I specialise in twentieth and twenty first century literature, from the modernist period to contemporary experimental writing, and in particular British literature and culture of the 1920s and 1930s. My research is informed by environmental humanities and health humanities perspectives.
In my first monograph, Guilty But Insane: Mind and Law in Golden Age Detective Fiction (OUP, 2015), I examined detective writing in the context of psychological innovation, legal debates and literary modernism. I am currently completing a book on Nan Shepherd, and from late 2016 to 2018 will be working on an AHRC-funded project which explores nature and wellbeing connections in modern and contemporary fiction, poetry, and nature writing. In 2015, I was invited as a Visiting Scholar to the Special Collections Centre at the University of Aberdeen, building aspects of my project concerned with mind and ecology in Scottish fiction. In June-July 2016, I was Environmental Humanities Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh. I am also a co-editor of the ASLE journal, Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism, and an ECR member of the AHRC Peer Review College.
I am the current holder of a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award, which is supporting the interdisciplinary environmental humanities events series and conference: ‘Landscaping Change: exploring environmental regeneration and conservation using arts and humanities research methods.’ The series involved interdisciplinary events at the Arnolfini in Bristol, discussing issues concerning soil and water, sustainable transport and urban ecology, from artistic, poetic, activist, and academic perspectives. In March 2016, the Landscaping Change conference promoted interdisciplinary exchange and collaboration, featuring delegates from academic fields of literature, history, geography, theology, heritage, social science and anthropology; creative practitioners of art, theatre, poetry and digital writing; arts activists and environmental campaign groups.
I'm interested in avant garde and experimental writing and co-run Sad Press, which specialises in chapbooks and small press editions. I've published four pamphlets of my own poetry, and have a further book forthcoming from Crater Press. I was a Poet in Residence at the ESRC Genomics Policy and Research Forum in 2013, and in July 2015 was Poet in Residence at SoundEye Poetry Festival in Cork, Ireland.
- PhD University of Edinburgh
- MSc Birkbeck, University of London
- BA(Hons) King's College London
- Certificate in Professional Learning in Higher Education, Bath Spa University 2016
- Co-editor, Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism, the journal of ASLE-UK
- ASLE UKI - Member
Areas of expertise
- Writing and the environment
- Landscape in literature
- Crime fiction
- Interwar modernisms
- Scottish women writers
- Psychology and literature
- Innovative poetry, 20th and 21st century
Current and previous modules at Bath Spa
- EN5019 Poetry
- EN6018 Writing and the Environmental Crisis
- EN6060 Literature and Psychology
- MA EN7007 Place, Planet, Location
- MA EN7008 Writing Scotland and the Literary Renaissance
I will be on research leave from November 2016 - November 2018.
Research and academic outputs
Walton, S (2015) Guilty but insane: mind and law in golden age detective fiction. Oxford textual perspectives . Oxford University Press, Oxford. ISBN 9780198723325
Walton, S (2013) Amaranth, unstitched. Punch Press.
Walton, S (2018) 'Ecopoetry.' In: Castree, N, ed. Companion to environmental studies. Routledge, London. (Forthcoming)
Landscaping change: exploring the transformation, reconstitution and disruption of environments through the arts, humanities and social sciences
Walton, S (2017) 'Landscaping change: exploring the transformation, reconstitution and disruption of environments through the arts, humanities and social sciences.' In: Where we live now: perspectives on place and policy. British Academy, London, pp. 52-55.
