Dr Graham Riach

20th- and 21st-Century Literature; Postcolonial Literature; World Literature; Literature and other art forms; Literature of Empire; Contemporary Literature; Global Modernism; Aesthetics

At undergraduate level, I teach mainly on the 20th and 21st Centuries, and have interests in Postcolonial Literature, World Literature, Contemporary Literature, Modernism, and literature's relationship with other art forms. I have supervised dissertations on topics such as:

Poetry and Fascism in W.B. Yeats, 2015

Dialect and Identity in the Poetry of Tony Harrison, 2015

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Short Fiction, 2015

Modernism and Music, 2015

Masculinity in Bret Easton Ellis, 2014

Afropolitanism in West African Fiction, 2013

At postgraduate level, I teach on the MSt course in World Literatures in English, on courses such as 'Theories of World Literature' and 'Literatures of Empire and Nation 1880-1935'.

I received my MA (2011) and MLitt (2012) from Glasgow University and my PhD (2015) from Cambridge University. I was then an ESRC postdocdoral researcher at Cambridge before moving to Oxford in 2016.

Selected Publications


‘Henrietta Rose-Innes and the Politics of Place’ [Forthcoming in the Journal of Commonwealth Literature, 2017]

‘Interview with Henrietta Rose-Innes’ [Forthcoming in the Journal of Commonwealth Literature, 2017]

‘The Late Nadine Gordimer’, Journal of Southern African Studies, 42, 6 (2016)

‘Sticking Together: Ivan Vladislavić’s Collage Practice’, Safundi, 16, 1 (2015)

Book Chapters & Encyclopaedia Entries

‘Ways of Staying, Ways of Saying: From Black Writing in Britain to Black British Writing’ [Forthcoming in The 1960s: A Decade Of Contemporary British Fiction, ed. by James Riley, Melanie Seddon, Phil Tew (London: Bloomsbury, 2017)]

‘What’s Funny and Not Funny? Ivan Vladislavić’ [Forthcoming in The Comic Mask, ed. by Rita Barnard and Andrew van der Vlies, 2017]

‘Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak: “Can the Subaltern Speak?”’, MACAT, 2016


‘“Anodyne” Cambridge History Still Hits the Mark’, review of The Cambridge History of South African Literature, SLiPNET, 2012

Work in Progress


Short Change: Writing and Politics in the Post-Apartheid Short Story [Currently being revised for submission to university presses]

Book Chapters & Encyclopaedia Entries

‘Magical Realism in the African Novel’, Cambridge Critical Concepts: Magical Realism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) [Commissioned for December 2017]



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