Kristina Fleuty

Research Assistant

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education

Department:School of Education & Social Care

Location: Chelmsford

Kristina is a Research Assistant within the Veterans and Families Institute (VFI). She is principally involved with the Blesma Families Study, which aims to understand the needs of veterans and families living with limb loss.

Untitled Page


Kristina holds a BA (Hons) in English Literature and an MA in Literature, both from the University of Essex. Kristina is particularly interested in the interdisciplinary nature of literature and the potential for interaction with the humanities and social sciences. A key concern of the social sciences, human social behaviour and the relationships between people in social and cultural settings, is often at the core of literary texts.

Kristina has experience in a wide range of comparative world literature, from classical to contemporary, across many literary forms; these include novels, poetry, short stories, the essay and epic traditions, plays, transcripts and memoir. In 2012, whilst completing her MA, Kristina was selected to attend a series of workshops run by Nobel Prize winning poet Derek Walcott.

Kristina’s previous professional experience includes LRC management, delivering English skills classes and library lessons in secondary and further education settings, mentoring, editorial work on magazines and academic journals, writing articles and copywriting.

Research interests

Literary exploration of identity, the human condition, social and cultural behaviour
Psychogeography and memory mapping
War and post-war narratives
Trauma narratives
Literature as a technology
Creative writing
Creative non-fiction, in particular memoir, autobiography, interview transcripts and the personal essay
The arts for health, mental health, wellbeing and creative self-development
Writing the self and the therapeutic potential of story and creative writing
Textual analysis, close reading and linguistics
The interdisciplinary study of literature
World literature, in particular English, United States and Caribbean literature
The Enlightenment
Literary criticism and theoretical approaches to literary analysis and research, in particular psychoanalytic, romantic, Aristotelian, philosophical, phenomenological, transcendentalist and reader-response criticism


BA (Hons) English Literature, University of Essex (2008-2011)
MA Literature, University of Essex (2011-2012)