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Professor William Spurlin

Professor William Spurlin
Vice Dean Research / Professor - English

Gaskell Building 142


Before coming to Brunel, Professor Spurlin was Professor of English at the University of Sussex, where he directed the Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence and Cultural Change for five years. Prior to his appointment at Sussex, he taught at Cardiff University, Columbia University, and Illinois State University.

Situated at the nexus of queer studies, comparative literature, postcolonial studies, and critical/cultural theory, Professor Spurlin's interdisciplinary research encompasses the analysis of a broad range of literary, cultural, and critical texts spanning from the fin de siècle to the 20th and 21st centuries.

The texts with which he works cross national, geographic, and linguistic boundaries and include British and American texts, and those located within francophone and Germanic cultures, southern Africa, and the wider African diaspora. His scholarship on southern Africa has contributed to the formulation of new theoretical thinking at the conjunction of postcolonial and queer enquiry, and his more recent work on queer francophone writing from the Maghreb has helped define the fairly new discipline of queer translation studies.


Professor of English, Department of Arts and Humanities, Division of English and Creative Writing

Vice Dean/Education, College of Business, Arts & Social Sciences

Newest selected publications

Spurlin, WJ. (Accepted) 'Queering Holocaust Studies: New Frameworks for Understanding Nazi Homophobia and the Politics of Sexuality under National Socialism', in Earl, H. and Gigliotti, S. (eds.) Wiley Companion to the Holocaust. Wiley Blackwell.

Book chapter

Spurlin, WJ. (2019) 'Queer Theory and Biomedical Practice: The Biomedicalization of Sexuality/The Cultural Politics of Biomedicine'. Journal of Medical Humanities, 40 (1). pp. 7 - 20. ISSN: 1041-3545 Open Access Link

Journal article

Spurlin, WJ. (Accepted) 'Contested Borders: Queer Politics and Cultural Translation in Contemporary Francophone Writing from the Maghreb'. London: Rowman and Littlefield.


Spurlin, WJ. (2016) 'Contested Borders: Cultural Translation and Queer Politics in Contemporary Francophone Writing from the Maghreb'. Research in African Literatures, 47 (2). pp. 104 - 120. ISSN: 1527-2044 Open Access Link

Journal article

Spurlin, WJ. (2015) 'Postcolonially Queer: Sexual Dissidence as Cultural Struggle in Emergent Democracies in Africa', in Zabus, C. (ed.) The Future of Postcolonial Studies. New York : Routledge. , 29. pp. 157 - 171. ISBN 13: 978-0-415-71426-6. Open Access Link

Book chapter
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