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Robert Spencer


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I teach postcolonial and modernist literature, in addition to cultural theory. The courses I teach include World Literature and Climate Crisis (third year); Modernism and Writing, Identity and Nation (second year); and Modernism, Postcolonial Literatures, and Key Issues in Twentieth-Century Cultural Theory (MA). 

Research interests

My research focuses on modernist, postcolonial and world literatures, from a materialist perspective. I have published books on African dictator fictions, cosmopolitanism, humanism, and new directions in postcolonial writing. I'm currently working on a study of world literature and the climate crisis that examines utopian representations of particular ecologies (forests, oceans, etc.) in addition to a co-authored book about British writing from empire to Brexit. 


Supervision areas:

I welcome enquiries from postgraduate students interested in undertaking research on the politics and aesthetics of modernism, or any aspect of postcolonial and world literatures. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Creative Manchester


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