Dr Kate Houlden

Senior Lecturer, English Literature

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences

Department:Department of English and Media

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: English literature

Courses taught: English Literature

Kate teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate modules in English literature. Her research focuses on gender and sexuality in Caribbean literature.

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Twitter: @kate_houlden



Before joining Anglia Ruskin, Kate was a Lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University, held a one-year teaching fellowship at the University of Surrey and also taught at Queen Mary, University of London, where she did her AHRC funded PhD.

Her work focuses primarily on questions of gender and sexuality in postwar Caribbean Literature, although she also has an interest in postcolonial fiction/world literatures more generally, as well as postwar British literature and contemporary fiction. Her book Sexuality, Gender and Nationalism in Caribbean Literature is under contract with Routledge, as is a co-edited collection (with Dr. Nadia Atia, QMUL) on Popular Postcolonialisms. She has published essays in the Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Memory Studies, Interventions, the Journal of West Indian Literature and English Studies in Africa as well as a range of collections. She plans a future essay on the work of little-known twentieth century author, Anna Kavan and is developing a project on gender, sexuality and world literatures.

Areas of research supervision

Kate would welcome potential students interested in Caribbean, postcolonial and world literatures or gender and sexuality studies.


For 2015-16 Kate will be teaching:

  • Level 4: Introduction to Literary Criticism
  • Level 5: Postcolonial
  • MA: Re-Reading Modernism, Practising Postmodernism


  • PhD and MA English, Queen Mary, University of London
  • BA English, University of Liverpool

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Steering Committee member of the Northern Postcolonial Network
  • Member of the Postcolonial Studies Association

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • Mar 2015: Internal funding from Liverpool John Moores University to host the inaugural event of the Northern Postcolonial Network; support in kind provided by Manchester, Sheffield and Salford Universities
  • Sept 2014: Funding/support received from the Institute of English Studies, Liverpool John Moores University and Peter Owen publishers for the symposium Anna Kavan: Historical Context, Influences and Legacy of her Fiction at the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study of the University of London
  • Jan-Jul 2013: Recipient of LJMU Early Career Fellowship Scheme and £2,000 to develop a mentoring relationship with Prof. Neil Lazarus at Warwick University
  • Apr 2012: Funding received from the Postcolonial Studies Association and Queen Mary, University of London for the symposium Popular Postcolonialisms

Selected recent publications

Sexuality, Gender and Nationalism in Caribbean Literature: Writings from the Post-war Anglophone Caribbean. Routledge, Research in Postcolonial Literatures series for publication 2016

Popular Postcolonialisms. Ed. Nadia Atia and Kate Houlden. Routledge, Research in Postcolonial Literatures series for publication 2016

'Writing the impossible: Racial, Sexual and Stylistic Expansivity in Nalo Hopkinson's The Salt Roads (2003)', Journal of Postcolonial Writing (2015)

'Racialised Femininities in Samuel Selvon's Trinidad novels' in Beyond Calypso: Re-Reading Sam Selvon ed. Malachi McIntosh (Kingston, Jamaica: Ian Randle, forthcoming 2015)

'John Hearne's Plantation Fantasy' in Beyond Windrush: Rethinking Postwar Anglophone Caribbean Literature eds. J. Dillon Brown and Leah Reade Rosenberg (Jackson, MS: University of Mississippi Press, forthcoming 2015), 145-57.

'"It Worked in a Different Way": Male Same-Sex Desire in the Novels of Abdulrazak Gurnah', English Studies in Africa, Special Issue: Critical Perspectives on Abdulrazak Gurnah 56.1 (May 2013): 91-104

'Andrew Salkey, the British Home and the Intimacies In-between', Interventions 15.1, Special Issue: Postcolonial Intimacies (2013): 95-109

'Sam Selvon's The Lonely Londoners (1956), White Sexual Desire and the Calypso Aesthetic', Journal of West Indian Literature 20.2, Special Issue: Sam Selvon (Apr 2012): 24-37

'Andrew Salkey, James Baldwin and the Case of the "Leading Aberrant": Early Gay Narratives in the British Media' in LGBT Transnational Identity and the Media ed. Christopher Pullen (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), 146-60

'Nostalgia for the Past as Guide to the Future: Paule Marshall's The Chosen Place, The Timeless People', Memory Studies 3 (Jul 2010): 253-61

Recent presentations and conferences

Oct 2015, 'Andrew Salkey and a Queer Caribbean Writing of London', Interpreting Communities: Minority Writing in European Literary Fields, Cambridge University and the Institute of Modern Languages Research School, Senate House

Oct 2014, Invited speaker, '”Galahad feel like a king living in London”: Sam Selvon's The Lonely Londoners (1956)', Literary London Reading Group, Institute of English Studies

Sept 2014, Invited speaker, 'World Literature and Postcolonialism', World Literature: Theories, Practice, Pedagogies, University of Warwick Summer School

Sept 2014, 'Postcolonial Masculinities in Anna Kavan's Who Are You?', Anna Kavan: Historical Context, Influences and Legacy of her Fiction at the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study of the University of London

Nov 2013, Invited speaker, Round Table, Caribbean Sexualities: Desire and Dissidence in the Anglophone Caribbean, Reading University

Mar 2013, 'Bodily Sexualities in Nalo Hopkinson's The Salt Roads (2003)', Talking Bodies: Identity, Sexuality, Representation, University of Chester