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Dr Maryam Mirza

Assistant Professor in the Department of English Studies

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Academic Bio

I received my PhD from Aix-Marseille University in 2012 and joined Durham University as Assistant Professor in World Literatures in English in September 2018. I have held an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Bonn as well as a BeIPD-COFUND Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Liege. I was also the recipient of a Charles Wallace Pakistan Trust Visiting Fellowship which was held at Newcastle University. I have taught at several universities and colleges in Pakistan, including Kinnaird College for Women and the National College of Arts, Lahore.

Office Hour (2019/2020):

10 - 11, Monday mornings.


ER 266, Elvet Riverside 2

Telephone: +44 (0) 1913344335


My research interests lie at the intersection of South Asian postcolonial literature, gender studies, sociology, political philosophy and economics.

I am currently working on my second monograph, provisionally entitled Resistance and Its Discontents in South Asian Women's Fiction, which explores the theme of resistance through the lens of Anglophone fiction by contemporary writers such as Arundhati Roy, Kamila Shamsie, Manju Kapur, Tahmima Anam, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Meena Kandasamy.

I also regularly interview South Asian diasporic writers for Monash University’s Creative Lives: The Interview Series. My latest interview can be accessed here:

Teaching (2019/2020):

During the academic year 2019/2020, I will be convening the Level 3 Resistance in South Asian Postcolonial Literature module, and will be lecturing on the Introduction to the Novel, English: Language, Use, Theory, and Post-War Fiction and Poetry modules.

Selected Publications

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  • Mirza, Maryam (Published). ‘Precarious Beings and Impossible Dreams.’ Review of What Will You Give for This Beauty? by Ali Akbar Natiq.

Chapter in book

  • Mirza, M. (Forthcoming). Diasporic Female Precarity and Agency in Sunjeev Sahota’s The Year of the Runaways. In Poverty and Precarity in a Postcolonial World. Schmidt-Haberkamp, B., Gymnich, M. & Schneider,K.P. Brill.
  • Mirza, M. (2017). The Individual and the Collective in Contemporary India: Manju Kapur’s Home and Custody. In Indian Literature and the World: Multilingualism, Translation and the Public Sphere. Ciocca, R. & Srivastava, N. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Mirza, M. (2015). Intimacy across Caste and Class Boundaries in Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things. In Dalit Literatures in India. Misrahi-Barak, J. & Joshi, A. Routledge.
  • Mirza,M. (2011). Female Space and its Discontents in Shashi Deshpande’s The Dark Holds No Terrors. In Perceiving and Representing Space in the English-Speaking World. Omhovère,C. Presses universitaires de Nancy. 81-95.

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