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Research Profile

  • Professor Wilson is Director of Research in the School of Arts at the University of Northampton where she is also Professor of English and Postcolonial Studies. She has a D. Phil from Oxford (St Catherine’s College); an MA in Medieval English from the University of Sydney, Australia; an MA in English from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. From 1988-1998 she taught at the University of Otago, New Zealand. Janet was Research Fellow at the Rothermere American Institute at the University of Oxford (2008-09) and then an Associate Fellow (until 2011); Visiting Fellow in New Zealand Studies at Birkbeck , University of London (2010-11). As Vice-Chair of the New Zealand Studies Network she helps convene and coordinate New Zealand related research events at Birkbeck.

  • Until recently Janet coordinated and taught the MA in English Language at the University of Northampton. Her current teaching includes modules in Postcolonial Literature, Modernism and Research Methods on the MA in English (Contemporary Literature), and undergraduate dissertations. Her undergraduate teaching has covered topics such as New Zealand and Australian cinema, Victorian literature, English Language. In 2012 she taught Diaspora Studies in the School of Social Sciences to Canadian exchange students on the Canadian Government EU-Can, Transatlantic Exchange Programme.

  • Janet’s research interests are in the literary and visual cultures of the white settler societies of New Zealand and Australia, and in diaspora and postcolonial writing more generally. She has also written on other topics such as literature and fundamentalism and right wing rhetoric. At present she is writing on adaptation in New Zealand and Australian cinema, Katherine Mansfield as a (post)colonial modernist  writer,  and a chapter on ‘Transnational Movements’ for the Oxford History of the Novel in English, vol 12.

    Janet has supervised a number of doctoral dissertations in Postcolonial writing, and currently supervise dissertations on Place and Space in Postcolonial Cinema, South Korean Cinema, Catalan and Spanish cinemas, the discourse of Chinese advertising, Modernism and Mysticism, Katherine Mansfield and Consciousness, Beckett and Emptiness, contemporary Egyptian literature, representations of Mothering in  South Asian film and narrative. She welcomes applications for doctoral research in all these areas, especially those relevant to my current research interests in Katherine Mansfield and diaspora writing.

    Janet currently represents the University of Northampton in the EU Marie Curie-funded Initial Training Network, Constructions of Home and Belonging (CoHaB) in collaboration with the universities of Munster, Stockholm, Mumbai, SOAS, and Oxford, funded by EU Marie Curie. This programme in Diaspora Studies will deliver Initial Training Networks to early researchers over three years, and she currently hosts and supervises an Early Stage Researcher at Northampton.

    In Northampton’s School of Arts Janet oversees and manages research and enterprise.  She also directs the Centre for Contemporary Narrative and Cultural Theory and the research group in  Postcolonial Visual Culture and Narrative. This involves research projects with colleagues and partners in Spanish Universities (Vigo, Zaragoza and the Balearic Isles), supported by Santander funding.

    Janet has recently convened the following conferences and events:

    • 13 October 2013: The Annual Katherine Mansfield Birthday Lecture, Birkbeck University of London, co-hosted by the University of Northampton and the Open University.
    • 2 November 2013: Ten Years On: A Symposium on the Works of Janet Frame; Birkbeck, University of London, co-convened by the New Zealand Studies Network and the University of Northampton
    • 25 May 2012.  A symposium on ‘”Seeing and Being Seen”: Postcolonial Visual Culture and Performance’, School of the Arts, University of Northampton.
    • 6-7 July 2012. The Inaugural Conference of the New Zealand Studies Network, “New Zealand’s Cultures: Sources, Histories, Futures”. Birkbeck University of London co-hosted with the University of Northampton.
    • 14 October 2912: The Annual Katherine Mansfield, Birthday Lecture, Birkbeck University of London, co-hosted by the University of Northampton and the Open University.
    • 25-26 October 2012 (with Belen Martin Lucas, University of Vigo, Spain): “Narratives of ‘Difference’ in the Global Marketplace.” University of Northampton.
    • 21-26 March 2013: The Inaugural CoHaB Summer School, University of Northampton.

