Dr Jason  Allen-Paisant

Dr Jason Allen-Paisant

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

Summary: I am Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the School of Modern Languages & the Centre for World Literatures.

My main research interests are interdisciplinary, focusing on questions rather than any specific disciplinary field; however, most fall under the umbrella concept of theatricality. My current projects are: 1. A book entitled Dante's Postcolonial Lives: The Commedia in African and African Diaspora Writing. 2. A book entitled Dialectics of Performance: Aesthetics of the Spectral in Postcolonial Theatre (an expanded translation of my monograph published in French). 3. An investigation into the use of law and theatre together in addressing colonial traumas. 

I have a number of published and forthcoming articles on Caribbean theatre and on Caribbean poetics in international peer-reviewed academic journals. 


(2017) Théâtre dialectique postcolonial: Aimé Césaire et Derek Walcott. Paris: Classiques Garnier.


(2017) Aimé Césaire and The Divine Comedy: Self-enlightenment and the dialectic of relation in And the Dogs Were SilentJournal of Postcolonial Writinghttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17449855.2017.1292182

(2017) Contraindre le chaos à devenir forme: le motif de la descente aux enfers dans Et les chiens se taisaient d’Aimé Césaire, https://doi.org/10.3828/AJFS.2017.14

(2014) Le corps créole, fonction de la Relation dans Drums and Colours de Derek Walcott. Études anglaises, 67.2 

(2010) Daniel Boukman: un regard caribéen sur le théâtre. Nouvelles Études Francophones, 25.1


Misperformance: Staging Memory and the Law in The Trial of Governor Eyre. Cultural Dynamics (forthcoming) 

Theatricality in the work of Wilson Harris: A Deleuzian reading of Carnival. The Journal of Commonwealth Literature (forthcoming)


Postcolonial Dante. The Oxford Handbook to Dante. Oxford University Press (forthcoming) 

Towards a National Theatre. Caribbean Literature in Transition Volume 2. Cambridge University Press (forthcoming)