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Dr Kate Houlden
Senior Lecturer in English Literature

Research area(s)

  • World Literature
  • Queer Theory
  • Materialist Feminism
  • Contemporary Fiction
  • Caribbean Literature
  • Postcolonial Writing

Research Interests

Kate's research interests include the intersection of world literature with queer theory and materialist feminism. She is currently developing a research monograph on post-millenial fiction that frames migrant female domestic workers as emblematic figures of globalisation.

She is in the process of setting up a research network on 'Global Representations of Women's Work' and is also a founder of the international World Literature Network.

Her monograph Sexuality, Gender and Nationhood in Caribbean Literature appeared in 2016, and a co-edited collection on Popular Postcolonialisms in 2018 (both with Routledge). She has published essays in the Irish University Review, Wasafiri, Women: A Cultural Review, the Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Memory Studies, Interventions, the Journal of West Indian Literature and English Studies in Africa as well as a range of collections. She would welcome research students working on gender/sexuality in world literature, Caribbean and/or postcolonial writing.

Research grants and projects


The Marlon James Conundrum: Perceptions of Masculinity and Anti-Gay Prejudice in Jamaica
Funder: Independent Social Research Foundation
Duration: -

ISRF Flexible Grants for Small Groups Award

Visiting Fellowship in World Literature
Funder: National University of Ireland, Galway, Moore Institute
Duration: October 2017 - October 2017
Symposium Grant
Funder: Postcolonial Studies Association
Duration: 2012 - 2012

For the event Popular Postcolonialisms

Fully-funded PhD
Funder: Arts and Humanities Research Council
Duration: September 2007 - August 2010