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Dr Lara Choksey

PhD in English and Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick (2017)

MA in Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College, London (2011)

BA in English Language and Literature, University of Leeds (2010)

I'm currently working on my first monograph, titled Imagining Heredity: Speculation and Culture in the Genomic Era, a study of genetics and postgenomics in fiction and poetry, policy, medical communities, and scientific texts. My research interests include science and literature, critical race studies and decoloniality, and biosemiotics. In literary studies, I work primarily on speculative and contemporary fiction.

My doctoral thesis focused on the writing of "epigenetic" forms of change in Doris Lessing’s speculative fiction, in relation to themes of governance, labour, survival and resistance. It was supervised by Prof Stephen Shapiro and Dr Graeme Macdonald, and funded by a Wolfson Foundation Postgraduate Scholarship in the Humanities. During my PhD, I spent six months as a Visiting Scholar in the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University, New York. After my PhD, I was an Early Career Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick, from May 2017 to April 2018.


[Review] Kevin Brazil, David Sergeant, and Tom Sperlinger, eds. Doris Lessing and the Forming of History (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016). Doris Lessing Studies 35 (December 2017), 5-8.

[Review] "Academic Freedom and Society: Some Critical Questions." Exchanges: The Warwick Research Journal 5(1), 111-116 (2017).

[Essay] "Rimbaud en Harar." (Spanish, trans. Tania Ganitsky) Otro Páramo (58). May 2017.

[Article] "The Runaway Sign: Semiotic Adaptation in Literary Analysis." Sanglap: Journal of Literary and Cultural Inquiry 2.1, 25-49 (2015).

[Book] Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (Author) & Lara Choksey (Editor and Foreword). Readings. Calcutta: Seagull, 2014.

[Essay] "The Ghettos of Pilkhana." in: Strangely Beloved: Writings on Calcutta. Nilanjana Gupta (ed). New Delhi: Rainlight/Rupa, 2014, 160-163.

Conference Papers

"Split Collectives and Decolonial Praxis in Assia Djebar's Ombre sultane and Nalo Hopkinson's Midnight Robber," (Un)Ethical Futures: Utopia, Dystopia and Science Fiction Conference, Monash University, Melbourne, December 2017.

"Changing Places: Political Transition and Evolutionary Time in Doris Lessing's Space Fiction," Warwick English and CLS 12th Annual Postgraduate Symposium, University of Warwick, Coventry, May 2016.

"The SF Challenge to Speculative Genomics," The Matter of Resistance Conference, University of Warwick, Coventry, April 2016.

"Genetics, Governmentality and the Possibility of Change in Doris Lessing's The Making of the Representative for Planet 8," Doris Lessing 2014: An International Conference, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, September 2014.

“Women in cities? Responding to gang rape in three Indian cities,” Centre for Built Environment International Symposium: Cities Under Restoration, Rabindranath Tagore Centre, Kolkata, November 2013.

“Following the white rabbit: on the lure of the text and threat of the void,” Centre for Cultural Studies Postgraduate Conference: What is Cultural Studies? Goldsmiths College, London, July 2011.

Activities and Event Organisation

  • 'Racism on Campus' student-staff roundtable series, which facilitates student-staff dialogue on racism and the university, and is supported by Warwick's Diversity and Inclusion Team.


L dot E dot Choksey at warwick dot ac dot uk

Office Hours

Please email me to arrange an appointment in T3.



EN122 Modes of Reading

EN229 Literary and Cultural Theory

EN263 Devolutionary British Fiction (Term 2 only)

EN361 Introduction to Alternative Lifeworlds Fiction


EN123 Modern World Literatures

Academic Writing