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Nick Lawrence | Neil Lazarus | Graeme Macdonald | Pablo Mukherjee | Benita Parry | Stephen Shapiro | Sorcha Gunne | Sharae Deckard

Dr Nick Lawrence


Nick Lawrence works on American literature and culture of the nineteenth and twenty-first centuries, with emphasis on its international contexts; on critical theory, mainly of the Frankfurt School; and on modernist and contemporary poetry and poetics. Among his publications are How to Read Adorno and Horkheimer’s Dialectic of Enlightenment (Pluto, forthcoming), The Collected Works of Nathaniel Hawthorne (Cambridge Scholars Press, forthcoming) and North American Language Poetries, 1965–2000 (Casa de Letras, 2005). His current projects include two monographs, World Literature and the Origins of Modernism, on situating the problem of ‘global modernism’ within an emergent nineteenth-century paradigm of world literature, and United Nations Literature, a study of mid-twentieth century poetic internationalism.

Email: N dot Lawrence at warwick dot ac dot uk

Nick Lawrence

Professor Neil Lazarus


Neil Lazarus works on 'postcolonial' literatures and cultures; postcolonial theory; imperialism, nationalism and anticolonial resistance; modernisation/capitalist modernity/modernism; globalisation; world literature, especially when theorised as literature of the modern world-system; distant reading; and new theories of literary comparativism. More broadly, he works on modern literature – the novel; the literature of Empire; modernist literature and theories of modernism; literary and cultural theory; critical social theory, especially Marxism, the Frankfurt school, the sociology of culture and world-system theory. His current project is the WREC collaboration Combined and Uneven Development: Towards a New Theory of World-Literature. He has published Resistance in Postcolonial African Fiction (Yale, 1990); Nationalism and Cultural Practice in the Postcolonial World (CUP, 1999); Marxism, Modernity and Postcolonial Studies (CUP, 2002); The Cambridge Companion to Postcolonial Literary Studies (CUP, 2004); and The Postcolonial Unconscious (CUP, 2011), as well as numerous essays in such journals as Cultural Critique, Diaspora, differences, New Formations, Race & Class, Research in African Literatures, South Atlantic Quarterly, and Textual Practice. Chapters recently in the Oxford Handbook to Postcolonial Studies (ed. Graham Huggan, OUP, forthcoming 2013) and Global Modernisms (ed. Mark Wollaeger, OUP, 2012); recent essays in Textual Practice (forthcoming 2013), Journal of Postcolonial Writing (2012), Race & Class (2011), and Journal of Commonwealth Literature (2011). He is especially interested in supervising doctoral projects addressed to the world literary system or to materialist questions in postcolonial studies.

Email: N dot Lazarus at warwick dot ac dot uk

Neil Lazarus

Dr Graeme Macdonald


Graeme Macdonald's research interests lie in the relationship between literature and the social sciences, from the nineteenth century to the present; globalisation and world literature; resource culture and petrofiction; modern and contemporary Scottish and British devolutionary culture; world naturalist fiction and theory; literary and cultural theory; science fiction and ecocriticism. He is editor of Scottish Literature and Postcolonial Literature (EUP 2011) and Post Theory: New Directions in Criticism (EUP, 1999) and is currently preparing a monograph, Shifting Territory: Scottish and World Literature Since 1968 and, in the longer term, a study of oil and world fiction.

Email: G dot Macdonald at warwick dot ac dot uk


Dr Pablo Mukherjee


Pablo Mukherjee researches and supervises in the following areas: Victorian to contemporary imperial/colonial and anti-imperial/anticolonial cultures; postcolonial theory and literatures; crime fiction; travel writing; environmental/eco-theory and literatures; science fiction; comparative and world literary systems. Hi publications include Crime and Empire: Representing India in the Nineteenth-Century (OUP: Oxford, 2003); Postcolonial Environments: Nature, Culture and the Contemporary Indian Novel in English (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010); and Natural Disasters and Victorian Imperial Culture: Fevers and Famines (forthcoming; Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).