    Since 2005 Janet has been editor (now co-editor) of the Journal of Postcolonial Writing;and from 2008-11 was Chair of the European Association of Commonwealth Language and Literature Studies (EACALS); she is currently a member of the Arts & Humanities Research Council (UK) College of Peer Reviewers.

  • For publications, projects, datasets, research interests and activities, view Janet Wilson’s research profile on Pure, the University of Northampton’s Research Explorer.

  • Books, essay collections and guest-edited journal issues

    • 2018. With Gerri Kimber, ed. Re-forming World Literature: Katherine Mansfield and the Modernist Short Story (Stuttgart: Ibidem Verlag). Contracted and in preparation.
    • 2018. Ed. The General and the Nightingale: The War Stories of Dan Davin (Dunedin: Otago University Press). Contracted and in preparation.
    • 2017. With K. Stierstorfer, ed. The Diaspora Studies Reader (London & New York: Routledge).  ISBN-13: 978-1138783195. In press.
    • 2017. With Daria Tunca. Postcolonial Gateways and Walls: Under Construction (Leiden: Brill/Rodopi). “Introduction: Gateways and Walls, or the Power and Pitfalls of Postcolonial Metaphors,” pp. ix-xviii.
    • 2016. With Chandani Lokuge, ed.  “Asian Australian Writing.” Special issue of Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 51.5 (October).  Introduction, “Realigning the Margins: Asian  Australian Writing,” pp. 527-32 (under consideration for hard copy book production).
    • 2016. With Chris Ringrose, New Soundings in Postcolonial Writing: Critical and Creative  Contours. Cross/Cultures 189 (Leiden & Boston: Brill- Rodopi). “Introduction: Tilling the Fields of Postcolonial Literature,” pp. xi-xiv. 
    • 2015. With Pavan Malreddy,  Birte Heidemann, Ole Birk Laursen, ed, Reworking Postcolonialism: Globalization, Labour and Rights  (London: Palgrave).
    • 2015. With Rod Edmond, ed. “New Zealand and the First World War.” Special issue of Journal of New Zealand Literature 33.2. 181 pp.
    • 2015. With D. Tunca, ed. “Postcolonial Thresholds: Gateways and Borders.” Special issue of Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 51.1 (February). “Introduction,” pp. 1-6.
    • 2014. With Paloma Fresno Calleja, ed. Un Pais de Cuento: Veinte relatos de Nueva Zelanda, ed. Paloma Fresno Calleja and Janet Wilson. Translated by Paloma Fresno Calleja (Zaragoza: P of University of Zaragoza). “Prologo,” pp. 19-27.
    • 2014. With Rod. Edmond, ed. “New Zealand’s Cultures: Histories, Sources, Futures.” Special issue of Journal of New Zealand Literature, 32.2.
    • 2013. With Gerri Kimber and Delia da Sousa Correa, ed. Katherine Mansfield and the (Post)colonial, ed. Janet Wilson. Katherine Mansfield Studies, 5 (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press), “Introduction,” pp. 1-14.
    • 2011. With Gerri Kimber and Sue Reid, ed. Katherine Mansfield and Literary Modernism. London: Continuum.
    • 2011. With Gerri Kimber. Celebrating Katherine Mansfield: A Centenary Volume of Essays, London: Palgrave), “Introduction,” pp. 1-10.
    • 2010. Rerouting the Postcolonial: New Directions for the New Millennium, ed. Janet Wilson, Cristina Sandru, Sarah Lawson Welsh (London: Routledge). “Introductions,” pp. 1-21. ISBN 978-0-415-54325-5.
    • 2009. With Sarah Lawson Welsh and Fiona Tolan, ed. “Rerouting the Postcolonial.” Special issue of Journal of Postcolonial Writing 45.2 (June). Editors’ Note, pp. 121-23.
    • 2007. Fleur Adcock.  Writers and their Work Series (Plymouth: Northcote House and the British Council): xii + 141 pp.  ISBN: 0746310404. (Reviewed in PN Review 35.3 (Jan-Feb 2009). 73-74; British Review of New Zealand Studies 17 (March 2009)).
    • 2007. Ed. The Gorse Blooms Pale: The Southland Stories of Dan Davin (Dunedin: Otago University Press): 314 pp. ISBN 978-1-877372-42-1.
    • 2006. With Clara A. B. Joseph, ed.  Global Fissures; Postcolonial Fusions (Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi).  “Introduction,” pp. xi-xxvi. 326 pp. ISBN 90-420-2018-0. (Reviewed in The Year’s Work in English Studies, reprint /87/1/1101. Journal of Postcolonial Writing 45.1 (March 2009): 108-09).

