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: Literature

Courses taught: English Literature

Kate teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate modules in English literature. Her research focuses on Caribbean fiction, and the intersections between queer studies, transnational feminism and world-literature.

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Twitter: @kate_houlden, @WorldLitNetwork

Facebook: World Literature Network



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

Her book Sexuality, Gender and Nationhood in Caribbean Literature appeared in 2016, and a co-edited collection on Popular Postcolonialisms is to follow in 2017 (both with Routledge). 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 is one of the founders of the international World Literature Network and her current research focuses on the intersections between queer studies, transnational feminism and world-literature. She has an essay forthcoming on queer and world-literary approaches to the work of Anna Kavan, and is developing a project on female domestic workers in fiction.

Areas of research supervision

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


For 2016-17 Kate will be teaching:

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


  • Certificate in Learning and Teaching (Distinction)
  • PhD and MA English, Queen Mary, University of London
  • BA English, University of Liverpool

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Founder member of the international World Literature Network
  • 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 2016: £5,000 received from the Independent Social Research Foundation Small Grants Scheme for a joint, interdisciplinary research trip to Jamaica with a colleague from Social Psychology at Goldsmiths University
  • Oct 2015: Successful internal funding bid at Anglia Ruskin University for a seeding event in April 2016 to investigate the parameters of launching an international world literatures network; in conjunction with NUI Galway
  • Mar 2015: Internal funding bid accepted by 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, University of London
  • Jan-Jul 2013: £2,000 received from LJMU Early Career Fellowship Scheme
  • • Apr 2012: £500 from the Postcolonial Studies Association for the symposium Popular Postcolonialisms; support in kind provided by Queen Mary, University of London

Selected recent publications


Popular Postcolonialisms: Popular Cultural Forms and the Postcolonial Paradigm. Edited collection with Dr Nadia Atia, QMUL: contracted with Routledge, Research in Postcolonial Literatures series for publication 2017

Sexuality, Gender and Nationalism in Caribbean Literature: Writings from the Post-war Anglophone Caribbean. Monograph (Abingdon: Routledge, Research in Postcolonial Literatures, 2016)


‘Queering the World or Worlding the Queer? New Readings of Anna Kavan’s Who are You? (1963)’, Women: A Cultural Review, Special Issue: Anna Kavan (forthcoming 2017)

‘Writing the Impossible: Racial, Sexual and Stylistic Expansivity in Nalo Hopkinson’s The Salt Roads (2003)’, Journal of Postcolonial Writing 51.4 (Jun 2015): 462-75 DOI: 10.1080/17449855.2015.1038577

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

“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

‘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

Book chapters:

‘Racialised Femininities in Samuel Selvon’s Trinidad novels’ in Beyond Calypso: Re-Reading Sam Selvon ed. Malachi McIntosh (Kingston, Jamaica: Ian Randle, 2016), 84-101

‘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, 2015), 145-57

‘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

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