Email: U dot Mukherjee at warwick dot ac dot uk

Pablo Mukherjee

Professor Benita Parry


Benita Parry works on the literature of colonialism and imperialism and on postcolonial studies. She has contributed essays to the Said Reader (1992); Relocating Postcolonialism (2002); The Cambridge Companion to Postcolonial Literary Studies (2004); Conrad in the 21st Century (2004); Paragraph: Special Issue on The Idea of the Literary (2006); Emancipation and Representation (2006); and Journal of Postcolonial Writing (2005). She is the author of several books, including Delusions and Discoveries: Studies on India in the British Imagination (1972); Conrad and Imperialism: Ideological Boundaries and Visionary Frontiers (co-editor, 1984); Cultural Representations of Imperialism: Edward Said and the Gravity of History (co-editor, 1998); Postcolonial Criticism and Theory (co-editor, 1999); and Postcolonial Studies: A Materialist Critique (2004). Her current work is on the aesthetics of peripheral literatures, with two essays forthcoming on peripheral modernism. Her response to essays by Robert Young and Dipesh Chakrabarty on postcolonial studies has recently appeared in New Literary History; also forthcoming in Counter Text is ‘A Retrospect on the Limits of Postcolonial Studies.’

Email: B dot Parry at warwick dot ac dot uk

 Benita Parry

photo: M. Holtebrink

Professor Stephen Shapiro


Stephen Shapiro's research interests focus on writing and culture of the United States, particularly the pre-twentieth century period; cultural studies; literary theory; Marxism and world-systems analyses; urban and spatial studies; sociology of religion; television studies; and critiques of the bourgeois lifeworld as a mental disease. More broadly, late Enlightenment, nineteenth- and twentieth-/twenty-first century narrative. He is now working on two studies, a cultural study of social panics and religious energies, tentatively titled From Gothic to God: Paranormal Capitalism and Evangelical America, and The Anti-Capitalist Foucault, an argument about the necessary interconnection between Marx and Foucault. Recent collaborative projects include The Wire: Race, Class, and Genre (with Liam Kennedy, U Michigan P, 2012); an edition of Wollstonecraft's Vindication of the Rights of Woman (with Philip Barnard, Hackett, 2013); a critical translation of The Productive Body (with Philip Barnard, Zero Books, 2014); and The Political Pamphlets of Charles Brockden Brown (with Wil Verhoeven, Bucknell UP 2015). His previous publications include How to Read Foucault's Discipline and Punish (co-authored with Anne Schwan, Pluto, 2011); Ormond: or The Secret Witness, with Related Texts by Charles Brockden Brown (edited with Philip Barnard, Hackett, 2009); Wieland; or The Transformation, with Related Texts by Charles Brockden Brown (edited with Philip Barnard, Hackett, 2009); and The Culture and Commerce of the Early American Novel: Reading the Atlantic World-System (Penn State Press, 2008).

Email: S dot Shapiro at warwick dot ac dot uk


Postdoctoral Research Fellow


Dr Sorcha Gunne


Sorcha Gunne’s research interests include contemporary world literature and world literary systems, postcolonial theories and literatures, and gender studies. Her publications include Feminism, Literature and Rape Narratives: Violence and Violation (co-editor, Routledge, 2010), ‘Contemporary Caitlín: Gender and society in Celtic Tiger Popular Fiction,’ Etudes Irlandaises (2012), ‘Breaking the Bonds of Domination: Embodied Heroines, Rape Culture and Possibilities of Resistance in Short Stories by Isabel Allende and Rosario Castellanos,’ Contemporary Women’s Writing (2013) and ‘Mind the Gap: An interview with Neil Lazarus,’ Postcolonial Text (2012). She is currently working on a monograph about spaces of violence in South African writing.

Email: s dot gunne at warwick dot ac dot uk

 Sorcha Gunne

WReC Associates


Dr Sharae Deckard - University College Dublin