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Postcolonial and Black Atlantic Literature

Interests and expertise in this research cluster range across the literatures of Africa, South Asia and the Caribbean, and include world literature, transnational diasporic writing and Black British writing.

At the core of the work done by our cluster is a theoretically informed concern with archives, readers, and the historical contexts of literature. As with other research clusters in the School, our critical work in the postcolonial and Black Atlantic literary fields connects compellingly with our creative work.

Our staff and students’ research ranges from Afromodernist London, cultures of slavery and the Middle Passage, and Italian anticolonialism, to the cultural history of West African and Caribbean writing at the BBC. We also organise a number of international and high-profile events, bringing authors and debates about postcolonial and world literature to a wide audience in North-East England.

Staff and students in this area are active members of the Newcastle University Postcolonial Research Group.

This dynamic research culture provides a well-resourced environment for our thriving community of postgraduate students.

Postcolonial and Black Atlantic Literature students