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
London WC2B 6LE
Research interests and PhD supervision
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.
- 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.
- ‘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
Expertise and public engagement
I currently teach on the following modules:
4ABA0004 Forms of Shorter Narrative
5ABA0002 Ideas of Nation
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.