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ePortfolio of Giulia Champion

M.A., Global Shakespeare, University of Warwick and Queen Mary University of London
M.A., Comparative Literature, University of Geneva
B.A., Comparative Literature and English Language and Literature, University of Geneva

Thesis working title

"The Empire Bites Back": Rewriting Colonial Histories

Research Interests

My research investigates adaptations of "canonical" novels, plays, myths and fairy tales, which portray and propagate colonial histories by authors from former British, French, Spanish and Portuguese colonies through the technique of "literary cannibalism", as a way to "bite back" against the metaphorical cannibalism of European and North American colonial and imperial consumption and exploitation of people and land in the Caribbean, Latin America and Africa, with a focus on race and environmental studies, as well as decolonial theory.

Publication and Editorial Roles


Conference papers and talks

  • 18th-20th October 2018: "The Zombie of the "Capitalocene": From Haiti to Environmental Crisis". At "Monstrosity and the Topography of Fear", the 2018 Meeting of the Society for Comparative Literature and the Arts, Sam Houston State University Woodlands Campus, Texas, USA.
  • 19th-20th June 2018: ""Fact evaporates into myth": Caribbean Literary Dialogues Re-reading and Re-writing History". At ""Seamed by its own bitter juice": Voice, Visibility, Literacies" Conference, organised by the Centre for Caribbean and Diaspora Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London. Held at The Knowledge Centre, British Library, London, UK.
  • 14th-15th June 2018: "Remembering and Narrating Latin American and Caribbean Violent Past and Present: Jorge Amado, Marlon James, Kettly Mars and Homero Aridjis". At "'La sangre echa raíces’: Institutional and Collective Memory of Violence in Latin America", at the University of York St. John, UK.
  • 4th-5th June 2018: "Contesting the Cannibal Narrative". At PILAS (Postgraduates in Latin American Studies) 2019 Annual Conference, at the University of Liverpool, UK.
  • 15th-17th December 2017: "(Un)Certain Futures and Pasts: Postcolonial dystopic narratives and collective memory." At "(Un)Ethical Futures: Utopia, Dystopia and Science Fiction", in Melbourne, Australia.
  • 11th November 2017: "The Emergence of Britain as a Nation-State and the Uncanny Colony in Literature." At "Unforeseen Consequences: Literatures of Protest and Political Struggle", The British Comparative Literature Association Postgraduate Conference, University of Warwick, UK.
  • 28th-30th September 2017: ""Remembering" Classical Antiquity and the construction of "post-colonial" identity in the Caribbean and Central America." At "Classical Antiquity & Memory", University of Bonn, Germany.
  • 6th-9th July 2017: "Criminalized Motherhood: Euripides' Medea re-examined through Cherríe Moraga’s The Hungry Woman: A Mexican Medea." At "Motherlines: Mothering, Motherhood, and Mothers In and Through the Generations: Theory, Narrative, Representation, Practice and Experience", hosted by the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community and Involvement and UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, at the National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland.
  • 2nd March 2017: "The Empire Bites Back: Literary Cannibalism in African, Caribbean and South American Postcolonial Rewritings of the 'Western Literary Canon'". At Global Shakespeare's Director's Seminar Series 2016-2017, University of Warwick, UK.
  • 20th June 2015: "The Barbarian and the Wild Man in Shakespeare's The Tempest and Aimé Césaire's adaptation Une Tempête". At "Barbarism: Conceptual History as a Task for Comparative Literature", one-day graduate students symposium organised by Dr. Maria Boletsi, at the University of Leiden, The Netherlands.



  • 2018-2019 - The Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE)
  • 2018-2019 - Latin American Studies Association (LASA)
  • 2018-2019 - Society for Latin American Studies (SLAS)
  • 2017-2019 - Postcolonial Studies Association (PSA)
  • 2017-2018 - British Comparative Literature Association (BCLA)
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Giulia Champion


Professor Neil Lazarus

Dr. Fabienne Viala

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