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Joe Jackson

Assistant Professor in Twentieth-Century and Contemporary English Literature, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

MA (Hons) University of Dundee; MA, PhD University of Warwick.

Expertise Summary

Contemporary Scottish literature; black and Asian writing in Scotland and England; postcolonial studies; Caribbean literature; regional literature in Britain; devolution and the post-war British state; world literary systems and peripheral modernism.

Outreach and Public Engagement

I have taught Literary Studies for the Workers' Educational Association and acted as a voluntary tutor for the Brilliant Club, an organisation dedicated to widening participation at universities in Britain. I have given interviews to student radio and will soon be appearing at the Birmingham Salon to discuss the Scottish Independence Referendum.

Teaching Summary

I currently teach and/or lecture on the following modules:

Undergraduate

  • Studying Literature
  • Literature and Popular Culture
  • Academic Community
  • Regional Writers

MA Level

  • Modern and Contemporary Literature
  • Literature in Britain since 1950
  • Place, Region, Empire
  • Modernism and the Avant-Garde

Research Summary

My current monograph project focuses on the representation of race, national experience and British state politics in contemporary Scottish writing. The central thesis of the monograph, drawing on… read more

Recent Publications

  • JOSEPH H. JACKSON, 2016. English Brother or No? British State-National Critiques and the Moment of Pressure.. In: MALACHI MCINTOSH, ed., Re-reading Sam Selvon. Kingston: Ian Randle. (In Press.)
  • JOSEPH H. JACKSON and L. GRAMAGLIA, 2012. The Broad Breast of the Land: Indo-Caribbean Eco-Feminism and Mahadai Das. In: JOY MAHABIR and MARIAM PIRBHAI, eds., Critical Perspectives on Indo-Caribbean Women's Literature New York: Routledge.
  • JOSEPH H. JACKSON, 2011. Captain Thistlewood’s Jacobite: Reading the Caribbean in Scotland’s Historiography of Slavery. In: MICHAEL GARDINER, GRAEME MACDONALD and NIALL O'GALLAGHER, eds., Scottish Literature and Postcolonial Literature: Comparative Texts and Critical Perspectives Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
  • 2010. Lutchmee and Dilloo Caribbean Classics Georgetown: Caribbean Press.

If you are interested in postgraduate work in any of the following areas, please get in touch:

  • Contemporary Scottish fiction
  • Race and nation
  • Black British writing
  • Anglophone Caribbean literature
  • Governance and democracy in Britain
  • Post-war British fiction, particularly with a political focus

Current Research

My current monograph project focuses on the representation of race, national experience and British state politics in contemporary Scottish writing. The central thesis of the monograph, drawing on writers such as Jackie Kay, James Robertson, Luke Sutherland, Suhayl Saadi and Leila Aboulela, is that contemporary Scottish literature represents a nationally distinctive experience and imagination of race. The project thus constitutes a devolutionary process applied to black British scholarship. The resultant concept of black Scotland presents a tripartite challenge: to a narrative of ethnic Scottishness, to the unitary status and regional biases of black Britain, and to the state-led definition of national Britain itself. The monograph is intended to advance race as a critical paradigm in Scottish literature, and open productive new avenues of discourse in black British scholarship, particularly with respect to national and transnational modes of analysis.

Future Research

The concept for my next major research project is the role played by black writers in imagining English nationhood, citizenship, and civic participation in the post-war period. This would elaborate the idea of a 'devolved' black Britain and examine a black English challenge to both a state politics of race and the evolution and persistence of a post-imperial ethnic definition of Englishness.

  • JOSEPH H. JACKSON, 2016. English Brother or No? British State-National Critiques and the Moment of Pressure.. In: MALACHI MCINTOSH, ed., Re-reading Sam Selvon. Kingston: Ian Randle. (In Press.)
  • JOSEPH H. JACKSON and L. GRAMAGLIA, 2012. The Broad Breast of the Land: Indo-Caribbean Eco-Feminism and Mahadai Das. In: JOY MAHABIR and MARIAM PIRBHAI, eds., Critical Perspectives on Indo-Caribbean Women's Literature New York: Routledge.
  • JOSEPH H. JACKSON, 2011. Captain Thistlewood’s Jacobite: Reading the Caribbean in Scotland’s Historiography of Slavery. In: MICHAEL GARDINER, GRAEME MACDONALD and NIALL O'GALLAGHER, eds., Scottish Literature and Postcolonial Literature: Comparative Texts and Critical Perspectives Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
  • 2010. Lutchmee and Dilloo Caribbean Classics Georgetown: Caribbean Press.
  • A Bird Is Not A Stone - Palestinian Poetry in Scottish Translation: An Interview with Henry Bell and Sarah Irving. Scottish Literary Review. (In Press.)

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