Dr Graham Riach

20th- and 21st-Century Literature; Postcolonial Literature; World Literature; Literature and Ageing; Literature and other art forms; Empire Writing; 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:

Afropolitanism in West African Fiction

Magical Realism in Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and Kei Miller’s Augustown

Reading Resistance in Salvador Plascencia's The People of Paper and Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Disappointment in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Short Stories

The Written Mine: Literary Resources in Joseph Conrad and F. Scott Fitzgerald

Palestinian Short Fiction

Poetry and Fascism in W.B. Yeats

Dialect and Identity in the Poetry of Tony HarrisonF. Scott Fitzgerald’s Short Fiction, 2015

Modernism and Music

Masculinity in Bret Easton Ellis

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.



Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak’s ‘Can the Subaltern Speak?’ (London: Routledge, 2017)



‘Opaque Limitations in Salvador Plascencia’s The People of Paper’, Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction [Commissioned for May 2020]


‘Henrietta Rose-Innes and the Politics of Place’, Journal of Commonwealth Literature, 2018 [Online First]


‘“Concrete Fragments”: Interview with Henrietta Rose-Innes’, Journal of Commonwealth Literature, 2018 [Online First]


‘The Late Nadine Gordimer’, Journal of Southern African Studies, 42, 6 (2016), pp. 1077-1094

Awarded the Terence Ranger Prize for the best article by an early career author


‘Sticking Together: Ivan Vladislavić’s Collage Practice’, Safundi, 16, 1 (2015), pp. 78-95


Book Chapters

‘Coetzee and Music’, The Bloomsbury Companion to JM Coetzee (London: Bloomsbury) [Commissioned for January 2021]


‘Myth, Orality, and the African Novel’, Cambridge Critical Concepts: Magical Realism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020) [Forthcoming]


‘Ways of Staying, Ways of Saying: From Black Writing in Britain to Black British Writing’, The 1960s: A Decade of Contemporary British Fiction, ed. by James Riley, Melanie Seddon, Phil Tew (London: Bloomsbury, 2018), pp. 137-164



‘“Anodyne” Cambridge History Still Hits the Mark’, review of The Cambridge History of South African Literature, SLiPNET, 2012 < http://slipnet.co.za/view/reviews/anodyne-cambridge-history-still-hits-t...