Summary: Rebecca Macklin is a PhD Candidate in Comparative Literature at the University of Leeds and 2017-18 Fulbright Visiting Student Researcher at Cornell University.
Research interests: Native American and Indigenous literatures, postcolonial literature, world literature, memory studies, trans-Indigenous studies, feminist theory, biopolitics, ecocriticism
Rebecca's research draws together Indigenous, postcolonial and world literature discourses, to comparatively explore transnational engagements with globalization and literary articulations of decolonial resistance. Her thesis focuses on contemporary Native American and South African fiction, including texts by Louise Erdrich, Thomas King, Leslie Marmon Silko, Zakes Mda, and K Sello Duiker. Supervised by Professor Stuart Taberner and Dr Hamilton Carroll, her research is associated with the Leverhulme Trust funded Major Research Project Traumatic Pasts, Cosmopolitanism, and Nation-Building in Contemporary World Literatures.
An alumnus from the universities of Leeds and Lancaster, her writing has appeared in publications including the journal Native American and Indigenous Studies and Wasafiri. She is currently guest editing a special issue ofTransmotion on 'Native American Narratives in a Global Context: Comparative and Transnational Perspectives', due for publication in 2019. She is a member of the Centre for Canadian Studies and the Institute for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies at Leeds, and is co-founder of the Postcolonial and World Literature and Cultures Reading Group.
Prior to her PhD, Rebecca worked in academic publishing, working with branches of the United Nations as an editor of sustainable development publications. She is a Board Trustee for the Bishop Simeon Trust and has a pervading interest in the role of participatory arts in international development contexts, having led youth empowerment workshops in South Africa.