The researchers who make up the Centre for Comparative Literature.
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Lucia Boldrini, Director
Lucia Boldrini is Professor of English and Comparative Literature in the Department of English & Creative Writing at Goldsmiths. Her research interests include fictional biography and autobiography; Joyce, Dante and modernist medievalism; comparative literature; and literature on and from the Mediterranean area.
Among her books: Autobiographies of Others: Historical Subjects and Literary Fiction (2012); Joyce, Dante, and the Poetics of Literary Relations (2001); and as editor, Experiments in Life-Writing: Intersections of Auto/Biography and Fiction, with Julia Novak (2017).
She was Academic Co-Director, with Ivan Callus and Stella Borg Barthet, of the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership “Mediterranean Imaginaries: Literature, Arts, Culture” (2016-2018). She has been General Coordinator of the European Network of Comparative Literature Studies (REELC/ENCLS, now ESCL/SELC), and currently serves as Vice-President of the International Comparative Literature Association. In 2014 she was elected to the Academia Europaea.
Clare Finburgh-Delijani, Deputy Director
Professor Clare Finburgh Delijani is a teacher and researcher in the Department of Theatre and Performance at Goldsmiths. She has written and edited many books and articles on French, Francophone and UK theatre. Across all her publications, she addresses some of the most pressing political and social issues of the modern world: the ecological crisis, global conflict, and migrant and post-migrant identities and communities.
Her most recent book examines how contemporary theatre in France looks back at histories of colonialism in Africa, the Caribbean and South East Asia, to understand identity, community and nation today. She looks at contemporary theatre-makers including Marine Bachelot Nguyen, Alexandra Badea, Nasser Djemaï, Latifa Laâbissi, Caroline Guiela Nguyen, Léonora Miano and Dieudonné Niangouna, to illustrate how postcolonial arts can promote racial and social justice by viewing contemporary societies through the prism of colonial pasts.
Clare’s publications include a special issue of Théâtre/Public on the Situationist International (2019), The Great Stage Directors: Littlewood, Planchon, Strehler (2018, with Peter Boenisch), Watching War on the Twenty-First-Century Stage: Spectacles of Conflict (2017), Rethinking the Theatre of the Absurd: Ecology, the Environment and the Greening of the Modern Stage (2015, with Carl Lavery) and Jean Genet (2012, with David Bradby). She is the co-founder and current Secretary General of the European Association for the Study of Theatre and Performance.
Marie-Claude Canova Green, Deputy Director
Marie-Claude Canova Green is Professor of French at Goldsmiths. She has research interests in early modern European court entertainments and other forms of large-scale public spectacles, and has published widely on the topic.
In particular she has edited a four-volume collection of French seventeenth-century ballet libretti, as well as two volumes of collected essays on early modern festivals, Writing Royal Entries in Early Modern Europe (with Jean Andrews) and The Wedding of Charles and Henrietta Maria. Celebrations and Controversy (1615) (with Sara Wolfson). She has also published monographs on La Politique spectacle au grand siècle. Les rapports franco-anglais; on Faire le roi: L'autre corps de Louis XIII; on Molière’s comédies-ballets and more generally on French drama across the centuries.
Rajyashree Pandey is Professor of Japanese Studies in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Goldsmiths. She has published widely in the areas of medieval Japanese literature, Buddhism, gender, postcolonial studies and popular culture.
She is particularly interested in examining the applicability of categories such as woman, body and gender, all of which emerged in the West, for understanding non-Western pasts and presents. Her research in manga and anime considers how political concerns and ideologies are reflected in these contemporary artistic forms.
Among her publications: Perfumed Sleeves and Tangled Hair: Body, Woman, and Desire in Medieval Japanese Narratives (2016). She has taught at the Department of Asian Studies at Washington University, at the Department of Religions at the University of Hawaii, at Tallinn University, and was Head of Asian Studies at La Trobe University. She has held a number of Fellowships in Japan, including the Japan Foundation Fellowship.
Isabel Capeloa Gil
Isabel Capeloa Gil is Professor of German and Comparative Culture Studies at UCP’s Faculty of Human Sciences (Lisbon). She is an Honorary Fellow at the School of Advanced Studies (University of London) and has held Visiting Professorships at the National University of Ireland (Galway), the University of Hamburg, LMU Munich, PUC-Rio de Janeiro and USJ (Macau).
