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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: Literary Cannibalism in the 'Extractive Zone'

Research Interests

My research focuses on environmental decolonial studies and looks at literature from former British, French, Portuguese and Spanish colonies in most of the Caribbean and parts of Latin America and Africa, which aims to challenge the "colonial archive" by rewriting cultural productions through the technique of "literary cannibalism". This is done by displacing cannibalism as an act of savagery projected onto former colonial people to its use to identify and expose the consumption and exploitation of people and land by European and North American colonial and imperial powers.

The primary goal of my thesis is to theorise "literary cannibalism" as a literary structure through world-ecology and historical materialism, in order to consider past, present, and future issues related to the regions' socio-political and economic developments and environmental challenges and their representation in cultural productions. By looking at how these cultural productions and material histories consider colonial, (neo)-imperial and neo-liberal practices and their role in the precipitation and exacerbation of climate change in these spaces.

Research funded by the Doctoral College and the Fund for Women Graduates.

Publications and Editorial Roles


Conference papers and talks

  • 24th-25th January 2020: ""O Multinaturalismo Amazônico": Decolonising Anthropology and Making Kin in Brazilian Indigenous Literature". At Climate Fiction/Indigenous Studies, University of Cambridge, UK.
  • 1st-5th July 2019: "Brazilian "Clifi": From Modernism to Contemporary Scifi". At "Utopia, Dystopia and Climate Change", 20th International Conference of the Utopian Studies Society, Europe, Monash University Prato Centre, Italy.
  • 26th-30th June 2019: "And at the Beginning There was Waste: Depicting the Slum behind the Eco-Tourism Paradise in Fernando Contreras Castro's Única mirando al mar". At "Paradise on Fire", the 2019 Biennal Conference of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE), University of California Davis, USA.
  • 5th-6th April 2019: "Consuming the Colonies: Capitalism, Literary Cannibalism and Rewriting History". At "Imaginarios económicos en la literatura y el cine de España y Latinoamérica", Symposium of the Spanish section of the Department of Languages and Literatures of Lehman College of the City University of New York, USA.
  • 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: "Edouard Glissant and Derek Walcott in Dialogue". 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: "Memory and Violence in Jorge Amado's Terras do Sem Fim and Kettly Mars's Saisons Sauvages". 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 and France as a Nation-States 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." 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.
  • 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.



  • 2019-2020 - Society for French Studies (SFS)
  • 2018-2020 - Society for Latin American Studies (SLAS)
  • 2017-2020 - Postcolonial Studies Association (PSA)
  • 2017-2020 - British Comparative Literature Association (BCLA)
  • 2018-2019 - British Association for American Studies (BAAS)
  • 2018-2019 - Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE)
  • 2018-2019 - Latin American Studies Association (LASA)
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Giulia Champion

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PhD Candidate in English and Comparative Literary Studies and Hispanic Studies


Professor Neil Lazarus

Dr. Fabienne Viala

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