- PGCertHE (Middlesex)
- PhD Comparative Literary Studies (Warwick)
- MA English Literature (Warwick)
- BA Hons English Literature (Warwick)
My current research project aims at understanding and critiquing the spectacular (re)emergence of ‘world literature’ in the Anglo-American academy. I have a number of articles in preparation on the subject, paying particular attention to the writing and reception of ‘minor’ writers from southern Africa across: Charles Mungoshi, Brian Chikwava and Ivan Vladislavić. Alongside Mike Niblett (University of Warwick) and Sharae Deckard (University College Dublin) I convene the ‘Spectres of World Literature’ research network and organised the symposium ‘Ghosts, Mediums, Materialities: Reading, Writing and Reception in World Literature’ (2010), the conference ‘Spectres of World Literature’ (2011) and edited the Journal of Postcolonial Writing special edition ‘Postcolonial Studies and World Literature’ (December 2012). My work on the 'problem' of world literature has developed out of more specific interests in postcolonial literary and cultural studies, in particular the representation of land and landscape in southern African writing; the aesthetics of postcolonial urbanism; and the rise and fall of ‘multiculturalism’ in recent British film and fiction. Outputs form these projects include a monograph, Land and Nationalism in Fictions from Southern Africa (Routledge, 2009), as well as articles and book chapters that explore: gender and abjection in Zimbabwean fiction; migration and mobility in representations of Johannesburg; Ivan Vladislavić’s writings on art and the postcolonial city; the representation of the southern African ecosystem in Nadine Gordimer’s recent fiction; a number of contributions in the Oxford Companion to Black British History; the global city as a purgatorial space in Stephen Frears’s film Dirty Pretty Things; Gautam Malkani’s Londonstani and the ‘marketing multiculturalism’ debate; the relationship between branding and cultural identity in Britain after Thatcher and New Labour.
I have taught and developed a wide range of modules in media and literary studies and as Programme Leader for BA Advertising, PR and Media have recently been involved in the redesign of the entire Communication and Culture Directorate curriculum. Specific modules I have designed and taught include: Media Studies: Advertising and PR in Context; Practices of Promotional Culture; Issues in Promotional Culture; Media for Advertising and Marketing; Marketing: PR and Promotion; Methods and Issues in Developing Research Projects. Literary Studies: Modes of Reading; Literature in the Modern World; Postcolonial Bodies; Film and Fiction of the Thatcher Years; Film and Fiction of the Blair Years; London: Diaspora and Difference; Early Twentieth Century Literature; Late Twentieth Century Literature; Writing the City. PhD supervision: Kerstin Mueller, The Revival of a City. Reimagining New Orleans through US Television and its Media Paratexts (October 2011 - present). Kerstin's was one of only three AHRC scholarships allocated for PhD research in cultural studies in 2011. I would welcome applications from any students interested in pursuing Doctoral study across my areas of expertise, especially postcolonial urban studies and world literature.