    Chapters in books

    • 2018. “‘That Direct flick of the Thing Seen’: Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf as Short Story Writers.” In Re-forming World Literature: Katherine Mansfield and the Modernist Short Story, ed. Gerri Kimber and Janet Wilson (Stuttgart, Ibidem Verlag). In preparation.
    • 2017. “Transnational Movements: Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the South Pacific.” In The Oxford History of the Novel in English. Vol 12, ed. Paul Sharrad, Coral-Ann Howells, Jerry Turcotte (Oxford: Oxford University Press), ch. 9.
    • 2017. “James K. Baxter: The Autobiographical Writings.” James K. Baxter as Prose Writer, ed. Peter Whiteford and Geoff Miles (Wellington: Victoria University Press). In press.
    • 2017. “‘Feuille d’Album’: Katherine Mansfield’s Prufrockian Encounter with T. S. Eliot.” Katherine Mansfield and the Bloomsbury Group, ed. Todd Martin (London: Bloomsbury), pp. 73-90.
    • 2017. “Mohsin Hamid and the Transnational Novel of Globalization.” The Contemporary British Novel since 2000, ed. James Acheson (Edinburgh; Edinburgh University Press), pp. 177-87.
    • 2017. “(Not) Saying Sorry: Australian Responses to the Howard Government’s refusal to Apologise to the Stolen Generation.”  The Cross-Cultural  Legacy: Critical and Creative Writings in Memory of Hena Maes-Jelinek, ed. Gordon Collier, Geoffrey V. Davis, Marc Delrez and Benedicte Ledent. Cross/Cultures 193 (Leiden : Brill/Rodopi), pp. 295-312.
    • 2016. “Queer Diasporas:  Literary Diaspora Studies and the Law.” Diaspora, Law, Literature, ed. Daniela Carpi, and Klaus Stierstorfer (Leiden: de Gruyters),  pp. 293-206.
    • 2016. “Katherine Mansfield and Anima Mundi: France and the Tradition of Nature Personified.” In Katherine Mansfield’s French Lives, ed. Claire Davison and Gerri Kimber (Leiden: Brill/Rodopi), pp. 127-142.
    • 2015.  “The ‘Burden’  of the Feminine: Frank Sargeson’s Encounter with Katherine Mansfield.” In Katherine Mansfield and Literary Influence, ed. Sarah Ailwood and Melinda Harvey (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press), pp.  207-218.
    • 2015. “Discoursing on the Slums: Representing the Cosmopolitan Subaltern.” In Reworking Postcolonialism: Globalization , Labour and Rights  ed. Pavan Malreddy,  Birte Heidemann, Ole Birk Laursen, Janet Wilson (London: Palgrave), pp. 333-357.
    • 2015. “Katherine Mansfield’s Stories 1901-1914: The Child and the ‘Childish’.” In Katherine Mansfield & Continental Europe: Connections and Influences, ed. Janka Kascakova and Gerri Kimber (London: Palgrave), pp. 221-235.
    • 2014. “Toxic Rhetoric:  the language  of The Turner Diaries: A Novel.” In Doublespeak: The Rheotric of the Far Right since 1945, ed. Matthew Feldman and Paul Jackson (Stuttgart : Ibidem-Verlag), pp. 61-80.
    • 2013. “From Colonial Outsider to Postcolonial Insider: Screen Adaptations  from Australia and New Zealand/Aotearoa.” For Postcolonial Theory and the Global Age : Interdisciplinary Essays, ed. Om Prakash Dwivedi and Martin Kich (Jefferson NC: McFarland & Co. Inc.), pp. 59-72.  ISBN 978-1-4766-0574-6.
