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Biography

Anna came to King’s in 2012, following her first appointment as a lecturer in the Department of English and Related Literature at the University of York. She received her BA from the University of California at Berkeley and her PhD from the University of Cambridge. She has held a Leverhulme Research Fellowship (2016-17), a Visiting Research Fellowship at the University of Sydney (2017), an AHRC Research Network grant (2013-16), and a University of York Anniversary Lectureship (2010-11).

Research Interests and PhD Supervision

  • Postcolonial and world literature in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Hebrew
  • Literature and 20-21C political movements, especially the Palestinian national movement
  • Solidarity, internationalism, decolonization, anti-imperialism, human rights
  • Theories of postcolonial, comparative, and world literature
  • Cultural activism and advocacy including manifestos, documentary film, and protest poetry

Anna's research is concerned with the literature and culture of anti-colonial struggles that have persisted after the formal end of European imperialism. Her first book, Rhetorics of Belonging: Nation, Narration, and Israel/Palestine (2013), examines Palestinian and Israeli writers’ responses to the expectation that their work will ‘narrate’ the nation. Against a general tendency in postcolonial studies to question the validity of ideas of nationhood, the book seeks to reclaim the nation as a site of oppositional politics in the Palestinian context, while also working towards a relational literary history of Palestine/Israel.

Anna is currently working on a book called International Solidarity and Culture: Nicaragua, South Africa, Palestine, 1975-1990. The book considers appeals for solidarity in literature and film that was circulated among British participants in the Nicaragua solidarity campaign, the anti-apartheid movement, and the Palestine solidarity movement. This period is important for the history of north-south solidarity because it marks a broader shift from third-worldist and liberationist ideas of solidarity to civil society and humanitarian approaches. She focuses on texts and films that resist this shift by promoting a solidarity based on shared political commitments instead of empathy or fellow feeling. This research was supported by a Leverhulme Research Fellowship in 2016-17.

Anna welcomes PhD supervision enquiries from students interested in any area of postcolonial and world literature, particularly literature and transnational movements, anti-colonial and third-worldist literature and culture, Palestinian and Israeli writing, and cultural activism and advocacy. For more details, please see Anna's full research profile.

Teaching

Postcolonial and world literature and theory, literature and solidarity movements, Arabic and Hebrew literature in translation.