Her work is structured around issues of diversity, gender and conflict and the exploration of the disciplinary boundaries between literature, the arts and other disciplines. An author of over 150 publications in Portuguese, English, German, French, Italian and Spanish, some of her titles include Fleeting, Floating, Flowing: Water Writing and Modernity (K&Neumann, 2010); Literacia Visual (2012); Hazardous Future: Disaster, Representation and the Assessment of Risk (de Gruyter, 2015), The Cultural Life of Money (de Gruyter, 2016), Humanidade(s). Considerações Radicalmente Contemporâneas (2016), and The Ballets Russes. Modernity After Diaghilev (2018).
She has worked consistently to develop international research networks, exploring the different ways in which the practice of the arts and humanities is pivotal to advance a more sustainable and intellectually robust global research and education agenda. Dr Gil was a Fulbrighter, a DAAD and Gulbenkian Fellowship recipient as well as a Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin, and at Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Center. In 2019 she was recognized as one of the top Women in Science by the Portuguese Science and Technology Agency. Amongst her honors are an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Sciences from Boston College and the University of Lisbon Alumni Award (2019). She was nominated for Academia Europaea in 2020.
Isabel Gil was a member of the ICLA’s Executive Committee from 2010-2016 and Chair of the Early-Career committee (2016-2019). She is currently the Rector of the Catholic University of Portugal (UCP).
David Johnston is Professor of Hispanic Studies and Translation in the Centre for Translation and Interpreting at Queen’s University Belfast. He has published widely on the theory and practice of translation.
He is currently co-editing Debates in Translation Studies, with Susan Bassnett (for Routledge), which seeks to build on and develop their work on what they have termed the ‘outward turn’ in translation as both theory and practice (in The Translator, 25, 2019). David is also a multi-award winning translator of plays for professional performance, and has produced work for, among others, the RSC, the Royal Court, the Washington Shakespeare Theatre, and the BBC. He is currently working on a volume of the complete plays of Lorca in English.
Wen-chin Ouyang FBA is Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature at SOAS, University of London. Born in Taiwan and raised in Libya, she has a BA in Arabic from Tripoli University and a PhD in Middle Eastern Studies from Columbia University.
She works in Arabic-Chinese comparative literary and cultural studies, including Silk Road Studies. She is the author of Literary Criticism in Medieval Arabic-Islamic Culture: The Making of a Tradition (1997), Poetics of Love in the Arabic Novel (2012) and Politics of Nostalgia in the Arabic Novel (2013). She has published widely on The Thousand and One Nights, often in comparison with classical and modern Arabic narrative traditions, European and Hollywood cinema, magic realism, and Chinese storytelling.
She founded and co-edits Edinburgh Studies in Classical Arabic Literature, is Editor-in-Chief of Middle Eastern Literatures and co-chairs the Editorial Committee of Legenda Studies in Comparative Literature. She was a judge for Man Booker International Prize for Fiction 2013-15 and for the Saif Ghobash Banipal Literary Translation Prize in 2017.
Haun Saussy is University Professor at the University of Chicago, teaching in the departments of Comparative Literature and East Asian Languages & Civilizations as well as in the Committee on Social Thought.
His work attempts to bring the lessons of classical and modern rhetoric to bear on several periods, languages, disciplines and cultures. Among his books are The Problem of a Chinese Aesthetic (1994), Great Walls of Discourse (2001), The Ethnography of Rhythm (2016), Translation as Citation: Zhuangzi Inside Out (2017), Are We Comparing Yet? (2019) and the edited collections Sinographies (2007), Comparative Literature in an Age of Globalization (2008), and Partner to the Poor: A Paul Farmer Reader (2010).
As translator, he has produced versions of works by Li Zhi (A Book to Burn and a Book to Keep Hidden, co-edited, 2016), Jean Métellus (When the Pipirite Sings, 2019) and Tino Caspanello (Three Plays: Sea, Pictures from a Revolution, and Bounds, 2020), among others. He is a former Guggenheim Fellow, a fellow of the American Academy in Berlin, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. A collective blog he animates with several others is accessible at printculture.com.
