Tara Thomson

Tara Thomson

Dr Tara Thomson

Lecturer in English & Film


I am a Lecturer in English and Film at Edinburgh Napier. My research interests fall generally into modernist studies, critical theory, women’s writing, and the Digital Humanities.

I was awarded a PhD from the University of Victoria in Canada in 2014, before relocating to the UK. My doctoral thesis examined representations of women’s everyday lives in modernist British fiction, specifically the works of Virginia Woolf, Dorothy Richardson, and Katherine Mansfield, and my first monograph, emerging from that research, will be published soon by Routledge.

My research interests extend to the Digital Humanities, and I have worked on a number of Digital Humanities research projects. I am a researcher on ‘Palimpsest: Literary Edinburgh,’ a text mining and digital mapping project, which led to the development and launch of a database and interactive map of Edinburgh literature called Lit Long: Edinburgh (litlong.org). The Lit Long project is currently developing engagement activities in partnership with the UNESCO City of Literature Trust.

I have published articles and book chapters on geospatial humanities, data visualisation for the humanities, and literary modernism, as well as scholarly editions of two volumes of Dorothy Richardson's Pilgrimage series for Broadview Literary Press.

Research Areas



Conference Activity

  • ‘These letters weren’t meant for you’: I Love Dick and the Avant-Garde on TV
  • Roundtable: ‘We Editors’
  • Scottish Network for Modernist Studies Symposium (co-organiser)
  • Lit Long: Locating Edinburgh Modernism
  • Editing Modernism/Modernist Editing (organiser)
  • "I am a camera": The Politicisation of Aesthetics in Christopher Isherwood's Goodbye to Berlin
  • Seminar: Modernism in Scotland (organiser and chair)
  • Scotland's 'puir auld mither': Muir's bored housewives and Mitchison's cosmopolitan activists


External Examining/Validations

  • External examiner: Modernism course - Scottish Universities International Summer School


Fellowships and Awards

  • Erasmus+ Staff Mobility Grant
  • Co-Investigator - Words on the Street: the Uses of a Digital Literary Landscape
  • AHRC Research Fellowship: Palimpsest: Literary Edinburgh project
  • British Library Lab Award: Research Award runner-up
  • Cultural Engagement Research Fellowship: Lit Long: Edinburgh


Invited Speaker

  • Edinburgh International Book Festival - Directors' Highlights event for Patrons of the Book Festival
  • (Co-)Editing Dorothy Richardson
  • Yun Posun Memorial Symposium


Media Activity

  • 'Edinburgh’s literary history mapped at the click of a button'


Membership of Professional Body

  • Higher Education Academy Fellow


Current Post Grad projects