Publications

MONOGRAPH


  • Contemporary Fictions of Multiculturalism: Diversity and the Millennial London Novel (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

Abstract: London is one of the most diverse cities in human history. While its multicultural character has been widely celebrated in recent decades – by writers of fiction as much as by anyone – more recently multiculturalism has been said to have ‘failed’, or to have never really existed in the first place. How have recent works of fiction engaged with London's multiculturalism, and could that multiculturalism itself be regarded as a kind of ‘fiction’?

This study analyses a number of key contemporary texts (including Brick LaneWhite TeethSmall Island and Pigeon English) that engage with questions about ethnic and cultural diversity in London. It argues that in recent years the most successful and engaging works of literature about the city have attempted to assert its diversity as undeniable whilst also challenging the notion that London is an inclusive utopia which offers sanctuary and prosperity to its migrants.

Excerpts from Reviews


JOURNAL ARTICLES AND CHAPTERS IN EDITED COLLECTIONS


  • ‘“Black holes in the fabric of the nation”: Refugees in Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West’. Journal for Cultural Research (forthcoming).

  • ‘“He wished to defend a country that wasn’t his”: British Subjects and Servicemen in Andrea Levy’s Small Island and Zadie Smith’s White Teeth’. Long Shadows: The Second World War in British Literature and Film, 1943 to the present, ed. Petra Rau (Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2016), 241-262. 

  • Reluctant Fundamentalist, Eager Host? Cross-cultural Hospitality and Security Anxieties in Mohsin Hamid's Novel of Uncertainty’. Security and Hospitality: New Literary and Cultural Perspectives, eds Emily Ridge and Jeffrey Clapp (London: Routledge, 2015), 190-207.

  • ‘The Enigma of Abandonment: Re-thinking the Importance of Hanif Kureishi’s Work for Multiculturalism’. Hanif Kureishi: Contemporary Critical Perspectives, ed. Susan Alice Fischer (London: Bloomsbury, 2015), 7-20.


  • ‘Lives of Pi: on Turning Booker Prizes into Academy Awards’. Anglophone Culture Across Centuries and Borders: Proceedings from an International Cultural Studies Conference, eds Pavlína Flajšarová and Jiří Flajšar (Olomouc: University of Palacky Press, 2015), 51-61.

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  • ‘Existing in more than one plane of time: Memory and Narrative Form in Every Light in the House Burnin’’. Andrea Levy: Contemporary Critical Perspectives, eds Jeannette Baxter and David James (London: Bloomsbury, 2014), 39-52.


  • ‘“Fold the paper and pass it on”: Historical Silences and the Contrapuntal in Andrea Levy’s Fiction’. The Journal of Postcolonial Writing 46: 1 (2010), 31-41.


  • The Multicultural Bildungsroman: Stereotypes in Monica Ali’s Brick Lane’. The Journal of Commonwealth Literature 43: 3 (2008), 109-120.



CONTRIBUTIONS TO REFERENCE WORKS 

  • ‘Salman Rushdie’. Dictionary of Literary Biography 377: Twenty-first Century British Novelists, ed. Tom Ue (Farmington, MI: Gale, 2015), 258-283. Link to book on publisher's website

  • ‘Salman Rushdie: Haroun and the Sea of Stories’. The Literary Encyclopedia, January 2016. Link to piece
  • ‘Don DeLillo: Underworld’. The Literary Encyclopedia, March 2012. Link to piece
  • ‘Andrea Levy: Small Island’. The Literary Encyclopedia, February 2010. Link to piece
  • ‘Andrea Levy’. The Literary Encyclopedia, June 2009. Link to piece
  • ‘Monica Ali’. The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Contemporary British and Irish Literature (forthcoming 2020).

REVIEWS

  • Review of Flajsavora, Pavlina, Diaspora in the Fiction of Andrea Levy (Olomouc: Palacky University, 2014). The Journal of Postcolonial Writing 51: 6 (2015), 752-753. Link to journal
  • Review of Davison, Sarah, Modernist Literatures (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). The Literary London Journal 12: 1-2 (Spring/Autumn 2015)Link to piece
  • Review of Sadikali, Tamim, Dear Infidel (London: Hansib, 2014). The Literary London Journal 12: 1-2 (Spring/Autumn 2015). Link to piece
  • Review of Colombino, Laura, Spatial Politics in Contemporary London Literature: Writing Architecture and the Body (Oxford: Routledge, 2013). The Literary London Journal 10: 2 (Autumn 2013). Link to piece
  • Review of Ranasinha, Ruvani, South Asian Writers in Twentieth-Century Britain (Oxford: OUP, 2007). Forum For Modern Language Studies 44: 1 (2008), 97.

SELECTED OTHER WRITING

  • ‘Studying for a humanities PhD can make you feel cut off from humanity’, The Guardian Higher Education Network, 8 July 2014. Link to piece