Emma K Crowley

Dr Emma K Crowley


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I joined the University of Bristol in 2016 as a PhD candidate affiliated to both the Department of English Literature and the School of Modern Languages and am now Lecturer with the Department of English. My research has been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

I am currently writing my first monograph, titled World Literature in the Wake of the Cold War: Global Forms of the Polyphonic Novel. This builds upon my doctoral thesis, and examines the intersection of global Cold War paradigms and world literature, focusing on the writing of Svetlana Alexievich, Roberto Bolaño and Marlon James. I argue for the expansion of Mikhail Bakhtin’s concept of polyphony in relation to an anti-colonial approach to world literature and consider the polyphonic novel as a global form taken up by disparate writers to express the atomisation of the collective and the loss of utopic dream-making. 

Other research areas I am interested in include transnational feminisms, literary (and cultural) activism, and genre fiction. My work is interdisciplinary and multilingual and I am dedicated to breaking down the boundaries that divide the research and teaching of 'English' literature from other disciplines, while retaining a critical gaze on the insitution of the university.  



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