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My research project looks at a transnational political imagination in the literatures of South Africa, India, and New Zealand, roughly the first half of the twentieth century. I'm interested in this project because it's situated between competing and superimposed visions of internationalism, solidarity, and interconnectivity, one broadly colonialist in its perspective, and the other postcolonial. Central to this are writers such as Olive Schreiner, Rabindranath Tagore, Mulk Raj Anand, Sarojini Naidu, W. C. Scully, Katherine Mansfield, Robin Hyde, Sol T. Plaatje, and Peter Abrahams.

Other Academic Interests

the north-Atlantic avant-garde; poststructuralism; (literary) historiography, Marxism, science fiction; Pasifika literatures in English

Department: Faculty of English
Supervisor: Dr Priyamvada Gopal
College: Jesus College
AHRC subject area: Literature
Title of thesis: Speaking in the South: anticolonialism, modernities, and the re-writing of South Africa, India, and New Zealand