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Postcolonial and World-Literary Studies

Michael Bell, BA, PhD (London) – Professor Emeritus
European fiction from Cervantes onwards with a special focus on the modern period including D. H. Lawrence. The Cervantean interest also spreads into Latin-American fiction, as in Gabriel García Márquez: Solitude and Solidarity (Macmillan, 1993). His reading is often philosophically inflected, as in Sentimentalism, Ethics and the Culture of Feeling (Palgrave, 2000). The same applies to the topic of his previous book, Literature, Modernity and Myth (CUP, 1997), which discusses the relations of relativity and belief. He is currently preparing a study of education, authority and the novel as reflected in the form of the Bildungsroman. He is also a member of the Modern and Contemporary Writing research group.

Ross Forman, AB (Harvard), MA, PhD (Stanford) - Assistant Professor

Taught at the National University of Singapore for four years and worked previously for the Centre for Asian and African Literatures, based at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. His research focus is British imperialism during the long ninteenth century, with a special interest in the relationship between Britain and China and Southeast Asia, as well as Latin America. He is working currently on a book entitled China and the Victorian Imagination: Empires Entwined (Cambridge UP, forthcoming).

Maureen Freely, AB (Harvard) – Professor

Author of six novels (Mother’s Helper, The Life of the Party, The Stork Club, Under the Vulcania, The Other Rebecca, and - most recently - Enlightenment) as well as three works of non-fiction (Pandora's Clock, What About Us? An Open Letter to the Mothers Feminism Forgot, and The Parent Trap). Translator of five books by the Turkish Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk (Snow, The Black Book, Istanbul: Memories of a City, Other Colours and The Museum of Innocence), she is active in various campaigns to champion free expression. She also works with campaigns aiming to promote world literature in English translation. She has been a regular contributor to the Guardian, the Observer, the Independent and the Sunday Times for two decades, writing on feminism, family and social policy, Turkish culture and politics, and contemporary writing. She is also a member of the Modern and Contemporary Writing research group.

Michael Gardiner, BA, MA (Oxford); MA (London); PhD (St. Andrews)

Works on twentieth-century cultural, literary, and political history, particularly relating to British or post-British questions of nation, empire, and constitutional negotiation. Also works on Euro-Japanese comparison, particularly in the long, post-1868, era of modernism. Books include The Cultural Roots of British Devolution, Modern Scottish Culture, Scottish Critical Theory Since 1960, Escalator, The Life of Thomas B. Glover, and the forthcoming The Return of England in English Literature, The Constitution of English Literature, Global Modernisms, and British and Japanese Modernism. On the editorial boards of Our Kingdom, IJSL, and Textual Practice. Welcomes research proposals in these areas. He is also a member of the Modern and Contemporary Writing research group and the Critical Theory research group.

Neil Lazarus, BA (Witwatersrand), MA (Essex), PhD (Keele) – Professor

‘Postcolonial’ literatures and cultures (African, especially, but also Caribbean, South and South-East Asian and disaporic/Black Atlanticist); ‘postcolonial’ theory; theories of imperialism, nationalism, and anticolonial resistance; globalization; comparative modernities. More broadly, 19th and 20th century literature; the novel in English; literature of Empire; modernist literature and theories of modernism; literary theory. Publications include Resistance in Postcolonial African Fiction (Yale, 1990), Nationalism and Cultural Practice in the Postcolonial World (CUP, 1999), Marxism, Modernity and Postcolonial Studies (CUP 2000), The Cambridge Companion to Postcolonial Literary Studies (CUP, 2004), The Postcolonial Unconscious, (CUP, 2010). He is also a member of the Critical Theory research group.

Pablo Mukherjee, BA, MA (Jadavpur University, Calcutta), M.Phil (Oxford), PhD (Cambridge) – Associate Professor (Reader)

Researches Victorian and contemporary colonial/post-colonial literatures, eco-criticism, cultural materialism and genre fictions. He is the author of two books - Crime and Empire (OUP 2003) and Postcolonial Environments (Palgrave, 2010), and a wide range of scholarly articles. He has recently edited a special issue of the Yearbook of English Studies on 'Victorian World Literatures' (41:2, 2011), and has chapters in the forthcoming New Cambridge History of English Literature: The Victorians (CUP, 2012) and the Oxford Handbook of Eco-Criticism. Pablo Mukherjee is writing his next monograph, 'Natural Disasters and Palliative Empire: Fevers, Famines and Victorian Writing (forthcoming, Palgrave: 2013) and is finishing a joint-authored book on 'Peripheral Modernism' with the members of the Warwick Research Collective. He is also a member of the British Writing and Culture 1750-1900 research group.

Benita Parry, BSoc Sc (Cape Town), BA, MA (Birmingham), DLitt (York) - Professor Emerita

The literature of colonialism and imperialism, colonial discourse analysis, and postcolonial theory. Her books are Delusions and Discoveries: Studies on India in the British Imagination (1972), republished with a new preface by Verso 1998; Conrad and Imperialism: Ideological Boundaries and Visionary Frontiers (1984); and Postcolonial Studies: A Materialist Critique (Routledge 2004). On the colonial discourse/postcolonial discussion, she is the author of journal articles and essays for The Edward Said Reader (1992) in the Blackwell series of Critical Readers, and the volume Colonial Discourse/Postcolonial Theory, in a series of Essex symposia on literature, politics and theory (Manchester University Press, 1994). She has also written on South African cultural debates and on the fiction of J. M. Coetzee, co-edited Cultural Representations of Imperialism: Edward Said and the Gravity of History (1998), and co-edited a volume of Essays and Studies No. 1997: Postcolonial Criticism and Theory for the English Association (1999). Current work includes essays on Conrad, Forster and Wells, and a further critical consideration of current directions in the postcolonial discussion. She is also a member of the Critical Theory research group.

Mark Storey, BA (UWE), MA (Manchester), PhD (Nottingham) - Assistant Professor

American writing; in particular U.S. imperialism and literature since the late eighteenth century, classical reception in the U.S., cultural geography and 'regionalism', genre fiction (gothic, including film, and the historical novel), travel writing, and the field of time/temporality studies as it relates to American literary history. He has written on a number of American writers including Mark Twain, Henry James, Sarah Orne Jewett, William Dean Howells, and Gore Vidal. Publications include the monograph Rural Fictions, Urban Realities: A Geography of Gilded Age American Literature (OUP, 2013), and essays in Modernism/modernity, Nineteenth-Century Literature, and Studies in American Fiction, amongst others. He is also a member of the American Literature and Culture research group.

Rashmi Varma, BA, MA (Delhi), PhD (University of Illinois, Chicago) – Associate Professor

Research interests in South Asian, African and Caribbean literatures in English; more generally, postcolonial studies and postcolonial theory; feminist theory, Marxism and cultural materialism; cultural studies. Publications on citizenship in the postcolonial city; the figure of the ‘tribal’ in Anglophone Indian writing; (im)migration and diaspora; and the postcolonial public sphere. She has recently published The Postcolonial City (Routledge, 2011). She is also a member of the Critical Theory research group.

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