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Dr Maria Ridda

Assistant Lecturer

School of English


My main research areas are postcolonial theory and Indian diasporic writing with a focus on the global city. Joining South Asian with Mediterranean studies, my current research compares representations of ‘underworld’ Mumbai and Naples in a variety of literary texts, films and documentaries. I also have broader teaching and research interests in contemporary and twentieth-century English, Italian, French and American literature. I have experience of teaching modernism, cross-comparative and postcolonial literature, and critical theory.

Drawing on contemporary South Asian diasporic texts, my first monograph, Imagining Bombay, London, New York and Beyond (Peter Lang, 2015) explores how urban representations of the three cities are shaped by colonialism, postcolonialism and globalisation. It offers an alternative approach to familiar journeys between India and Britain, theoretically informed by an innovative use of Bakhtin’s chronotope model. In addition, I have published articles and essays on South Asian American diasporic literature, Post-liberalisation Indian writing and Bollywood cinema.

My new monograph project, The Mean Streets of Mumbai and Naples, investigates how criminality constitutes a lens to examine the global networks of interconnections and disjunctures in postcolonial and world cities. Through a comparison of Mumbai and Naples in Italian and Indian fictional and non-fictional texts, music, films and documentaries from 2000 to the present, my project maps the ‘danger zones’ that disrupt official reconfigurations of global urbanity.

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Selected Publications 



Book chapters

  • ‘Love and Longing for Mumbai’, ed. Om Dwivedi, Tracing the New Indian Diaspora (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2014).
  • ‘Inside “The Temple of Modern Desire”: Re-Collecting and Re-Locating Bombay’, ed. Aysha Iqbal, Global Reception of Post-liberalization Indian Novels in English (Wimbledon, New Delhi: Anthem Press, 2013).

Book reviews

  • End of Empire and the English Novel’, ed. by R. Gilmour and B. Schwarz (College Literature, 2013).

Special issues/collaborations

  • ‘Subverting the State: The Postcolonial Predicament’, introduction to conference proceedings (in progress). See the conference blog here.
  • Postcoloniality and Subalternity in the Mezzogiorno, introduction and book chapter, ‘Not the Italy You Expect’ (in progress). See the symposium details here.

Invited Talks

  • Invited Speaker at Birkbeck College, University of London, SPACE Interdisciplinary Seminar Series, June 2015. Paper Title: ‘The Underworld and Postcolonialism’.
  • Invited Speaker at the University of Kent, Postcolonial Research Seminar, October 2014. Paper title: ‘The Mean Streets of Naples and Mumbai’.
  • Invited speaker at the Inter-University Postcolonial Seminar Series, IES, University of London, March 2010. Paper title: ‘Inside “The Temple of Modern Desire”’: Re-Collecting and Re-Locating Bombay’.
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During the Academic Year 2015/16 I will be teaching:

EN689 Modernism (Stage 2)

EN695 Empire, New Nations and Migration (Stage 2)

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School of English, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NX

The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T: +44 (0)1227 823054

Last Updated: 09/10/2015