Miss Amber Lascelles

Miss Amber Lascelles

PhD researcher

Summary: Caribbean literature; African literature; postcolonial theory; feminist fiction, theory and activism; Marxist analysis.

Location: School of English, Cavendish Road

Teaching Commitments: Writing Critically ENGL1191

My thesis focuses on transnational feminism, neoliberalism and the body in the fiction of two Caribbean authors (Dionne Brand and Edwidge Danticat) and two West African authors (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Taiye Selasi). My thesis is a cross-cultural exploration of how contemporary black female authors creatively respond to inequality and oppression within our neoliberal world-system. I am supervised by Professor John McLeod. I have previously studied at the University of Warwick (MA) and DeMontfort University (BA).

I co-direct the research group Women's Paths with fellow PGR Arththi Sathananthar. Our seminar series for 2017/18 focuses on intersectional feminism and activism. We have secured funding from the Arts, Humanities and Cultures Interdisciplinary Research Support Award, the Leeds for Life Foundation, the Postcolonial Studies Association and the BSA's Diaspora, Migration and Transnationalism study group.

Conference papers

'The politics of uneven migration in Edwidge Danticat’s Breath, Eyes, Memory and Chimamanda Adichie’s Americanah' Annual Postcolonial Studies Association Convention, University of London (September 2017)

'Problematising Cosmopolitanism: Toni Morrison’s ‘Recitatif’, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah and Taiye Selasi’s Ghana Must Go' Global Morrison Conference, the University of Greenwich (June 2017)

'Insecure bodies, trauma and healing in Edwidge Danticat’s Breath, Eyes, MemoryCARISCC 2nd PGR Conference: Reading In/Securities for Creativity, University of Leeds (March 2017)

'‘New art forms’? Disaster capitalism in the Caribbean and how literature negotiates with catastrophe' CADRE 11th Annual Postgraduate Research Festival, University of Warwick (May 2015)


'Narratives of resistance: early women's activism in the Caribbean' Sheffield Gender History Discussion Group, University of Sheffield (March 2017)