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Dr Lucinda Newns, BA (NYU), MA (SOAS), PhD (London Met)

Lecturer in Postcolonial and World Literatures



Lucinda Newns

I was born in London but brought up in the United States. I completed my BA at New York University and then returned to the UK for postgraduate study. After completing an MA at the School of Oriental and African Studies, I stayed on to undertake a fully-funded PhD at London Metropolitan University. After teaching for a time at London Met and Birmingham City Universities, I took up a post in Queen Mary’s Department of Comparative Literature. I then joined the Department of English in 2016. My research to date has primarily focused on representations of domesticity and the everyday in Black and Asian diasporic writing in Britain.


Undergraduate teaching:

In the 2016-17 academic year I will be teaching on the following undergraduate modules:

Postgraduate teaching:

And the following MA English Studies module:


Research interests:

  • Postcolonial and world literatures
  • Migration and diaspora
  • Feminist theory, especially as it relates to race and religion
  • Domesticity and the everyday
  • Literary geographies
  • Muslim women’s writing


Recent and On-Going Research

My research is broadly concerned with the intersection between gender and other structural hierarchies, especially race. My current book project explores representations of domesticity and the everyday in contemporary diasporic fiction in Britain. Using an intersectional feminist approach, this book problematises the celebration of displacement that has come to dominate postcolonial readings of migration, focusing instead on placement and homemaking as key aesthetic preoccupations. I am also developing a new project on the intersection of faith and feminism in recent Muslim women's fiction and life writing. I am currently co-editing an interdisciplinary volume entitled New Directions in Diaspora Studies and serve on the Executive Committee of the Postcolonial Studies Association as co-editor of its biannual newsletter.


Articles and Book Chapters

  • "Renegotiating Romantic Genres: Textual Resistance and Muslim Chick Lit", The Journal of Commonwealth Literature. (28 Jan 2017).
  • “Refugees” in The Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies, Sangeeta Ray and Henry Schwarz, eds. Wiley-Blackwell (2016).
  • “Homelessness and the Refugee: De-Valorizing Displacement in Abdulrazak Gurnah’s By the Sea.” Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 51.5 (Oct 2015).
  • “Speaking for Others: Tensions in Post-colonial Studies.” Times Higher Education (17 July 2014).
  • Review of Sex and the Citizen: Interrogating the Caribbean by Faith Smith, ed. Feminist Review 104 (2013).
  • “Domesticity and the Nation: Buchi Emecheta’s Migrant Fiction” in Womancing Women: ‪Perspectives on Women's Writing Across Boundaries‬, Asha Choubey, ed. Book Enclave (2013).‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ pp. 119-140.


PhD Supervision

I would welcome enquiries from potential doctoral students interested in any of the areas of my research.

Public engagement

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