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Brendan Nicholls

Lecturer in African and Postcolonial Literatures at University of Leeds

My principal research interests are in Postcolonial Studies, and I have specialised interests in the Anglophone literatures of Africa. I maintain an abiding interest in work by Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Dambudzo Marechera, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Bessie Head, Nadine Gordimer, Chinua Achebe and Salman Rushdie and I am cultivating new interests in Indigeneity and film. I welcome interest from prospective graduate students who wish to work in these areas.

Additionally, my broader research interests include postcolonial theory; gender politics (especially clitoridectomy in Kenya); Mau Mau; the cultural logic of the symptom and psychoanalytic approaches to postcolonial literatures; and performative reading methodologies in postcolonial contexts. I have a subsidiary research interest in American literature (particularly post-1945) and have published work on the Beat Generation.