School of English


BA (Sheffield); MA, PhD (Manchester)

Matthew Whittle’s teaching and research concentrates on postcolonial and global literatures, with special emphasis on the legacies of Empire for British culture and society. His book Post-War British Literature and the “End of Empire” (Palgrave Macmillan) explores British responses to imperial decline, focusing on decolonisation, Americanisation and mass immigration to Britain (indicative authors include Anthony Burgess, Alan Sillitoe, Graham Greene, and Colin MacInnes). He has also published on post-war Caribbean literature, post-colonial African nationalism and depictions of trophy hunting in the artworks of Walton Ford and the writing of Ernest Hemingway. Matthew is currently working on post-imperiality in the novels of Angela Carter as well as co-authoring a new book entitled Global Literature and the Environment: Twenty First Century Perspectives (Routledge). This latter project analyses human interactions with nonhuman worlds in the context of the world literary system, and in dialogue with the politically-charged postcolonial concerns of race, gender, class, empire, nation and migration. His research has informed articles in The Independent, Newsweek, Wire and The Conversation.

Matthew is a member of the Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies and the Kent Animal Humanities Network. In addition, he is a co-founder and steering committee member of the Northern Postcolonial Network.

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School of English, Rutherford W4.N4

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Whittle, M. (2016). Post-War British Literature and the "End of Empire". Palgrave Macmillan. Available at:
Book section
Whittle, M. (2014). ‘The hollow shell of nationality’: Competing nationalisms and the emergence of dictatorship in David Caute’s At Fever Pitch. in: Writing Difference: Nationalism, Literature and Identity. New Delhi: Atlantic Books, pp. 189-210. Available at:
Whittle, M. (2016). Lost trophies: Hunting animals and the imperial souvenir in Walton Ford’s Pancha Tantra. Journal of Commonwealth Literature [Online] 51:196-210. Available at:
Whittle, M. (2015). Hosts and hostages: Mass immigration and the power of hospitality in post-war British and Caribbean literature. Comparative Critical Studies [Online] 11:77-92. Available at:
Whittle, M. (2015). Afterword: The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, postcolonial studies and the provinces. Journal of Commonwealth Literature [Online] 50:391-397. Available at:
Whittle, M. (2014). “These dogs will do as we say”: African nationalism in the era of decolonization in David Caute’s At Fever Pitch and Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth. Journal of Postcolonial Writing [Online] 51:269-282. Available at:
Total publications in KAR: 6 [See all in KAR]
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Research Interests

  • Postcolonial studies, with a specific interest in post-imperial Britishness, Caribbean literature, diaspora, ecocriticism, and decolonization
  • Post-war and contemporary British literature
  • Animal studies, concentrating on trophy hunting, taxonomy and postcoloniality
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Last Updated: 15/09/2018