Biography

Alison Donnell was appointed Head of School of Literature, Drama, and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia from September 2017. She was Head of the School of Literature and Languages at the University of Reading (2013-17) and previously worked at Nottingham Trent University and the University of Leeds. Her research has been funded by grants from the AHRC, British Academy, and Leverhulme Trust, and she has an established international profile in Caribbean literary studies. Her latest research project on ‘Caribbean Literary Heritage’ (2017-2020) is funded by the Leverhulme Trust and brings her critical interest in recovering neglected writers together with her commitment to safeguarding the future of the literary past. She also has a keen interest in contemporary creative writing and is Chair of Directors for Wasafiri, a magazine of international contemporary writing. She has acted as a judge for academic prizes, held a number of fellowships, and was invited to deliver the National Library of Jamaica’s 2016 Annual Distinguished Lecture.

Professor Donnell's research and teaching interests include:

  • Anglophone Caribbean literature
  • black British literature
  • the intersections between feminism and postcolonialism
  • writing justice from the global south
  • postcolonial literary histories

She would welcome applications from students wishing to work on these topics.

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