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Personal details
Name Dr Madhu Krishnan
Job title Senior Lecturer in Postcolonial Writing
Department Department of English University of Bristol
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Qualifications MA (Stanford), MA (Nott), PhD (Nott)
Professional details
Membership of professional bodies African Studies Association, UK; African Literature Association; Postcolonial Studies Association; European Association for the Study of Commonwealth Languages and Literature; Modern Language Association; British Comparative Literature Association
Keywords African literature
book history
world literature
contemporary literature
prize culture
African cinema
Areas of expertise My expertise is in contemporary African literature and culture, with a significant interest in political and social formations. I work on both continental and diasporic African writing, cinema, art and publishing, in both print and digital forms.

I am particularly interested in constructions of race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality, as well as the demarcations of local and global which define Africa in a transnational, world context.

My research is broadly interdisciplinary, drawing on literary criticism, historical studies, material cultures, sociology and politics, and in recent years I have developed public engagement work around the black and African presence in Britain, both in the contemporary period and historically.

I have additional expertise in contemporary literature and prize culture, especially the Man Booker Prize.
Languages (other than English)
French spoken    written
Tamil spoken   
Media experience I have worked extensively with radio both nationally and in Bristol, and I blog regularly for a variety of mainstream and specialised publications in Europe, Asia, Africa and North America.