I am a Reader in Contemporary Literature and Culture at Liverpool John Moores University. I have previously taught at Bilkent University, at the University of Cambridge (where I obtained my PhD), and in London. My main research and teaching interests are in contemporary British literature, postcolonial studies, modernist and postmodernist literature, film and adaptation studies, and theory. I am regarded as a leading expert on the celebrated, award-winning writer Andrea Levy, and am currently carrying out externally-funded research on her archive. I have also co-edited some of Levy's previously unseen work for posthumous publication. My book Contemporary Fictions of Multiculturalism was published with Palgrave in 2014. My work has also appeared in publications such as ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature, The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, The Journal of Postcolonial Writing, The Journal for Cultural Research, Dictionary of Literary Biography, The Literary Encyclopedia, and numerous edited collections. I am currently writing a book on Levy for Manchester University Press, and am also working on a project that relates to screen adaptations of contemporary transnational fiction. I have appeared on local and national radio, and have written for The Guardian's Higher Education Network. I welcome enquiries from students considering postgraduate research in any of my areas of interest.
Research and Teaching Interests:
Contemporary British literature
Modernist and postmodernist literature
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2017 to present).
PhD in English Literature, University of Cambridge (Clare Hall) 2011 (fully funded by the AHRC). Thesis: ‘Celebrated Fictions of Multicultural London of the 1990s and 2000s’. Supervisor: Professor Priyamvada Gopal.
MA (Distinction) in Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Literature, University of Nottingham 2006 (fully funded by the AHRC).
BA (First Class with Honours) in English Literature, University of East Anglia 2004.
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