Khalid Amine is a Professor of Performance Studies at the Faculty of Letters and Humanities at Abdelmalek Essaadi University, Tétouan, Morocco. He has been a Research Fellow at the International Research Center “Interweaving Performance Cultures” at Freie Universität Berlin and is now Member of the Advisory Board. He is the winner of the 2007 Helsinki Prize of the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR). He was Friedrich Hölderlin Guest Professor at Goethe-University, Frankfurt/M., Germany (2017/18).
Since 2007, he has been the Founding President of the International Centre for Performance Studies (ICPS) in Tangiers, and convener of its annual international conferences. He was a member of IFTR Ex-Com (2011–2018); Head of Jury at the Arab Theatre Festival (6th Edition, Sharjah 2014). Among his published books, feature Beyond Brecht (1996), Moroccan Theatre between East and West (2000), Fields of Silence in Moroccan Theatre (2004), and Dramatic Art and the Myth of Origins (2007). Amine is co-author with Distinguished Professor Marvin Carlson of The Theatres of Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia: Performance Traditions of the Maghreb (2012); he is the co-editor of Performing Transformations (2012), The Art of Dialogue: East-West (2014), Intermediality, Performance and the Public Sphere (2014), Memory and Theatre (2015), and also editor of the Arab Journal of Performance Studies (AJPS).
Catherine Boyle is Professor of Latin American Cultural Studies at King’s College London and Director of the Centre for Language Acts and Worldmaking. Her research areas include cultural studies, theatre as text and in performance, and translation, and her work is by the interest in how cultural expressions are produced within their socio-historic context.
Her publications include Chilean Theater, 1973-1985: Marginality, Power and Selfhood (1992), the translation of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz’s Los empeños de una casa as House of Desires (2004), following a collaboration with Royal Shakespeare Company for their Spanish Golden Age Season, and, as co-editor with David Johnston, The Spanish Golden Age in English. Perspectives on Performance (2007).
She is Principal Investigator on the major Research Grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council on Spanish and Spanish American Theatres in Translation. A Virtual Environment for Research and Practice, now commonly known as Out of the Wings and she runs the ‘Translating Cultural Extremity Project’, working with theatre practitioners interested in testing the possibilities of translating experiences that seem remote from ours.
Ivan Callus is Professor of English at the University of Malta, where he teaches courses in post-1945 British and American literature and in literary criticism and theory.
He has published and edited widely in the areas of contemporary writing, comparative literature, poststructuralist literary theory and posthumanism. He is General Co-Editor of CounterText: A Journal of the Post-Literary, launched with Edinburgh University Press in 2015, and a founding member of the Critical Posthumanism Research Network.
Ipshita Chanda is Professor of Comparative Literature at the Department of Comparative Literature, The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad.
She received her PhD from Jadavpur University, Kolkata and taught at the department of Comparative Literature there from 1993 to 2017. Her areas of interest include theory of literature, comparative literature, Indian language literatures. She was Professor of Indian Culture as Indian Council of Cultural Relations Chair at Georgetown University, Washington DC, in 2013-14.
Among her publications: Packaging Freedom: Feminism and Popular Culture (2003), Tracing the Charit as a Genre: An Exploration in Comparative Literature Methodology (2003), and Selfing the City: Single Women Migrants and Their Lives in Kolkata (2017) and, as co-editor, Locating Cultural Change: Theory, Method, Process (2011) and Shaping the Discourse: Women’s Writings in Bengali Periodicals: 1865–1947 (2014). She translates between Hindi, Bangla, Urdu and English.
César Domínguez Prieto
César Domínguez is Associate Professor of comparative literature at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
He held the Jean Monnet Chair "The Culture of European Integration" between 2012 and 2015, and Honorary Chair Professor at Sichuan University, China. His teaching and research focus upon theory of comparative literature, European literature, translation, cosmopolitanism and world literature.
Françoise Lavocat is Professor of Comparative Literature at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle. She was a member of the Wissenschaftkolleg in Berlin (2014-1015), and is a member of the Institut Universitaire de France (2015-2020) and of the Academia Europaea (since 2016).
She specializes in the theories of fiction (characters, possible worlds, the relationship between fact and fiction), narratives and the memory of disasters. Among her main publications: Arcadies malheureuses, aux origines du roman moderne (1997), La Syrinx au bûcher, Pan et les satyres à la renaissance et à l'âge baroque (2005), Pestes, Incendies naufrages, Ecritures du désastre au XVIIe siècle (2010), Fait et fiction: pour une frontière (2016, Italian translation 2020); and, as editor, Usages et théories de la fiction, la théorie contemporaine à l'épreuve des textes anciens (2004), La théorie littéraire des mondes possibles (2010), Interpretation littéraire et sciences cognitives (2016).
Her most recent book is Les Personnages rêvent aussi (2020). She was president of the French Society of General and Comparative Literature (2013-2014) and since 2018 has been director of the International Society for Research on Fiction and Fictionality.
LUO Lianggong is professor of English at Central China Normal University, Wuhan, China. Concurrently he is chief editor of Foreign Language and Literature Review, associate editor-in-chief of Foreign Literature Studies, and member of the Editorial Board of academic journals in China and abroad.
He serves as executive director of Chinese/American Association for Poetry and Poetics (CAAP), and standing director of China Association for the Study of American Literature. His academic research is focused mainly on English poetry, African American Literature, comparative literature, and literary translation study. He has published over 80 articles in these fields and over 10 books such as A Survey of English Poetry (2002, 2005), The Interplay between Art and Politics: On Langston Hughes’s Poetry (2010) and LANGUAGE Poetics (2013). His forthcoming monographs include Ideolectical Writing: A Study of Contemporary American Poetry and A History of the 20th-century African American Poetry.
Other credits include Our Town (Regents Open Air) and The Wolves (Stratford East); Othello (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at the Globe); the Lyric’s annual pantomime – Aladdin (2016) and Cinderella (2015); The Rolling Stone (Orange Tree Theatre and Manchester Royal Exchange); The Remains of Maisie Duggan (Abbey Theatre, Dublin); The Glass Menagerie (Headlong); Anna Karenina (Manchester Royal Exchange); Henry the Fifth (Unicorn Theatre); Glitterland (Secret Theatre/Lyric Hammersmith) and Ivan and the Dogs (Actors Touring Company/Soho Theatre) – nominated for an Olivier Award. Ellen was formerly part of the Secret Theatre Company at the Lyric Hammersmith. She trained as an assistant to Katie Mitchell and Marianne Elliott. She was awarded an International Artists’ Development Award (ACE/British Council) in 2012.
Royona Mitra is the author of Akram Khan: Dancing New Interculturalism (Palgrave, 2015), which was awarded the 2017 de la Torre Bueno First Book Award awarded by Dance Studies Association (DSA).
She is a Reader in Dance and Performance Cultures and Associate Dean in Equality and Diversity at Brunel University London, and her scholarship examines intersectionalities between bodies, race, gender, sexuality, postcoloniality, decoloniality and anti-coloniality in performance.
Her current book project titled Unmaking Contact is an anti-racist, anti-casteist and anti-colonial interrogation of contact improvisation and partnering, towards an intersectional theorising of choreographic touch through its analyses in transnational South Asian choreographic practices.
Mònica Rius Piniés
Mònica Rius Piniés is the Director of the UNESCO Chair "Women, development and cultures", a member of ADHUC—Research Center for Theory, Gender and Sexuality at the Universitat de Barcelona.
She is also Associate Professor Serra Húnter at the Area of Arab and Islamic Studies. Her research interests focus on contemporary Arabic literature, gender studies and the social history of science and medicine. She has examined the construction of new identities in Spain through literature written by writers of Maghreb origin and through orientalism in film. Moreover, she has studied popular al-Andalus astronomy and North Africa and the role of science in al-Andalus.
She has published numerous articles in scientific journals, books and has given numerous guest lectures. She has been the president of the Societat Catalana d'Història de la Ciència (SCHCT), secretary of the Spanish Society of Arab Studies (SEEA), coordinator of the Master's Degree in Construction and Representation of Cultural Identities and director of the Arab and Islamic World Master's Degree, both at the University of Barcelona.
