Dr Felicity Hand






Subject taught on this MA

Post-colonialism: Desire and the Other

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

Representative Publications  

  • “‘Picking Up the Crumbs of England’: East African Asians in Yasmin Alibhai-Brown’s Autobiographies”, The Journal of Commonwealth Literature DOI: 10.1177/0021989416652646 (published online and forthcoming in print)
  • “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.

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Department of English & German, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona