• Our Centre is a world leader in the successful melding of traditional reading practices and structures with creative writing. In our rigorous academic pursuits, we promote critical engagement as an exercise that is as creative as it is scholarly.

    We define postcolonial as the period from first European colonisation until the present day, and focus on a wide range of colonised countries and literary texts. We engage with discourses of the empire, the unique and privileged position of the coloniser within the colonised environment. Our research unit questions identity before and after independence, local resistance to colonising forces, and considers the impact of globalisation and diaspora.

    Current areas of interest include Africa, Australia, Canada, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, the Pacific, Sri Lanka, South East Asia, and the West Indies.