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.

Doctoral 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

  • 2018-2021: Comunidades rizomáticas: mitos de integración en el mundo indoceánico. Rhizomatic Communities: Myths of Belonging in the Indian Ocean World (PGC2018-095648-B-I00). Financed by the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities. Head of Project: Felicity Hand. Members of project: 11

Representative Publications  

  • “Narrative Empathy in Dr. Goonam’s Coolie Doctor and Zubeida Jaffer’s Our Generation“, Life Writing, DOI: https://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.
  • “Mapping Indianness in Mauritius”, in Revolving Around India(s). Alternative Images, Emerging Perspectives, eds. Juan Ignacio Oliva-Cruz, Antonia Navarro & Jorge Diego Sánchez, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2020, pp 169-193.
  • 2014-2020 General Editor of Indialogs. Spanish Journal of India Studies https://revistes.uab.cat/indialogs.