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20082020

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Supervisory Interests

I would be happy to talk to students about PhD projects in contemporary literature, cultural and queer studies.

Specific areas might include:

  • Black British Literature and Culture
  • European Literature
  • Postcolonialism
  • Postcommunism
  • Representations of migration and specifically 'Eastern European' migration
  • Literary and cultural representations of Brexit
  • LGBTQ+ Literature

My current supervision includes the following PhD projects:

Kadija George Raising the voice and visibility of independent Black publishers http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/techne/for-students/techne-students/techne-students/techne-students-2016/george

Najma Yusufi, Leave To Remain” (novel); Dissertation component –“The theoretical fictional study of Faria’s character in Leave To Remain and the impact of double consciousness in second generation British Asian writing.’’

Jagon Chichon, 'The Framing of UK Refugees, Asylum Seekers, Immigrants & Migrants (RASIM) on the TV debate show Question Time following the Brexit referendum'

 

Scholarly biography

I graduated with a BA in English Language and English Literature and then went on to undertake my postgraduate studies at London Metropolitan University, receiving an MA with Distinction in Literature and Modernity. I completed my PhD in 2010 at Kingston University (fully-funded, ORSAS and Teaching Assistant scholarship). I have taught at Kingston University (2007-2011) before joining the Literature team at Brighton in 2012. I currently hold the position of Principal Lecturer (Literature) and co-lead the Academic Programme at Falmer for English Literature, Media, Creative Writing, English Language and Linguistics UG and PG courses.

Research interests

My reseach interests are in contemporary literature and culture, most specifically in Black British and post-communist/'Eastern European' writing.

My recent monograph - the first book about the representations of 'Eastern European' migrants in contemporary British literature and culture - provides a comprehensive study of this 'wave' of migration to the UK and Western Europe following the enlargement of the EU in the 21st century, the social and political changes after the fall of communism, and the Brexit vote. It explores the recurring figures of 'Eastern Europeans' as a new reservoir of cheap labour in multiple contemporary cultural texts:

https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9781137537911#aboutBook

I am currently working on a series of invited contributions which include articles and book chapters on Eastern Europeans and Brexit/in 'BrexLit', Andrea Levy, Bernardine Evaristo, and community in contemporary British literature. I am also working on the next book on contemporary Black British women's writing.

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