School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Staff Profile

Dr Neelam Srivastava

Reader in Postcolonial and Comparative Literature



Laurea in Lettere (Universita` di Roma "La Sapienza")

M.Phil. (Oxon)

D.Phil. (Oxon) 

Previous Positions

Lecturer in Commonwealth Literature and Literary Theory, University of Cambridge


Postcolonial Studies Association

IIAS (International Institute of Asian Studies)

American Comparative Literature Association

Administrative Roles

I am Postgraduate Research Director for the School of English for the academic year 2017-18.


Research Interests

Indian/South Asian literature in English, theories and narratives of violence, anti-colonial and postcolonial cinema, Italian colonialism, postcolonial literature, and postcolonial theory.

Current Work

I have just published a book, Italian Colonialism and Resistances to Empire, 1930-1970, which has come out in 2018 with Palgrave's Cambridge Series in Colonial and Postcolonial Histories. My book, a cultural history of Italian colonialism, examines the public discourses and perceptions arising from specific moments of colonial/anti-colonial engagement: the invasion of Ethiopia by Mussolini in 1935, discourses surrounding Italian trusteeship in Somalia, and intellectuals' reactions to the Algerian war of 1954-62. A key focus of my project is the complex relationship between the development of European Marxism and anti-colonial movements. 

Postgraduate Supervision

Areas of supervision: colonial/postcolonial studies and Italy, postcolonial South Asian/Indian literature, anti-colonial/postcolonial cinema. 

I am currently supervising the following PhD project:  

Marco Medugno, "Writing Diasporic Identities: Somali Voices in Postcolonial Literature"

Esteem Indicators

Co-founder of The Postcolonial Print Cultures International Research Network, a collaborative project between Newcastle and New York University:

Visiting Scholar, Brown University, 2016

Associate Editor, Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies


Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship, "Decolonizing Europe: Italian Colonialism and Resistances to Empire", 2012-2013. Value of award: £41,000.  

Principal Investigator: international research network funded by Leverhulme Trust, on "Postcolonial Translation: The Case of South Asia". Value of award: £65,072. Length of project: 2008-2011.

Grant from the Faculty Research Fund of £2,945 to develop my project on "A Postcolonial Europe?Towards a History of Anti-colonialism in Europe".

British Academy overseas conference grant of £700 to present a paper at the annual conference of the American Comparative Literature Association in Puebla, Mexico (April 2007).


Undergraduate Teaching

Fictions of Migration, Stage 2 module

Writing the Postcolonial Nation: Literature from the Indian Subcontinent, Stage 3 module

Post-graduate Teaching

Literary Geographies, MA in English Literature