Walton, S (2016) 'Cider with Grundy: on the community orchard in Ambridge.' In: Courage, C, Hadlam, N and Matthews, P, eds. The Archers in fact and fiction: academic analyses of life in rural Borsetshire. Peter Lang, Oxford, pp. 129-137. ISBN 9781787071193
Walton, S (2015) 'Scottish modernism, kailyard fiction and the woman at home.' In: Macdonald, K and Christoph, S, eds. Transitions in middlebrow writing, 1880-1930. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp. 141-160. ISBN 9781137486769
Walton, S (2014) 'Going out, going alone: modern subjectivities in rural Scotland, 1900-1921.' In: Goodman, G and Mathieson, C, eds. Gender and space in rural Britain: 1840-1920. Pickering and Chatto, London. ISBN 978-1848934405
Nature trauma: ecology and the returning soldier in First World War English and Scottish fiction, 1918-1932’
Walton, S (2017) 'Nature trauma: ecology and the returning soldier in First World War English and Scottish fiction, 1918-1932’.' Journal of Medical Humanities. ISSN 1041-3545 (Forthcoming)
Prior, J and Walton, S (2017) 'The Bristol and Bath Railway Path: an ecopoetic sound collaboration.' GeoHumanities, 3 (1). pp. 246-249. ISSN 2373-566X
Stenning, A and Walton, S (2017) 'Introduction.' Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism, 21 (1). iii-x. ISSN 1468-8417
“Sooner or later most of us get hooked”: the question of insanity in Patricia Highsmith’s 'Strangers on a train' and 'The talented Mr. Ripley'
Walton, S (2015) '“Sooner or later most of us get hooked”: the question of insanity in Patricia Highsmith’s 'Strangers on a train' and 'The talented Mr. Ripley'.' Clues: A Journal of Detection, 33 (2). pp. 20-31. ISSN 0742-4248
Walton, S (2012) 'Detection in a complex age: collective control in CSI: New York.' Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies, 38 (1). pp. 103-123. ISSN 1729-8792
Walton, S (2011) 'Madness and vengeance: gendered false consciousness in the golden age crime novel.' Forum: The University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture and the Arts, 13. ISSN 1749-9771
Walton, S (2017) Cultures of nature and wellbeing: narratives of sustainability and green healthcare. In: Living Together on this Earth: Eco-sustainable Narratives and Environmental Concerns in English Literature/s, 19 - 21 April 2017, University of Udine, Udine, Italy.
Walton, S (2017) Nan Shepherd. In: Braemar Mountain Festival, 3 - 5 March 2017, Braemar, Ballater, UK.
Walton, S (2016) Nan Shepherd's 'The living mountain'. In: Kendal Mountain Festival, 17-20 November 2016, Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, UK.
Moss, S, Gee, M and Walton, S (2016) Hopes and fears in the face of environmental crisis - readings and discussion. In: Being Human: A Festival of the Humanities, 21 November 2016, Topping & Company Booksellers, Bath, UK.
Walton, S (2016) Hydropoetics. In: Wilderness, 4 -7 August 2016, Cornbury Park, Charlbury, UK.
Walton, S (2016) Roundtable/Poetry readings. In: Poetry, Creativity and Environment, 26 - 27 February 2016, University of Leeds.
Walton, S (2016) Cider with Grundy: on orchards and the commonplace in Ambridge. In: The Archers in Fact and Fiction: Academic Analysis of Life in Rural Borsetshire, 17 February 2016, University of Liverpool in London.
The Scottish landscape and crime in non-canonical texts by 20th century female crime writers, Gladys Mitchell and Josephine Tey
Walton, S (2012) The Scottish landscape and crime in non-canonical texts by 20th century female crime writers, Gladys Mitchell and Josephine Tey. In: Crime Scotland - then and now (Scottish studies in Europe conference), 31 May- 3 June 2012, Georg-August University, Göttingen, Germany.
Walton, S (2015) Samantha Walton at UEA Poetry Festival. In: UEA Poetry Festival, University of East Anglia, UK, 17 - 18 April 2015.
Walton, S (2014) Camarade. In: Poetry in Collaboration, Southbank centre, London, 20 May 2014.
Walton, S (2014) Samantha Walton at London poetry festival. In: London Poetry Festival, Birkbeck College, London, 17-18 May.
Walton, S and Lindsay, J (2014) Camarade. In: Enemies: Hidden Door Arts Festival, Edinburgh, 29 April 2014.
Walton, S (2014) Samantha Walton at virtual cabaret II. In: UnAmerican Activities 5: Virtual Cabaret II, Queen Mary, University of London, UK, 13 April 2014.
Walton, S (2013) Samantha Walton at caesura #17. In: Caesura #17, Summerhall, Edinburgh, 11 October 2013.