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Dr Tom Langley

Teaching Fellow in Comparative Literature

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 2141
Address Department of Comparative Literature
King's College London
Virginia Woolf Building, Room VWB 6.05
22 Kingsway
London WC2B 6LE



I studied at the University of York, where I completed my BA in English and Related Literature and an MA in Cultures of Empire, Resistance, and Postcoloniality. I then moved to Newcastle, where he completed his PhD under the supervision of Dr Neelam Srivastava and Dr Anne Whitehead in 2015, before coming to King’s in January 2016.

Research interests and PhD supervision
  • Postcolonial literature and theory
  • Italian literature, particularly of the Twentieth Century
  • Anti-colonial and Anti-Fascist writing and thought

In my current research I am interested in tracing neglected lines of literary influence and networks of intellectual and political exchange between Italian and Indian writers and intellectuals in the inter-war and post-war periods. I re-examine the works of some canonical anti-Fascist writers and thinkers (figures such as Antonio Gramsci, Ignazio Silone, and Carlo Levi) and argue that an act of anti-colonial positioning is key to the development of their work. At the same time, I am interested in the ways in which this moment of Italian anti-Fascist writing has often been in dialogue with anti-colonial and postcolonial literature, particularly in India, in ways that have often been overlooked and undervalued.

More broadly, I am interested in anti-colonial and postcolonial writing and theory, Twentieth and Twenty-First century Italian literary culture, and histories of Marxist and anti-Fascist thought.

Selected publications
  • ‘Exceptional States: The (Bio)politics of Love in Darwish's A State of Siege’, Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, 14.1 (2012), 69-82

I currently teach on the following modules:

4ABA0004 Forms of Shorter Narrative

5ABA0002 Ideas of Nation

Expertise and public engagement

Co-organiser of ‘Postcolonial Studies and the Public Sphere’, a public engagement event held at Newcastle in 2013 that brought academic researchers and practitioners into dialogue with each other.






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