    • 2013. “Katherine Mansfield as (Post)colonial Modernist; rewriting the contract with death.” In Katherine Mansfield and the (Post)colonial, ed. Janet Wilson, Gerri Kimber, Delia da Sousa Correa. Katherine Mansfield Studies, 5 (Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh), pp. 29-44.
    • 2012. “The Contemporary Terrorist Novel and Religious Fundamentalism: Richard Flanagan, Mohsin Hamid, Orhan Pamuk.” In Burning Books: Negotiations between Fundamentalism and Literature, ed. Catherine Pesso-Miquel and Klaus Stierstorfer (New York: AMS Press), pp.  91-109.
    • 2012. “The ‘New Chum’: Writing of the English Diaspora in New Zealand, 1860-1914.” In  Far from ‘Home’: The English in New Zealand, ed. Angela McCarthy and Lyndon Fraser (Dunedin: Otago University Press), pp. 165-84.
    • 2012. “Dan Davin: the literary legacy of war.”  Scholars at War: Australasian Social Scientists, 1939-1945,  ed.  Geoffrey Gray, Doug Munro and Christine Winter  (Canberra: ANU E Press), pp. 225-41. 2012/02/whole3.pdf ; ), (scholars-at-war
    • 2012. “Antipodean Rewritings of Great Expectations: Peter Carey’s Jack Maggs (1997) and  Lloyd Jones’s Mister Pip (2007).” In The Shadow of the Precursor, ed. Diana Glenn et al. (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing), pp. 220-35.
    • 2011. “Fleur Adcock.” (2500 words).  The  Literary Encyclopaedia (online publication).
    • 2011. “Kevin Ireland.” For the “25 New Zealand Poets for the Poetry Archive (U.K.) 2011 Project.” Co-coordinating Editor: Jan Kemp; Poetry Archive Directors: Sir Andrew Motion & Richard Carrington. <
    • 2011. “‘Where is Katherine?’ Longing and (Un)belonging in the Works of Katherine Mansfield.” Celebrating Katherine Mansfield: A Centenary Volume of Essays, ed. Gerri Kimber and Janet Wilson (London: Palgrave), pp. 175-188.
    • 2011. “Rerepresenting Indigeneity in Some Recent New Zealand and Australian Films.” New Zealand Cinema: Interpreting the Past, ed. Alistair, Fox, Hilary Radner and Barry Keith Grant. (London: Intellect): pp. 199-215. ISBN 9781841504254.
    • 2010. “Introduction.”  Frank Sargeson’s Stories (Auckland, Cape Catley Ltd.), pp. 9-19.
    • 2010.  “Visits and Visitors.” Frank Sargeson’s Stories (Auckland, Cape Catley Ltd.), pp. 353-56. (Reprinted)
    • 2009.  “The Pastoral in the Works of Fleur Adcock.” In New Versions of the Pastoral: Post-Romantic, Modern and Contemporary Responses to the Tradition, ed. David James and Philip Tew (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press: Madison, NJ.): pp. 174-84.
    • 2009. “Introduction.” In 3rd International Idea Conference: Studies in English. Ed. Rezzan Kocaoner Silku, Aylin Atilla, Idil Aydogan Bicer (Izmir: Ege University Press): pp. v-xxi.
    • 2009. “Constructing the Metropolitan Homeland: The Literatures of the White Settler Societies of Australia and New Zealand.” In Comparing Postcolonial Diasporas. Ed. Michelle Keown, David Murphy and James Procter (London: Palgrave Macmillan): pp. 125-145.
    • 2007. With Dieter Riemenschneider, “New Zealand/Aotearoa.” In English Literatures Across the Globe: A Companion, ed. Lars Eckstein (Paderborn: Wilhelm Fink Verlag):  pp. 201-223.
