English Literature and Creative Writing

This is a non-exhaustive list compiled by colleagues in English Literature and Creative Writing February 2021


Print Media


Patricia Akhimi, Shakespeare and the Cultivation of Difference: Race and Conduct in the Early Modern World (Routledge, 2020)

Linda Alcoff, ‘The Problem of Speaking for Others’, Cultural Critique, 20 (1991-1992): 5-32

Gloria Anzaldúa Gloria and Cherríe Moraga (eds), This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color (State University of New York Press, (1983 [2015])

Anna Ball and Karim Matar (eds), The Edinburgh Companion to the Postcolonial Middle East (Edinburgh UP, 2018)

Carolyn Betensky, ‘Casual Racism in Victorian Literature’, Victorian Literature and Culture 47. 4 (2019): 723-751

Brenna Bhandar and Rafeef Ziadeh (eds), Revolutionary Feminisms: Conversations on Collective Action and Radical Thought (Edinburgh UP, 2020)

Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave (1845)

Imtiaz Habib, Black Lives in the English Archives 1500-1677 (Routledge, 2007)

Kim F. Hall, Things of Darkness: Economies of Race and Gender in Early Modern England (Cornell UP, 1995)

Margo Hendricks and Patricia Parker (eds), Women, ‘Race’ and Writing in the Early Modern Period (Routledge, 1994)

Geraldine Heng, The Invention of Race in the European Middle Ages (Cambridge UP, 2018)

Nalo Hopkinson, Report from Planet Midnight (PM Press, 2012)

Nalo Hopkinson and Uppinder Mehan (eds), So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction and Fantasy (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2011)

Priyamvada Gopal, Insurgent Empire: Anticolonial Resistance and British Dissent (Verso, 2019)

Graham Huggan (ed), The Oxford Handbook of Postcolonial Studies (Oxford UP, 2013)

Reina Lewis and Sara Mills (eds), Feminist Postcolonial Theory: A Reader (Edinburgh UP, 2003)

Ania Loomba, Colonialism/Postcolonialism (Oxford UP, 1998 [2015])

Robin R. Means Coleman, Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from the 1890s to Present (Routledge, 2011)

Ankhi Mukherjee, What is a Classic? Postcolonial Rewriting and Invention of the Canon (Stanford UP, 2014)

Susheila Nasta and Mark Stein (eds). The Cambridge History of Black and Asian British Writing (CUP, 2019)

Alina O’Donnell, ‘Windows, Mirrors, and Sliding Glass Doors: The enduring impact of Rudine Sims Bishop’s work’, Literacy Today, 36.6 (2019): 16–19

You-Me Park and Rajeswari Sunder Rajan (eds), The Postcolonial Jane Austen, (Routledge, 2001)


Postmedieval: Special Issue Race, Revulsion, and Revolution, 11.4 (2020)

Ato Quayson (ed), The Cambridge Companion to the Postcolonial Novel (Cambridge UP, 2015)

Edward Said, Culture and Imperialism (Knopf, 1994)

Manu Samriti Chander, Brown Romantics: Poetry and Nationalism in the Global Nineteenth Century (Bucknell UP, 2017)

Ziauddin Sardar, Balti Britain: A Journey Through the British Asian Experience (Granta, 2008)

Deborah Shapple Spillman, ‘African Skin, Victorian Masks: The Object Lessons of Mary Kingsley and Edward Blyden’, Victorian Literature and Culture, 39.2 (2011): 305-326

Deborah Shapple Spillman, British Colonial Realism in Africa: Inalienable Objects, Contested Domains (Palgrave 2012)

Jyotsna G. Singh (ed), A Companion to the Global Renaissance: English Literature and Culture in the Era of Expansion (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013)

Leila Taylor, Darkly: Black History and America’s Gothic Soul (Repeater Books, 2019)

Patricia Ventura and Edward K. Chan (eds), Race and Utopian Desire in American Literature and Society (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019)

Victorian Studies: Special Issue Undisciplining Victorian Studies, 62.3 (2020)

Lisa Yaszek, ‘Afrofuturism, Science Fiction, and the History of the Future’, Socialism and Democracy, 20:3 (2006): 41-60

Elizabeth Young, Black Frankenstein: The Making of an American Metaphor (New York UP, 2008)

Robert J. C. Young, Postcolonialism: An Historical Introduction (Blackwell, 1999)

Robert J. C. Young, Postcolonialism: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford UP, 2003)



Dean Atta, The Black Flamingo (Hodder, 2019)

Naji Bakhti, Between Beirut and the Moon (Influx, 2020)

Octavia Butler, Parable of the Sower (Headline [1993] 2014)

Octavia Butler, Parable of the Talents (Headline, [1998] 2014)

Bernadine Evaristo, Girl, Woman, Other (Penguin, 2019)

Catherine Johnson, Freedom (Scholastic 2018)

Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai, The Mountains Sing (Oneworld, 2020)

Bali Rai, Mohinder’s War (Bloomsbury Education (2020)

Alex Wheatle, Cane Warriors (Andersen Press 2020)

 Please also see the online reading list for the following ELCW MA Module: ENGL421 Postcolonial Women’s Writing


Other Media

Critical Race Conversations: Across the 2020–2021 academic year, the Folger Institute will host a series of free online sessions to address an expansive range of topics in the field of early modern critical race studies<https://www.folger.edu/critical-race-conversations>

Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror, dir. Xavier Burgin (Stage 3 Productions, 2019)

Erica Kanesaka Kalnay, ‘Part-Victorian Imagination: On Being a Victorianist of Color’, V21 Collective Blog, June 5, 2018<http://v21collective.org/part-victorian-imagination-victorianist-color>

Fred Moten, More Than a Manifesto: The Poet’s Essay, Columbia University School of the Arts 3 March 2018

RaceB4Race: An ongoing conference series and professional network community by and for scholars of color working on issues of race in premodern literature, history, and culture, Arizona State University