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