Amy Rushton

Amy Rushton

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Arts & Humanities

Staff Group(s)
English, Culture and Media

Role

Dr Amy Rushton is a Lecturer in English Literature. She specialises in contemporary fiction, postcolonial studies and geopolitical approaches to literary criticism, particularly African fiction. Dr Rushton’s research emphasises the importance of close reading and situating contemporary cultural texts within wider geopolitical narratives in order to register and, crucially, challenge ongoing structural inequalities. Her interest in re-framing historical and global narratives also intersects with current work in queer theory and feminism.

Dr Rushton delivers lectures and seminars on a range of modules, including Postcolonial Texts, Culture and Anarchy, Foundations of Literary Studies, The Book Group, and dissertation supervision.

Career overview

Dr Rushton completed her PhD in English and American Studies at the University of Manchester in 2016. Prior to her appointment at NTU, she held teaching posts at a range of institutions, including the University of Manchester, University of Salford and the University of London International Programme. She has organised a number of conferences, symposia, and seminar series.

Research areas

  • Interventions in postcolonial theory and world-literature
  • The forms and controversies of the contemporary Anglophone African novel
  • Feminism and contemporary women’s writing
  • Marxian feminisms and theorists (particularly the work of Rosa Luxembourg and Eleanor Marx)
  • Queer methodologies
  • Popular music and culture

Current projects

Monograph: Dr Rushton is currently revising her PhD thesis, ‘Re-reading ‘the tragic continent’: exploring and contesting narratives of tragedy in recent Anglophone African fiction’. Productively operating between postcolonial studies and recent work on world systems theory, her project considers why Africa has been portrayed as ‘the tragic continent’, arguing that nuanced understanding of literary form helps us to rethink post-1945 geopolitical narratives. Instead of simply tragic, contemporary fiction dramatise the utopian possibilities contained within the continent’s past, present and future.

Journal articles in progress: contesting ‘Afropolitanism’ in the work of Yvonne Adhiambo Owuo and Taiye Selasi; exploring migration and privilege in Americanah and We Need New Names; revolutionary women in the translated fiction of José Eduardo Agualusa.

Publications

Book Chapter

‘A History of Darkness: Exoticising Strategies and the Nigerian Civil War in Half of a Yellow Sun’. Rushton A in (ed.) Rousselot E, Neo-Historical Exoticism and Contemporary Fiction, 2014, Basingstoke and New York, Palgrave Macmillan

Educational / Reference Materials

‘Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe’. Rushton A, entry in The Literary Encyclopaedia (www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=8277), 2012

Press expertise

Dr Rushton is happy to offer comment on a range of contemporary political and cultural topics including:

  • New or emerging interventions in postcolonial studies (world-systemic influences, ecocriticism, neo-colonialism and neoliberalism)
  • Contesting British national identities, particularly the legacy of the British Empire and ideas of ‘Englishness’
  • Regional working class histories of Staffordshire (the ‘Potteries’)
  • Trends in British and American literary and musical cultures (post-WWII to contemporary)
  • Prize culture (literature and popular music), particularly regarding issues of gender and race
  • Feminism and contemporary women’s writing