Rebecca Macklin

Rebecca Macklin

PhD Student, Comparative Literature

Summary: Native American and First Nations Literature, South African Literature, postcolonial studies, memory studies, feminist theory, world literature

Teaching Commitments: Prose: Reading and Interpretation, Semester 1, 2016-17


MA English Literature, University of Leeds: Recipient of an AHRC Studentship 

BA (Hons) English Literature, Lancaster University 


My research explores postcolonial and indigenous literary engagements with globalization, with a specific focus on Native American and South African fiction. Drawing on memory studies, and theories of postcolonial and world literatures, I explore in the transformative potential of memory to not only critique existing power structures, but also the potential to imagine new futures. My thesis focuses on authors including Leslie Marmon Silko, Louise Erdrich, Thomas King, Zakes Mda, and K. Sello Duiker. 

I am supervised by Prof Stuart Taberner and Dr Hamilton Carroll. My research is associated with the Leverhulme Trust-funded Major Research Project "Traumatic Pasts, Cosmopolitanism, and Nation-Building in Contemporary World Literatures". I am a member of the Faculty of Arts Transnational Holocaust Memory cluster, as well as the Centre for Canadian Studies at the University of Leeds. I am a co-founder of the transdisciplinary Postcolonial and World Literatures and Cultures Reading Group.

During 2017-18, I will be Postgraduate Researcher at Cornell University, aligned with the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program and under the supervision of Professor Eric Cheyfitz.  

Twitter: @RebeccaMacklin_

Conferences papers and talks

Co-organiser of the panel 'Native American Literature in a Global Context' at the Native American Literature Symposium, Minnesota, March 2017. Co-panellists include Diane Glancy and Eman Ghanayem. 

'Indigenous Sovereignty, Memory and Globalization', at the Futures of Memory Workshop, University of Leeds, February 2017

'Destabilising the American Imaginary: Resisting Colonization and Globalization in Contemporary Native American Literature', at the British Association for American Studies Postgraduate conference, University of Leeds, November 2016.

I co-organised the postgraduate symposium on Transnational Cultural Memory in the 21st Century at Kings College, London, September 2016.

‘Locating Women in South African (Counter)Narratives: Race, Gender and Collective Memory in Zoe Wicomb’s David’s Story’, at the Postgraduate Workshop 'Confronting Difficult Pasts, Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre, September 2016 

'(Re)mapping Trauma: Socio-spatial Memory in The Plague of Doves', at the Native Studies Research Network conference 'Indigenous Environments', University of East Anglia, July 2016.

I co-organised the White Rose-funded event World Against Globe: Reconceptualising World Literatures Today, University of Leeds, April 2016, as part of the launch of the Centre for World Literatures

“(Re)mapping Trauma through Space and Memory in Louise Erdrich’s The Plague of Doves,” at the American Literature Association Symposium: Borders and Frontiers in American Literature, San Antonio TX, February 2016