie
Academic Programme Administrator
Email: J.A.McKenzie@massey.ac.nz
Tel: 06 951 7421

Anne Meredith
Academic Programme Administrator - "Writing Papers"
Email: A.M.Meredith@massey.ac.nz
Tel: 06 951 7548

College of Humanities and Social Sciences support staff

Claire Grant
Shared Campus Secretary
Email: C.Grant@massey.ac.nz
Tel: 04 979 3597

Marissa Penfold
Shared Campus Secretary
Email: M.Penfold@massey.ac.nz
Tel: 09 213 6086

Honorary research fellows

These academics are honorary research fellows of our school:

Dr Doreen D'Cruz
Dr Judith Dell Panny
Professor Russell Poole
Dr John Ross

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