Postcolonial studies in Modern Languages at Nottingham is a multidisciplinary area of research incorporating anthropology, economics, politics, history, sociology, literature and cultural studies. We take a keen interest in the colonial histories interlinking France, Germany, Spain and Portugal with their former colonies in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and Francophone Canada. We explore the cultural legacies of colonial history both overseas (in the former colonies) and within Europe, the uses of postcolonial methodology for cultural critique, and the postcolonial re-reading of intra-European imperial history.
Research students explore colonial legacies and postcolonial conditions in Francophone Africa, Brazil and Cuba, or they work across languages, investigating national histories, literatures, and cultures from a comparative perspective. Current and recent projects include Rwandan women’s testimonial writing; hybridity in the works of the Mauritian writer Ananda Devi; German and Anglophone responses to Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness; Volga-German history in postcolonial perspective; the Cuban war of independence; and urban water governance in Lusophone Africa.
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