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Dr Treasa De Loughry

Research interests

Before joining Exeter, I worked as an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of English at Maynooth University Ireland, and as a Tutor in the School of English, Drama and Film at University College Dublin, Ireland, where I also completed my doctoral research. My work has been funded by the Fulbright Commission, the Irish Research Council, a NUI Galway Moore Institute Fellowship, and UCD seed funding.

My research intersects world literature, postcolonial studies and environmental criticism, with a focus on food and energy. I have three major research projects emerging from these topics including

  • contemporary global novels from the UK, India and the US and their registration of planetary economic and ecological crises, or capitalism-in-crisis; 
  • comparative approaches to petro-modernity, especially experimental visual, poetic and novelistic responses to the uneven impacts or “slow violence” of plastic waste and oil-toxicity; and
  • formal mediations (gothic, documentary realism, short stories etc) of global transformations in local ecologies and foodways, especially protest discourses from Europe (Ireland, UK) and South and South East Asia from the 1970s onwards in response to eco-modernization programmes.

I have articles published or forthcoming in the Journal of Postcolonial Writing, the Journal of Commonwealth Literature and Green Letters; and chapters forthcoming on David Mitchell’s global novels and their registration of environmental crisis deriving from oil scarcity and climate change; and the intersection of gender and food crises in post-1970s SE Asian literature.

My monograph, tentatively titled The Global Novel and Capitalism in Crisis - Contemporary Literary Narratives is under contract with the Palgrave Macmillan Series “New Comparisons in World Literature.”  The Global Novel examines how contemporary novels from the 1990s-2000s evolved new aesthetics to represent global economic and ecological crises. It argues that postcolonial studies cannot account for global crises that exceed the national and anti-colonial, advocating an interdisciplinary eco-materialist and world-literary framework. It is informed by a synthesis of materialist literary theory with world-systems theory, combining Fredric Jameson and Georg Lukács with Giovanni Arrighi and Jason W. Moore, to examine how literature and literary form metabolises not only socio-economic conditions, but also global transformations in ecology. It also investigates how global novels provide new ways of narrating and understanding planetary crises through experimental narrative modes like fragmented short-story cycles, the avant-garde, and speculative eco-dystopian imaginaries in novels by Salman Rushdie, David Mitchell, Rana Dasgupta and Rachel Kushner.