Dr Brendon Nicholls

Dr Brendon Nicholls

Lecturer in African and Postcolonial Literatures

+44(0) 113 343 4769

Summary: My principal research interests are in Postcolonial literatures in English, and I have specialised interests in the Anglophone literatures of Africa and secondary interests in American Literature.

Dr Brendon Nicholls BA, Natal; BA Honours, MA, Cape Town; DPhil, Essex

Research Interests

My principal research interests are in Postcolonial Studies, and I have specialised interests in the Anglophone literatures of Africa. I maintain an abiding interest in work by Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Dambudzo Marechera, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Bessie Head, Nadine Gordimer, Chinua Achebe and Salman Rushdie and I am cultivating new interests in Indigeneity and film. I welcome interest from prospective graduate students who wish to work in these areas.

Additionally, my broader research interests include postcolonial theory; gender politics (especially clitoridectomy in Kenya); Mau Mau; the cultural logic of the symptom and psychoanalytic approaches to postcolonial literatures; and performative reading methodologies in postcolonial contexts. I have a subsidiary research interest in American literature (particularly post-1945) and have published work on the Beat Generation.

Recent Activities

Research Council Service

I have recently been appointed to the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Peer Review College for the period 2007-2014. 

Editorial Boards

I serve on the editorial boards of the following publications:
The Journal of Commonwealth Literature
Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writings
International Journal of African and African-American Studies 
Journal of East African Literary and Cultural Studies

and have recently served on the editorial board of: Postcolonial Text


I teach the following option modules:

Nation and Narration (Undergraduate)

Postcolonial Identities (Undergraduate)

Africas of the Mind (Postgraduate)