Dr Karen D’Souza

Senior Lecturer in English Literature

Department of English, History & Creative Writing


I was appointed to the Literature team in 2007 and have previously taught at Manchester Metropolitan University. At Edge Hill I teach widely across the English Literature undergraduate programme and have specialist qualifications in Postcolonial and Renaissance literature. My main teaching areas in the Department are related to colonial, postcolonial, migrant and world literatures, and I have designed and lead a number of new modules that explore the connections between literature, empire and globalization.

I also teach critical theory on the MA programme and have co-developed an innovative module on love, literature and popular culture.

My main research interests are in postcolonial and migrant women’s writing, and also the changing dynamic of literature in the postcolonial world of the Indian Ocean region.  I am currently working on a project related to narratives of voice and silence in postcolonial women’s writing.

Research Interests

  • Colonial and Postcolonial Literature
  • Postcolonial Feminist Theory
  • South Asian Women’s Writing
  • Diaspora and Migrant Writing


I currently teach on the following modules:

BA Programme

  • LIT 1013 Critical Reading
  • LIT3036: Imperialism and Textuality
  • LIT 2023 Modernism
  • LIT 3024 The Sense of an Ending

MA Programme

  • HUM4000 Critical Approaches to Postgraduate Study in the Humanities
  • HUM 4003 Dissertation
  • HUM4034 Love Actually? Love, Literature and Popular Culture


For more information about my publications please visit the Edge Hill Research Archive.

  • D’Souza, Karen, ‘(En)gendering Traditional Narratives in Postcolonial Nationalisms: Reading Githa Hariharan’s The Thousand Faces of Night’South Asian Cultural Studies (SACS), 4.2 (October 2013), ISSN 1749-6764 (online) <www.southasianculturalstudies.co.uk
  • ‘Anita Desai’s “The Rooftop Dwellers” – An Alternative Subaltern History’ Chapter in The Short Story, ed. Ailsa Cox, Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009
  • Locating Agency Around the Funeral Pyre: Representation of Sati in Indian Women’s Writing,’  South Asian Cultural Studies (SACS), 2007
  • ‘Translating Culture: South Asia from Text to Global Screen’ in Fade In(quarterly film magazine published by Rainbow Film Society), January 2004
  • D’Souza, K, and Shakur,T., Picturing South Asian Culture in English, Open House Press, 2003
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