Current Research

My current research is focused in two areas:


  • I work on the effects of travel on the literary output of a number of late-20th- and early-21st-century authors from South Asia, the UK, and North America
  • I consider how their experiences of travel have shaped their transnational identities, and how this is expressed in their work
  • I also focus on the marginalizing and ‘other’-ing associated with migrations, flights, and diasporas

These interests are pursued in various ways. For example:


  • I am interested in the different media — such as the graphic novel form — that can be used to represent the experiences of postcolonialism
  • and whether the valuation of both visual and written parts of the cultural experience affects the process of ‘canonisation’
  • particularly with respect to the formation of a postcolonial literary canon, a relatively recent phenomenon
  • I also wonder whether the graphic novel enables an immediacy of postcolonial response that is often denied to other literary forms

These ideas are the basis of my other research outputs:

  • ‘Marginalisation, Trauma, and the Graphic Novel: From Maus to Malta’, in Postcolonial Traumas: Narrative, Memory, Resistance, ed. Abigail Ward (Houndmills: Palgrave, 2015), pp. 83–96.
  • ‘Joe Sacco’s “Prying Outsiders”: Marginalization, Graphic Novel Form, and the Ethics of Postcolonial Representation’, in Postcolonial Comics: Texts, Events, Identities, ed. Binita Mehta and Pia Mukherji (London and NY: Routledge, 2015), pp. 44–58.

And a special issue of the Journal of Postcolonial Writing, ‘Trans/forming Literature: Graphic Novels, Migration, and Postcolonial Identity’, to be released as #52.4 in August 2016. For more information, see here.



These two areas of interest come together in my planned second monograph — more on this in ‘Research Plans’.


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