Dr Chris Campbell

Research interests

My primary research interests lie in the intersections of world literature, postcolonial theory and environmental criticism. I’m particularly interested in twentieth-century Caribbean literature and culture, world-ecology and postcolonial ecocriticism, and histories of broadcast culture and decolonization. From a broader perspective my research interests include: world literature as literature of the modern world-system; literary and cultural theory; the environmental humanities, debates in modernity and modernism; decolonizing Britain; colonial/postcolonial Cyprus; and west country writing.

I have published articles in the Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Green Letters and New Formations and contributed chapters to collections in the fields of world literature, ecocriticism and postcolonial studies. I have co-edited two collections on Caribbean literature and the environment: ‘What is the Earthy Paradise?’: Eco-critical Response to the Caribbean (Cambridge Scholars, 2007) with Erin Somerville and, with Mike Niblett, The Caribbean: Aesthetics, World-Ecology, Politics (Liverpool University Press, 2016). Through its deployment of the concept of ‘world-ecology’, this recent collection offers up a new angle of vision on the interconnections between aesthetics, ecology, and politics. The volume seeks to grasp these categories not as discrete (if overlapping) entities, but rather as differentiated moments within a single historical process. The ‘social’ changes through which the Caribbean has developed have always involved changes in the relationship between humans and the rest of nature; and these changes have long been entangled with the emergence of new kinds of cultural production

Research collaborations

Between 2012 and 2015 I was Co-Investigator on an AHRC Research Grant based at Warwick, titled Decolonizing Voices: World Literature and Broadcast Culture at the End of Empire. Making use of the unique access to the papers, diaries, and letters of the BBC producer Henry Swanzy, the project examined the networks of literary and cultural production in the Anglophone Caribbean, West Africa (specifically Ghana, the work of the Ghana Broadcasting System in Accra), and the mediating role played by the BBC Colonial Service in shaping the stylistic and political contours of emerging world literatures in the twentieth century. The project aimed to map out a cultural topography of the uneven production, circulation, and reception of cultural forms within the world-system at the time of decolonization (1945-1968). The project team comprises Dr Michael Niblett (Warwick), Dr Victoria Smith (Ghana), and Prof Stewart Brown (Birmingham). Please see link below for further details:

AHRC Project: Decolonizing Voices: World Literature and Broadcast Culture

Currently, I’m developing a collaborative project – Commodity Fictions: World-Ecology and World Literature in the ‘long’ Twentieth Century that focuses on the period 1890 to the present and uses the world-ecological perspective as basis for a new form of literary comparativism. The project examines literary responses to the forms of environment-making through which a selection of key commodity frontiers (including sugar, cacao, coal, tin, stone and gold) have developed across the globe.