Dr Dominic Davies

Dominic Davies (BA, MA, University of Liverpool, DPhil (Oxon))  is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the English Faculty, University of Oxford. His main research interests include: colonial/postcolonial literature and culture; cultural urban studies; infrastructure and literature; comics and graphic novels; resistance literature.

He has written and published a number of articles in journals such as the Journal of Commonwealth Literature and the Journal of Postcolonial Writing, and has contributed chapters to Études Littéraires Africaines (ELA) special issue on South Africa and Post-Apartheid Literature (1994-2014) and South Asian Fiction in English: Contemporary Transformations (Palgrave, 2016).

He is the co-editor of two forthcoming essay collections, Fighting Words: Fifteen Books that Shaped the Postcolonial World (Peter Lang, 2017) and Planned Violence: Post/Colonial Urban Infrastructures and Literature (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).

His first monograph, Imperial Infrastructure and Spatial Resistance in Colonial Literature (1880-1930) will be published in 2017. He is currently researching and writing a forthcoming book entitled, Urban Comix: Collaboration, Reconstruction and Resistance in the Divided City.

He was the Facilitator of the Leverhulme-funded Network, ‘Planned Violence: Post/colonial Urban Infrastructures and Literature’ (2014-2016), www.plannedviolence.org. He is now the Convener of the TORCH Network,  'Comics and Graphic Novels: The Politics of Form', http://torch.ox.ac.uk/comics. He is also the Project Facilitator for the British Council USA-TORCH Interdisciplinary Network, 'Divided Cities: Culture, Infrastructure and the Urban Future'.

He supervises a number of Masters dissertations on colonial/postcolonial literature, comics and graphic novels.

 

 Colonial/postcolonial literature and culture; cultural urban studies; infrastructure and literature; comics and graphic novels; resistance literature.

  Selected Publications

Books

- Imperial Infrastructure and Spatial Resistance in Colonial Literature (1880-1930) (forthcoming: Peter Lang, 2017).
- Edited collection, with Professor Elleke Boehmer, Planned Violence: Post/Colonial Urban Infrastructures, Literature and Cullture (forthcoming: Palgrave MacMillan, 2018).
- Edited collection, with Drs Erica Lombard and Benjamin Mountford, Fighting Words: Fifteen Books that Shaped the Postcolonial World (forthcoming: Peter Lang, 2017).

Book Chapters

- ‘From Communism to Postcapitalism: Marx and Engels’ The Communist Manifesto’, in Dominic Davies, Erica Lombard and Benjamin Mountford eds. Fighting Words: Fifteen Books that Shaped the Postcolonial World (forthcoming: Peter Lang, 2017).
- ‘Resisting Neoliberalism from Mumbai's Margins: Occupying Literary and Urban Spaces in Aravind Adiga’s Last Man in Tower (2011)’, in Alex Tickell ed. South-Asian Fiction in English: Contemporary Transformations (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

Articles

- ‘Ideological Archaeologies, Sedimented Histories: Gideon Raff’s Dig, the Jaffa Visitor’s Centre, and the Politics of Narration’, Journal of Mediterranean Studies (forthcoming: August 2017).
- ‘“Comics on the Main Street of Culture”: Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell’s From Hell (1999), Laura Oldfield Ford’s Savage Messiah (2011), and the Politics of Gentrification’, Urban Cultural Studies (February 2017).
- ‘Comics Journalism: An Interview with Josh Neufeld’, International Journal of Comic Art, Vol.18, No.1 (2017).

- Co-authored with Elleke Boehmer, ‘Investigating the Southern City through Postcolonial Literature: Infrastructures in Delhi, Johannesburg, and London’, Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Vol.51, No.4 (July 2015), pp.359-409.
‘“Simple as the black letters on this white page”: Nadine Gordimer’s Grey Politics in No Time Like the Present (2012)’, Études Littéraires Africaines (ELA), Special Issue: South Africa and Post-Apartheid Literature (1994-2014), Vol.38 (2014).
‘Critiquing Global Capital and Colonial (In)Justice: Structural Violence in Leonard Woolf’s The Village in the Jungle (1913) and Economic Imperialism (1920)’, Journal of Commonwealth Literature, Vol.50, No.1 (2015), pp.45-58.

Work in Progress

- Urban Comix: Collaboration, Reconstruction and Resistance in the Divided City (2018).

 

 

Publications

  • Ideological Archaeologies, Sedimented Histories: Gideon Raff’s Dig, the Jaffa Visitor’s Centre, and the Politics of Narration

  • Resisting Neoliberalism from Mumbai's Margins: Occupying Literary and Urban Spaces in Aravind Adiga’s Last Man in Tower (2011)

  • A conversation with Elleke Boehmer

  • Critiquing Global Capital and Colonial (In)Justice: Structural Violence in Leonard Woolf’s The Village in the Jungle (1913) and Economic Imperialism (1920)

  • Geography, Topography, Infrastructure: Mapping the Oscillations of the Frontier in John Buchan’s Prester John (1910)

  • More
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