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.
School of English, Rutherford W4.N4
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- 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
- The “End of Empire”: Post-Imperial Writing in Britain - EN726
- Postcolonial Writing - EN583
- Empire, New Nations and Migration - EN695
- Modernism - EN689
- Mapping Identities - EN338
- Contemporary Postcolonial Writing - EN858
- Writing of Empire and Settlement - EN855
- The Verbal and the Visual - EN867