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Dr John Masterson

Post:Lecturer In World Literatures (English)
Location:ARTS B B329

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 877653
International:+44 1273 877653

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I joined the School of English at Sussex having spent nearly four years working at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, where I'm still an Honorary Research Fellow. My teaching and research interests include memorialisation; trauma and culture; representations of contemporary conflict and genocide; diaspora and migrant writing; contemporary South African literature; post-9/11 American fiction and reportage.  I have published work that engages with postcolonial literature and theory, with a particular interest in contemporary African writing.  This is evidenced by my 2013 book on the Somali novelist Nuruddin Farah (The Disorder of Things: A Foucauldian Approach to the Work of Nuruddin Farah), as well as articles on J.M. Coetzee, Dinaw Mengestu, Chinua Achebe and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie amongst other writers.  I have also written on American authors such as Dave Eggers, Jennifer Egan and Dana Spiotta.  In addition, I am interested in visions of apocalypse and/or imagining 'end times', security, biopolitics, risk and threat in contemporary American culture, be it in literary, filmic or theoretical contexts, as well as representations of 'the global War on Terror'.  This directly relates to the international collaborative project I am involved in, Fictions of Threat: Speculation, Security and Surviving the Now.  This is an  interdiscipinary network of scholars, co-ordinated by colleagues at Sussex, Wits and the University of Uppsala.  I would welcome MA and PhD proposals in any of the above and associated areas.  


Lecturer in World Literatures in English