Dr Lucy Evans

evans, lucy

Lecturer in Postcolonial Literature

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 2742

Email: lae9@le.ac.uk

Personal details

I hold a BA, MA and PhD from the University of Leeds.

I specialise in postcolonial literature, especially contemporary Caribbean literature.

I was awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice in Higher Education in 2013 and am also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.



EN1010 Reading English

EN1020 A Literary Genre: The Novel

EN2060 Concepts in Criticism

EN3040 Postwar to Postmodern: Literature 1945 - Present Day

EN3010 Dissertation

EN3192 Transcultural Writing and the Publishing Industry (Convenor)


MA in Modern Literature: EN7139 Literature and Cultural Identity: Contemporary Caribbean Writing (Convenor)

Administrative role

School of English Director of Examinations



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

Journal articles and book chapters

  • 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)
  • '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)


My research has focused on constructions of community in Caribbean short stories. I'm the author of Communities in Contemporary Anglophone Caribbean Short Stories (Liverpool University Press, 2014), which presents the phenomenon of interconnected stories as a significant feature of late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century Anglophone Caribbean literary cultures.

I've also also written articles on

  • Dionne Brand
  • Mark McWatt
  • E.A. Markham
  • Robert Antoni
  • V.S. Naipaul

and I'm co-editor of The Caribbean Short Story: Critical Perspectives (Peepal Tree Press, 2011), a comprehensive study which explores the significance of the short story form to Caribbean cultural production across the twentieth and into the twenty-first century.

I'm currently developing a research project on representations of crime in the Caribbean region. In relation to this project, I was awarded a British Academy overseas conference grant in 2011, and a British Academy small research grant for archival work in Kingston, Jamaica in 2012.

I also co-organised an international conference at the University of Leeds in 2010 entitled 'Crime Across Cultures' (funded by the University of Leeds Humanities Research Institute and Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications) and co-edited a special issue of Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writings, Crime Across Cultures, 13:1 (2013), and a symposium in the Journal of Commonwealth Literature, Crime Narratives and Global Politics, 47:2 (2012).


I would welcome enquiries from prospective postgraduate students, particularly in the following areas:

  • Caribbean literature and culture
  • Postcolonial literatures and cultures
  • Postcolonial theory
  • Diasporic and transcultural writing
  • Black British and British Asian writing
  • Crime writing and representations of crime
  • Representations of community

I'm currently supervising the following students:

  • Leighan Renaud, 'Matrifocal Communities in Contemporary Caribbean Fiction'
  • Thomas Kew, 'A Literary History of Black British Writing in the Midlands: 1948-2012'
  • Thamir Az-Zubaidy, 'Multiculturalism in Contemporary Australian Drama'

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