Marina Warner writes fiction and cultural history with a special focus on myths, legends and fables. Her books include studies of the Virgin Mary (Alone of All Her Sex, 1976), of Joan of Arc (1984), and public statuary (Monuments & Maidens, 1988).
She has explored fairy tales, women's roles and the influence of the 1001 Nights in several books, including From the Beast to the Blonde (1994) and Stranger Magic: Charmed States and The Arabian Nights (2011; winner of the National Book Critics Circle award, the Sheykh Zayed Prize and the Truman Capote award). She is Professor of English and Creative Writing at Birkbeck College, a Distinguished Fellow of All Souls, Oxford, and a Professorial Research Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies.
She was elected to the British Academy in 2005, and became President of the Royal Society of Literature in 2017. In 2015, she was awarded the Holberg Prize in the Arts and Humanities, and in 2017 she was given a World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award, and a British Academy Medal. Fairy Tale: A Very Short Introduction and Forms of Enchantment: Writings on Art and Artists were published in 2018. In 2016, she began the project Stories in Transit in Palermo, Sicily. She is currently researching the historical concept of Sanctuary, in relation to the dislocations of people today. Her account of her parents’ lives in Cairo after the war, Inventory of a Life Mislaid, will be published in March 2021. (Photo credit: Dan Welldon)
Rita Wilson is Professor in Translation Studies in the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics at Monash University.
She is Interim Director of the Monash Intercultural Lab and Co-Director of the Monash-Warwick Migration, Identity and Translation Research Network. Her current work contributes to the strand of research in Translation Studies that explores the connections between migrant cultural studies, translation, and intercultural studies. She has long-standing research interests in women’s writing, Italian contemporary literature and transcultural narrative practices.
Most recently, she has published on identity and culture in migratory contexts, on practices of self-translation and on narratives of mobility and place-making. Recent co-edited volumes include a Special Issue of Modern Italy, ‘Transcultural Exchanges and Encounters in Italy’ (vol. 25.2) and Translating Worlds. Migration, Memory, and Culture (Routledge).
Dr Sola Adeyemi
Sola Adeyemi studied at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, the University of Natal, South Africa and the University of Leeds, UK, and teaches African Theatre History, World Theatres, Postcolonial Theatre and Culture and Performance at Goldsmiths. His most recent research and publications are on the drama and theatre of Femi Osofisan, and his current project is translating the novels of Wole Soyinka into Yorùbá. He is the editor of Opon Ifa Review Literary Journal, Reviews Editor of African Theatre (AT), contributing editor to 3P+ International Journal of the Arts and on the Editorial Board of Africa Book Link. He is the Treasurer of the African Theatre Association (AfTA).
Professor Joan Anim-Addo
Joan Anim-Addo is Professor of Caribbean Literature at Culture at Goldsmiths and Director of the Centre of Caribbean and Diaspora Studies. Her research interests include Caribbean Literature and diaspora, women’s writing, Feminist perspectives, Black presence in Europe, Caribbean-Scottish Interconnections, Creolisation, Interculturality and humanism. Among her many publications, she the is the author of the acclaimed libretto Imoinda: Or She Who Will Lose Her Name (2007), based on Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko.
Professor Jane Desmarais
Jane Desmarais is Director of the Decadence Research Centre, Editor-in-Chief of the open-access interdisciplinary journal of Decadence studies, and a member of the Recent publications include Monsters under Glass: A Cultural History of Hothouse Flowers, 1850 to the Present, numerous essays and articles, and, as editor, Decadence and the Senses (with A. Condé); Arthur Symons: Selected Early Poems (with C. Baldick); Decadence and Literature (with D. Weir). The Oxford Handbook of Decadence, edited with D. Weir, and Decadent Plays, 1890-1930, edited with A. Alston, are forthcoming.
Professor Maura Dooley
Maura Dooley leads the MA in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths. As Head of Literature of the South Bank Centre, she reintroduced the Poetry International festival to the UK. Her versions (with Elham Shakerifar) of Azita Gharehman's work were shortlisted for the Warwick Women in Translation Award.
Dr Carla Figueira
Carla Figueira (ICCE) enjoys crossing national, linguistic and disciplinary borders. A native speaker of Portuguese fluent, to different degrees, in English, French, Spanish and Italian, she specialises in international cultural relations, cultural and language policies and in cultural diplomacy, which often relies on using authors and literary works as national symbols of unity and transnational representation. Carla co-coordinates the Learn a Language scheme.
