Biography

Before joining Keele in January 2021, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Oxford Centre for Life Writing, and at the University of Leeds, where I was awarded my doctorate in 2020. My PhD thesis examined the legacies of the British Empire in twentieth-century women’s life writing. I am interested in all forms of postcolonial, modern and contemporary writing, and am particularly concerned with autobiographical narratives.  

Research and scholarship

My research centres on women’s life writing, focussing on a particular historical juncture when colonial rule was being dismantled across Britain’s former Empire. I am currently working on a monograph study of three life writers — Penelope Lively, Doris Lessing and Janet Frame — who wrote and rewrote their memories of growing up in colonies, former colonies and protectorates of the British Empire across numerous autobiographical texts.
My wider post-imperial interests extend beyond English literature and I am currently working on a co-edited collection of essays for Manchester University Press examining the aftermath of colonialism in social spaces, institutions, texts and local histories across Britain. Having worked for several years with the team of researchers at PositiveNegatives (SOAS), I am also interested in the power of graphic life narratives and continue to write about comics, visual cultures and illustration for a range of public and academic platforms.

Teaching

I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education academy and, during the 2020-2021 academic year I will be teaching on:

  • Texts and Contexts (Level 4)
  • Victorian Performances (Level 5)
  • Postcolonial and World Literature (Level 6)
  • Reflective Practice in the Humanities (MA)

Publications

Selected Publications

‘Speculation in the Aftermath of Empire’, Critical Quarterly (forthcoming, 2021)
‘“An Island of Whiteness”: Re-reading Penelope Lively’s Oleander, Jacaranda (1994)’, Wasafiri, 35:3 (2020)
'Imperial Debris in Janet Frame's To the Is-Land', Life Writing (2020)
‘"To Create Her World Anew": Charlotte Salomon’s Life? or Theatre? as Graphic Life-Narrative’ in Documenting Trauma: Comics and the Politics of Memory, ed. by Dominic Davies and Candida Rifkind (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020)

Books

British Culture After Empire: Migration, Race and Decolonisation, 1945-Present (co-edited collection with Joshua Doble and Liam Liburd, forthcoming, Manchester University Press)

Journal Articles

‘Speculation in the Aftermath of Empire’, Critical Quarterly (forthcoming, 2021)
‘“An Island of Whiteness”: Re-reading Penelope Lively’s Oleander, Jacaranda (1994)’, Wasafiri, 35:3 (2020)
'Imperial Debris in Janet Frame's To the Is-Land', Life Writing (2020)
with Sara Wong and Rachel Shapcott, 'Graphic lives, visual stories: reflections on practice', Auto/Biography Studies, 35:2 (2020)
‘Penelope Lively’s Speculative Life Writing’, Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writing, vol. 18 (July 2018)

Book Chapters

‘"To Create Her World Anew": Charlotte Salomon’s Life? or Theatre? as Graphic Life-Narrative’ in Documenting Trauma: Comics and the Politics of Memory, ed. by Dominic Davies and Candida Rifkind (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020)

Journal Reviews

Review Essay: Free Woman by Lara Feigel', Doris Lessing Studies, 2018
'Echoes of the Past', Wasafiri: International Contemporary Writing, 2018

Other

'This young woman created 784 paintings...', The Conversation, 2020
Podcast interview: Elleke Boehmer's The Shouting in the Dark and Other Southern Writings, 2020
‘Settlers and Outsiders: British Writers at the End of Empire’, Postcolonial Writers Make Worlds, 2020
'Refugee Comics: Personal Stories of Forced Migration Told in a Powerful New Way', The Conversation, 14 November 2018.
'Literature Review: Mobilising Histories of Discrimination, Persecution and Genocide to Make Progress Towards Sustainable Development Goals', Transnational Holocaust Memory, May 2018
‘“I Didn’t Have Time to be Anyone’s Muse”: The Hidden Lives of Female Surrealists’, The Oxonian Review, September 2017
Familiar Stranger: A Life Between Two Islands by Stuart Hall and Bill Schwarz’, The Postcolonial Studies Association Newsletter, September 2017