Wendy Knepper completed her PhD in comparative literature at University of Toronto (2001). Prior to joining Brunel in 2010, she was a visiting fellow at the Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London (2007-09) and held a post-doctoral Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada fellowship at Harvard University and New York University (2003-05). She has taught at the Humboldt University in Berlin and Queen Mary, University of London. Moreover, she worked for many years in the IT sector in various marketing managerial and entrepreneurial roles.
Dr Knepper teaches and researches in the area of globalizing literary studies from the modernist period to the present. She is the author of Patrick Chamoiseau: A Critical Introduction (2012) and the York Notes Companion to Postcolonial Literature (2011). She has published widely in the fields of world literature and postcolonial studies with particular focus on Caribbean and black British fiction as well as contemporary women’s writing. To offer a few examples, her current and forthcoming publications consider works by Wilson Harris, Edwidge Danticat, Jamaica Kincaid, Nalo Hopkinson, Andrea Levy, Zadie Smith, Caryl Phillips and Michael Ondaatje. She is the co-founder of the Brunel Gender & Sexuality Research Centre.
At present, she is working on a book-length project about world literary mappings of terror and cataclysmic events in contemporary Caribbean writing, the Palgrave guide to Caribbean literature and a collection of articles the role of literary experimentation in a globalizing world.
Newest selected publications
Knepper, W. (2014) 'Cross-Dressing and the Caribbean Imaginary in Nalo Hopkinson’s Midnight Robber', in Ledent, B., Fumagalli, MC. and del Valle Alcala, R. (eds.) The Cross-Dressed Caribbean: Writing, Politics, Sexualities. Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press. pp. forthcoming. ISBN 10: 0813935229. ISBN 13: 978-0813935225.
Knepper, W. (2013) 'Revisionary Modernism and Postmillennial Experimentation in Zadie Smith’s NW', in Tew, P. (ed.) Reading Zadie Smith: The First Decade and Beyond. London : Bloomsbury. pp. forthcoming. ISBN 10: 1441186611. ISBN 13: 978-1441186614.
Knepper, W. and Burns, L. (2013) 'Revisionary “-scapes” of globality in the work of Wilson Harris: introduction'. Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 49 (2). pp. 127 - 132.
Knepper, W. (2013) 'Cataclysmic Life in Wilson Harris's Jonestown'. Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 49 (2). pp. 161 - 73.
Knepper, W. (2009) 'Hot on the Heels of Transnational America: The Case of the Latina Detective', in Pearson, N. and Singer, M. (eds.) Detective Fiction in a Postcolonial and Transnational World. Burlington : Ashgate. pp. 157 - 180. ISBN 10: 0754668487. ISBN 13: 9780754668480.