Dr Fiona Graham
Fiona Graham directs the MA in Dramaturgy and Writing for Performance at Goldsmiths. She has been a theatre-maker for more than thirty years working as an actor, director, writer, producer and dramaturge. Her research interests are in feminist performance, dramaturgy, performance development, new writing, site-specific performance, verbatim theatre and community theatre. Her publications include Triptych: Three Plays for Young People Inspired by the Art of Paula Rego (2019).
Dr Isobel Hurst
Isobel Hurst's research on the reception of Greek and Latin literature in English examines classical education and authorship and creative engagement with the classical tradition. Among her publications, Victorian Women Writers and the Classics: The Feminine of Homer.
Dr Nicole King
Nicole King's research explores representations of race, class, gender and black childhood in African American, Caribbean and Black British Literature. She is the author of C.L.R. James and Creolisation: Circles of Influence (2001) and is currently writing Black Childhood in Modern African American Fiction (2022).
Professor Andreas Kramer
Andreas Kramer is Professor of German and Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths. His research interests include modern German literature, Expressionism, Dada, the European avant-garde, literature and film, and literature and sport. Among his recent publications, Sport und literarischer Expressionismus (2019), and, as co-editor, Pacifist and Anti-Militarist Writing in German, 1889–1928: From Bertha von Suttner to Erich Maria Remarque (with R. Robertson 2019), Poetry and Film / Lyrik und Film (with J. Röhnert, 2020), Sport and the European Avant-Garde (with P. Strożek forthcoming).
Professor Frank Krause
Frank Krause is the current Head of the Department of English and Creative Writing and has written on Expressionist literature and German, French and English narratives of the Great War. His current research is focussed on olfaction in literature.
Dr Sarah Maitland
Sarah Maitland directs the MA and PhD programmes in Translation at Goldsmiths. She a member of the Executive Council of the International Association for Translation and Intercultural Studies and Managing Editor of the Journal of Specialised Translation. She has published widely on cultural translation (What is Cultural Translation?, 2017), translation philosophy, theatre translation, and hermeneutics. As a professional theatre translator, Sarah has translated for the Royal Court Theatre, Cervantes Theatre, CASA Latin American Theatre Festival, Words without Borders magazine, Martin E. Segal Theatre New York, Theatre Royal Bath, and Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, among others. Her most recent work includes creating production video subtitles for A Universe (Alone), by Cuartoymitad Teatro. Sarah is a Memsource Certified Trainer.
Dr Tiziana Morosetti
Tiziana Morosetti teaches in the Department of Theatre and Performance at Goldsmiths and at the African Studies Centre, Oxford. She is currently working on a monograph on the representation of the 'Other' in 19th-century British theatre and popular performance. She is the deputy director of the journal Quaderni del '900, and the General Secretary of the African Theatre Association.
Dr Julia Ng
Julia Ng, PhD in Comparative Literary Studies/German Literature and Critical Thought (Northwestern), BA/MA in Comparative Literature and German (UCLA), is Co-Director of the Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought.
Professor Osita Okagbue
Osita Okagbue is Professor of Theatre and Performance at Goldsmiths. His main research interests are in African theatre and performance, Caribbean theatre, postcolonial theatre, theatre-for-development, and critical cultural theory. He is the founding President of the African Theatre Association (ATA) and founding and current Editor of African Performance Review (APR). His most recent books are Theatre and Performance in East Africa, with Samuel Kasule (Routledge, 2021) and A Handbook of Theatre and Race, with Tiziana Morosetti (Palgrave, 2021).
Dr Jacqueline Rattray
After studying for a BA in European Thought and Literature & Spanish Jacqueline Rattray went on to specialise in Spanish Surrealism for her doctoral studies. She has written and published on the Spanish surrealist poet, José María Hinojosa and is currently researching the experimental writings of selected visual artists of the Spanish avant-garde.
