John Thieme

John Thieme

Professor

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Personal profile

Biography

My research degrees, on Eighteenth-Century Fiction and V.S. Naipaul, are from London University. I held Chairs at the University of Hull and London South Bank University, before coming to teach at UEA in 2002, where I am now a Visiting Professor. Earlier in my career I taught at the Universities of Guyana and North London.

I have broad-based interests in post-colonial studies and more particular interests in Caribbean writing and contemporary Canadian fiction. I edit The Journal of Commonwealth Literature and Manchester University Press's Contemporary World Writers Series. 
 

The orientation of the Series reflects my own interest in cultural specifics. It 'locates writers within their specific cultural contexts' and 'aims to counter tendencies to appropriate [them] into the canon of English and American studies or to regard them as "other"'. Although I have published a glossary of post-colonial studies and a bibliography and an anthology that span a broad range of post-colonial literatures, I prefer working on micro-studies of cultural issues and close analyses of literary texts. I have particular interests in literary responses to globalization and ecological issues and in the relationship between literature and cultural geography. My current work in progress includes a book on R.K. Narayan and essays on Amitav Ghosh and George Lamming.

Professional Activities

  • Visiting Professor, University of Turin, since 2002

Teaching Interests

LITE2X12 - Postcolonialism

LITEM004 - Postcolonial Writing