Subject taught on this MA


Research Area

Postcolonial and transnational literatures, particularly of the South Asian diaspora, East and South Africa and the South West Indian Ocean. My interests also include Indian cinema (Bollywood and art cinema), crime writing and ecocriticism.

Dissertation Supervision

I would be happy to supervise students interested in postcolonial or transnational literatures especially from Africa and South Asia. I am also willing to supervise work on Indian cinema, diaspora studies, crime literature and environmental issues.

Research Activities

  • Indian Ocean identity politics
  • South Asian diaspora
  • South African writing
  • Ecocriticism
  • Indian Cinema                                                                          

Current Research Project

  • 2015-2018: La estética del recuerdo: empatía, identificación, duelo. The Aesthetics of Remembering: Empathy, Identification, Mourning (FFI2015-63739-P). Financed by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. Head of project: Felicity Hand; Members of project: 12
  • 2018-2019: Writing Myth and Memory to Fight Cultural Injustice Against Chagossians. Financed by the Solidarity Foundation of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Members of project: Felicity Hand and Esther Pujolràs.

Representative Publications  

  • “Narrative Empathy in Dr. Goonam’s Coolie Doctor and Zubeida Jaffer’s Our Generation“, Life Writing, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14484528.2018.1426969 (online and forthcoming in print)
  • Relations and Networks in South African Indian Writing, Leiden & Boston: Brill Rodopi, 2018 (co-editor with Esther Pujolràs-Noguer) DOI: 10.1163/9789004365032
  • “‘Picking Up the Crumbs of England’: East African Asians in Yasmin Alibhai-Brown’s Autobiographies”, The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, Vol. 53, Issue 1, 2018, pp 61-77. DOI: 10.1177/0021989416652646.
  • “Coping with Khandaanity in Diaspora Spaces: South Asian Women in East Africa”, Revista Canaria de Estudios Ingleses, 70, May 2015, pp 13-40.
  • “Searching For New Scripts: Gender Roles in Memory of Departure”, Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, Vol 56, Nº 2, 2015, pp 223-240. DOI: 10.1080/00111619.2014.884991
  • “The Unwritten Moral Code in Recent Indian Cinema: Deception and Atonement?”, Film and Ethics. What Would You Have Done?, Ed. Jacqui Miller, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press. 2013, pp 50-66.
  • “Becoming Foreign: Tropes of Migrant Identity in Three Novels by Abdulrazak Gurnah”, Metaphor and Diaspora in Contemporary Writing, Ed. Jonathan P. Sell. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, pp 39-58.
  • “Impossible Burdens: East African Asian Women’s Memoirs”, Research in African Literatures, Vol. 42, Nº 3, pp 100-116, Fall 2011. DOI: 10.1353/ral.2011.0065
  • “Untangling Stories and Healing Rifts: Abdulrazak Gurnah´s By the Sea”, Research in African Literatures, Vol. 41, Nº 2, 2010, pp 74-92. DOI: 10.1353/ral.0.0246
  • The Subversion of Class and Gender Roles in the Novels of Lindsey Collen. Edwin Mellen Press, 2010.