Dr Michael Simpson
Michael Simpson works in Romanticism and in Classical Reception Studies. He has written on postcolonial adaptations of Greek tragedy, on the Olympic Games, and on the classicising of global economic crisis. He is a member of the Steering Group of the London-Paris Romanticism Seminar and of the Executive Committee of the Classical Reception Studies Network.
Dr Tamar Steinitz
Tamar Steinitz specialises in world literature and the intersection of literature and language in transnational contexts. She is the author of Translingual Identities: Language and the Self in Stefan Heym and Jakov Lind and editor, with Rachael Gilmour, of Multilingual Currents in Literature, Translation, and Culture.
Dr Carole Sweeney
Carole Sweeney is a Reader in Modern Literature at Goldsmiths. She teaches modern and contemporary fiction, specialising in comparative modernisms, women’s writing, and feminism. Her books include From Fetish to Subject: Race, Modernism, and Primitivism, 1919-1935 (2013), Michel Houellebecq and The Literature of Despair (2013) and Vagabond Fictions: Gender and Experiment in British Women’s Fiction, 1945-1970 (2020). Her new research is on the influence of public service broadcasting on post-'45 literary culture and writer-critics in France and Britain.
Professor Derval Tubridy
Derval Tubridy is Professor of Literature and Visual Culture at Goldsmiths. She co-directs the London Beckett Seminar and is Vice-Chair of the British Association of Irish Studies. She works on modern and contemporary literature, philosophy, performance, and the visual arts with a focus on the intersections between language, materiality and process. Author of Samuel Beckett and the Language of Subjectivity (CUP 2018), and Thomas Kinsella: The Peppercanister Poems (UCD Press, 2001), she has published widely on Modernism and Irish Studies, with a recent focus on intermediality and neurodiversity. Her work has been funded by the Fulbright Commission, the British Academy and the AHRC.
Dr Mischa Twitchin
Mischa Twitchin's principal research interests are in European theatres of the avant-garde, Afro-European cultural politics, empathy and mimesis, performance philosophy, memory studies, and dialogues between anthropology, museum ethnography, and art. Among his publications: The Theatre of Death - The Uncanny in Mimesis: Tadeusz Kantor, Aby Warburg and an Iconology of the Actor (2016).
Dr Megha Agarwal
Megha Agarwal completed her doctoral thesis in Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths. She teaches at the School of Liberal Arts at NMIMS University in Mumbai, India. Her research interests include comparative literature and intertextuality in practice; some of her work has been published in Comparative Critical Studies and by Maria Curie-Skłodowska and Columbia University Press.
Dr Lucia Claudia Fiorella
Lucia Claudia Fiorella's research focuses on postcolonial literature and on auto/biographism. Her publications include a book on figures of evil in J.M. Coetzee (Figure del Male in J.M. Coetzee, 2006) and the forthcoming Oltre il patto autobiografico. Da Barthes a Coetzee (Beyond the Autobiographical Pact: From Barthes to Coetzee).
Dr Katharina Herold
Katharina Herold is Lecturer in Victorian and Modern Literature at Brasenose College, Oxford. She graduated from Goldsmiths before completing her DPhil at Oxford. She has published on European Decadence and is currently preparing her first monograph The Indispensable East in Decadent Literature 1880-1920 for publication.
Dr Meritxell Joan Rodríguez
Meritxell Joan Rodríguez completed an MA in Comparative Literary Studies at Goldsmiths and earned a PhD in Linguistic, Literary and Cultural Studies from the University of Barcelona. Currently, she is the coordinator of the Gender Department of the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed). She has published on migration in and across Western Mediterranean countries and on the Harki legacy.
Dr Rita Sakr
Previously a Lecturer in World Literature at Goldsmiths, Rita Sakr is Lecturer in Postcolonial and Global Literatures at Maynooth University, Ireland. Among various other publications, she is the author of Monumental Space in the Post-Imperial Novel: An Interdisciplinary Study and of ‘Anticipating’ the 2011 Arab Uprisings: Revolutionary Literatures and Political Geographies.
Dr Meiping Zhang
Meiping Zhang studied at Goldsmiths and completed her PhD research on Paul Auster's works. She teaches at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. Her publications include "Pen and Bomb: Creative Agency in Paul Auster's Leviathan" and "'A World Compete Without Me': Writing Cinema in Paul Auster's The Book of Illusions."