Dr Lucy Evans

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Associate Professor in Postcolonial Literature

Department: English

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Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 2742

Email: lae9@le.ac.uk

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Address: School of Arts, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH

Personal details

Biography

I specialise in contemporary anglophone Caribbean literature. I am interested in literary form and genre, and much of my research has focused on Caribbean short stories; this includes a monograph, Communities in Contemporary Anglophone Caribbean Short Stories (Liverpool University Press, 2014), which presents the phenomenon of interconnected stories as a distinctive feature of late twentieth and early twenty-first century anglophone Caribbean literary cultures, and an edited book, The Caribbean Short Story: Critical Perspectives (Peepal Tree Press, 2011), a comprehensive collection which explores the significance of the short story form to Caribbean cultural production across the twentieth and into the twenty-first century.

My more recent research centres on representations of crime in the anglophone Caribbean. My current book project, Caribbean Fictions of Crime, which engages with scholarship in criminology as well as crime fiction studies, is informed by my collaborative work as Principal Investigator on two international, interdisciplinary research networking projects.

The first of these is the British Academy funded Crime and its Representation in the Anglophone Caribbean, 1834-2018 (2016-2019). Run in collaboration with Professor Anthony Harriott (Institute of Criminal Justice and Security in the Department of Government, University of the West Indies, Mona), this project has brought together participants from Jamaica, Trinidad, Guyana, Barbados and the UK. It has sought to generate new insights into the historical, political, cultural and socioeconomic contexts of crime in the region by bringing social science researchers into dialogue with arts and humanities researchers. Networking events have included three two-day workshops in the UK, Jamaica and Trinidad, a one-day symposium in Guyana, and professionalisation activities for postgraduate students and early career researchers in all of these locations. The project’s outputs include a special issue of the Caribbean Journal of Criminology on ‘Crime, Gender and Sexuality in the Anglophone Caribbean: Interdisciplinary Perspectives’, which have I co-edited along with Dylan Kerrigan and which is currently in press, and the University of the West Indies / University of Leicester International Summer School which I launched in 2019 along with colleagues at both institutions.

The second project is the AHRC funded Dons, Yardies and Posses: Representations of Jamaican Organised Crime (2017-19) which I am running in collaboration with Professor Rivke Jaffe, Centre for Urban Studies, University of Amsterdam, and which involves participants from the Caribbean, the US and Europe. This project has focused on the ways in which organised crime in Jamaica and the Jamaican diaspora has been depicted in literary writing, visual art, popular music, film and the media, looking at the relationship of these representations to public policy and debates in the social sciences. The networking activities have incorporated public-facing events in Jamaica and the UK featuring literary writers and visual artists. The project’s outputs include a special issue of Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies on ‘Crime, Violence and Jamaica’, which I have co-edited along with Rivke Jaffe and which is currently in press, and an online exhibition featuring the work of four Jamaican visual artists.

Qualifications

  • BA in English, University of Leeds
  • MA in Twentieth-Century Literature, University of Leeds
  • PhD in Caribbean Literature, University of Leeds
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice in Higher Education, University of Leicester
  • Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy

Publications

Books

  • Communities in Contemporary Anglophone Caribbean Short Stories (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2014)
  • The Caribbean Short Story: Critical Perspectives, co-edited with Mark McWatt and Emma Smith (Leeds: Peepal Tree Press, 2011)

Special issues of journals

  • Guest Editor (with Mandala White), Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writings, 13:1, Special Issue: Crime Across Cultures (2013)
  • Guest Editor (with Mandala White), Journal of Commonwealth Literature, 47:2 (2012), Symposium: Crime Narratives and Global Politics

