Assistant Professor in Twentieth-Century and Contemporary English Literature, Faculty of Arts
MA (Hons) University of Dundee; MA, PhD University of Warwick.
Contemporary Scottish literature; black and Asian writing in Scotland and England; postcolonial studies; Caribbean literature; regional literature in Britain; devolution and the post-war British state; world literary systems and peripheral modernism.
Outreach and Public Engagement
I have taught Literary Studies for the Workers' Educational Association and acted as a voluntary tutor for the Brilliant Club, an organisation dedicated to widening participation at universities in Britain. I have given interviews to student radio and will soon be appearing at the Birmingham Salon to discuss the Scottish Independence Referendum.
I currently teach and/or lecture on the following modules:
My current monograph project focuses on the representation of race, national experience and British state politics in contemporary Scottish writing. The central thesis of the monograph, drawing on… read more
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My current monograph project focuses on the representation of race, national experience and British state politics in contemporary Scottish writing. The central thesis of the monograph, drawing on writers such as Jackie Kay, James Robertson, Luke Sutherland, Suhayl Saadi and Leila Aboulela, is that contemporary Scottish literature represents a nationally distinctive experience and imagination of race. The project thus constitutes a devolutionary process applied to black British scholarship. The resultant concept of black Scotland presents a tripartite challenge: to a narrative of ethnic Scottishness, to the unitary status and regional biases of black Britain, and to the state-led definition of national Britain itself. The monograph is intended to advance race as a critical paradigm in Scottish literature, and open productive new avenues of discourse in black British scholarship, particularly with respect to national and transnational modes of analysis.
The concept for my next major research project is the role played by black writers in imagining English nationhood, citizenship, and civic participation in the post-war period. This would elaborate the idea of a 'devolved' black Britain and examine a black English challenge to both a state politics of race and the evolution and persistence of a post-imperial ethnic definition of Englishness.
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