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Dr Caitlin Vandertop

vandertopAssistant Professor

Email: Caitlin dot Vandertop at warwick dot ac dot uk

H523 Humanities Building
University Road
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL


I joined the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies in September 2019. Before this, I was a lecturer at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji, having also worked and studied at universities in Hong Kong, Australia, Canada and the UK.

Research Interests

My research areas include modern and contemporary world literature, postcolonial studies, urban culture and the environmental humanities, with a special interest in writing from Oceania and areas of the Asia/Pacific region. My first book, titled Modernism in the metrocolony: urban cultures of empire in twentieth-century literature (forthcoming with Cambridge UP in 2020), is a comparative study of twentieth-century Anglophone literature from a network of British colonial port cities. Following on from this, I’m working on two new projects: the first looks at post/colonial literary engagements with the British empire’s environmental legacies, with a current focus on the idea and practice of ‘reclaiming’ cities; the second is broadly concerned with resources in Oceanic literature from the colonial to independence periods.

Teaching and Supervision

In 2019/20, I’m teaching on the modules Literary and Cultural Theory and Modern World Literature.

I'd be interested in supervising dissertations in any of the research areas mentioned above.

Selected Publications

  • Modernism in the metrocolony: urban cultures of empire in twentieth-century literature (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming October 2020).
  • 'Opium cities, carbon routes: world-ecological prehistory in Amitav Ghosh's Hong Kong', Journal of Postcolonial Writing 55.4 (2019), 527-40.
  • ‘Peripheral urbanism, imperial maturity and the crisis of development in Lao She's Rickshaw and Mulk Raj Anand’s Coolie’, Novel: A Forum on Fiction 53.2 (2019), 369-85.
  • “The earth seemed unearthly’: capital, world-ecology and enchanted nature in Conrad's Heart of Darkness', Modern Fiction Studies, special issue 'Anthropocene Fictions' 64:4 (2018), 680-700.
  • ‘Architectures of the invisible hand: envisioning capital in Joseph Conrad’s Singapore’, Textual Practice,
    34:2 (2018): 127-45.
  • 'The colonies in concrete: Walter Benjamin, urban form, and the dreamworlds of empire', Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies 18:5 (2016), 709-29.
  • 'Travel literature and the infrastructural unconscious’, in New Directions in Travel Writing Studies, eds. Julia Kuehn and Paul Smethurst (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2015), 26-44.

Virtual Office Hours (Term 3)

Monday 12-1pm & Tuesday 12-1pm


Modern World Literatures

Literary and Cultural Theory