Journal articles and book chapters

  • 'Regionalism and the Short Story', in The Edinburgh Companion to the Short Story in English, ed. by Paul Delaney and Adrian Hunter (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2018), pp. 227-241
  • With Mandala White, ‘Crime  Narratives and Global Politics’, Journal of Commonwealth Literature, 47:2 (2012), Symposium: Crime Narratives and Global Politics, 139-143
  • 'Reinventing the Badman in Jamaican Fiction and Film', in Constructing Crime: Discourse and Cultural Representations of Crime and 'Deviance', ed. by Christiana Gregoriou (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), pp. 162-176
  • 'Local and Global Reading Communities in Robert Antoni's My Grandmother's Erotic Folktales', in Postcolonial Audiences: Readers, Viewers and Reception, ed. by Bethan Benwell, James Procter and Gemma Robinson (New York: Routledge, 2012), pp. 140-153
  • 'A Kind of Chain: Reworking the Short Story Sequence in V.S. Naipaul's A Way in the World', in The Caribbean Short Story: Critical Perspectives, ed. by Lucy Evans, Mark McWatt and Emma Smith (Leeds: Peepal Tree, 2011), pp. 284-297
  • 'Introduction', in The Caribbean Short Story: Critical Perspectives, ed. by Lucy Evans, Mark McWatt and Emma Smith (Leeds: Peepal Tree, 2011), pp. 11-25
  • 'Introduction' , in Mark McWatt, Interiors (Georgetown, Guyana: Caribbean Press, 2010), pp. 1-6
  • 'Tidal Poetics in Dionne Brand's At the Full and Change of the Moon', Caribbean Quarterly, 55:3 (2009), 1-19
  • '"Free to Come to Grief": The Problems of Formal Freedom in Mark McWatt's Suspended Sentences', Journal of Commonwealth Literature, 44:3 (2009), 33-49
  • 'Questioning Black Identity: Strategies of Digression in E.A. Markham's Meet Me in Mozambique', Moving Worlds, 9:2, Special Issue: Region/Writing/Home: Relocating Diasporic Writing in Britain (2009), 125-136
  • 'The Black Atlantic: Exploring Gilroy's Legacy', Atlantic Studies, 6:2, Special Issue: Tracing Black America in Black British Culture (2009), 225-268

Interviews and reviews

  • 'An Interview with Lawrence Scott', Moving Worlds, 11:1 (2011), Special Issue: Locating the Caribbean, 93-103
  • 'Re-encountering Guyana: An Interview with Mark McWatt', The Arts Journal: Critical Perspectives on Contemporary Literature, History, Art and Culture of Guyana and the Caribbean, 5:1-2 (2009), 57-68
  • 'An Interview with Opal Palmer Adisa', Moving Worlds, 7:2, Special issue: Freedom and Culture (2007), 66-76
  • Book reviews in the Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 45:3 (2009), the James Joyce Broadsheet, 79 (February, 2008) and Moving Worlds, 8:2 (2008)

Teaching

Undergraduate

Postgraduate

Supervision

My current and recent PhD students include:

Completed:

  • Leighan Renaud, 'Matrifocal Communities in Contemporary Caribbean Fiction'
  • Thomas Kew, 'The Postcolonial Midlands'
  • Thamir Az-Zubaidy, 'Multiculturalism in Contemporary Australian Drama'

Current:

  • Kelsi Delaney, 'The Cultural Politics of Form in Contemporary Anglophone Caribbean Poetry' (AHRC funded)
  • Romona Bennett, 'Representations of Amerindian Women in Guyanese Literature'
  • Miranda Jones, 'The Pastoral Mode in the Poetry of Derek Walcott' (AHRC funded)
  • Pernille Nailor, 'Narratives of Belonging in the Textual Space of Afropolitanism: Nigeria, Ghana and their UK/US Diasporas' (AHRC funded)

Media

My introduction to Mark McWatt’s poetry collection Interiors, published by the Guyana-based Caribbean Press in 2010, was reprinted as an article, 'Interiors by Mark McWatt', in the Guyana Chronicle (a national newspaper) on June 27, 2014.

Part of my interview with Mark McWatt, published in the Guyana-based Arts Journal in 2009, was published as an article, ‘Landscape and Identity’, in Kaiteur News (a national newspaper), on 27 September 2009.

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