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Dr Kerstin Oloff

Associate Professor in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43447
Room number: A13, Elvet Riverside I
Associate Director in the Centre for Cultural Ecologies

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Teaching and Research

I hold an MA in English and Comparative Literary Studies from Warwick University, where I also undertook my doctoral studies funded by the AHRC. In my research, I combine a regionalist approach to the cultures of the Caribbean with my interest in the larger fields of postcolonial and world literatures. I have engaged with postcolonial debates in a Latin American context (in "Representation and Rupture in the Age of Globalization" (2011)), 'greening' world literary approaches ("Greening’ the Zombie: Caribbean Gothic, World-Ecology, and Socio-Ecological Degradation" (2012)), and comparative approaches to Caribbean cultures (Perspectives on the Other America, co-edited with M. Niblett (2009)).

At Durham, I teach on various courses, including the second-year module 'Latin American Texts' and the final-year module 'The Cultures of the Hispanic Caribbean'. I am happy to supervise research students working on the cultures of the Caribbean and Mexico. I am particularly interested in eco-materialism and world-ecology, feminism and gender studies, world-literature and postcolonial studies, as well as the gothic.

Research Groups

School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Research Interests

  • Caribbean Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Postcolonial Theory
  • Feminism and Gender Studies
  • Modernism and Postmodernism

Selected Publications

Book review

  • (2016). Masculinity after Trujillo: The Politics of Gender in Dominican Literature. By Maja Horn. Gainesville: University Press of Florida. 2014. 891-892.
  • Oloff, Kerstin. (2015). Narratives of Migration and Displacement in Dominican Literature, by Danny Méndez. Bulletin of Spanish Studies XCII(6).
  • Oloff, Kerstin (2012). Elusive Origins: The Enlightenment in the Modern Caribbean Historical Imagination. 2010. x + 230 pp. NWIG 86(3 & 4).
  • (2007). (Review article) Private Topographies: Space,Subjectivity, and Political Change in Latin America by Marzena Grezegorczyk. Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos 31(2): 378-380.

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Selected Grants

  • 2005: HRC fellow
  • 2005: Lord Rootes Memorial Fund
  • 2003: AHRC fellow (3 years)