    • 2006. With Anna Smith. “Maori and Pakeha Literature: An Overview.” In World Literature: Contemporary Postcolonial and Post-Imperial Literatures, ed. Nilufer Bharucha  (New Delhi: Prestige Books): pp. 199-217. ISBN: 9818755529.
    • 2006. “Dan Davin” (2,500 words) and “Marilyn Duckworth” (2000 words) for The Literary Encyclopaedia. Online publication.
    • 2005. “A Tribute to Lauris Edmond, 1925-2000” (with others). In Towards a Transcultural Future: Literature and Society in a ‘Post’-Colonial World, ed. Geoffrey V. Davis, Peter H. Marsden,
    •          Benedicte Ledente and Marc Delrez, Cross/Cultures 79; ASNEL Papers 9.2 (Amsterdam-New
    • York, Rodopi, 2005): pp. 1-15. ISBN: 90-420-1736—8.
    • 2005. “Maaori,” In A Historical Companion to Postcolonial Literatures, ed. Prem Proddar and David Johnson (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press): pp. 301-05. ISBN 0-7486-1855-4
    • 2005.  “Suffering and Survival: Body and Voice in Recent Maori Writing,” In Vol.  lI of New Windows on a Woman’s World: Essays for Jocelyn Harris. Ed. Colin Gibson and Lisa Marr. 2 vols. Otago Studies in English 9.  (Dunedin: Department of English, University of Otago, 2005): pp. 425-38.  ISBN:  1-877139-89-0. Reprinted by ThomsonGale: Chicago.
    • 2004. “New Zealand Literary Nationalism and the Transcultural Future, or: Will the Centre Hold?” In Towards a Transcultural Future: Literature and Society in a ‘Post’-Colonial World.  Ed. Geoffrey V. Davis, Peter H. Marsden, Benedicte Ledent and Marc Delrez. Cross / Cultures 77; ASNEL Papers 9.1 (Amsterdam-New York: Rodopi, 2004): pp. 119-133. ISBN 909-420-1773-2.
    • 2003. “Visits and Visitors.” In An Affair of the Heart: A Celebration of Frank Sargeson’s Centenary, ed. Graeme Lay and Stephen Stratford (Auckland: Cape Catley): pp. 87- 93.
    • 2003. “Poet and Patron in Early Fifteenth Century England: John Lydgate’s Temple of Glas.”  In Literature Criticism from 1400-1800.  Vol. 81, ed. Tom Schoenberg  (ThomsonGale: Chicago): pp. 307-12. Reprinted from Parergon, XI (1975): pp. 25-32.
    • 2003. “Pathologies of Violence: Religion and Postcolonial Identity in New Zealand Cinema.” In Representing Religion in World Cinema: Filmmaking, Mythmaking, Culture Making, ed. Brent S. Plate (Palgrave: St Martins): pp. 197-217. 
    • 2002. “The Abject and Sublime: Enabling Conditions of New Zealand’s Post-Colonial Identity.” In Post-Colonial Cultures and Literatures: Modernity and the (Un)Commonwealth, ed. Andrew Benjamin et al. (New York: Peter Lang):  pp. 300-319.

    Journal articles

    • 2017. “A Pacific sojourn: Anna Kavan and the New Zealand Connection, 1941-42.” Under review for “Anna Kavan.” Special issue of Women: A Cultural Review, ed. Victoria Walker.
    • 2016. “(Not)being at home: Hsu Ming Teo’s Behind the Moon (2005) and Michelle de Kretser’s Questions of Travel (2012).” In “Asian Australian Writing.” Special issue of Journal of Postcolonial Writing, ed. Janet Wilson and Chandani Lokuge. 51.5: 545-558.
    • 2016. “‘Colonize. Pioneer. Bash and Slash’: Once on Chunuk Bair and the Anzac Myth.” Journal of New Zealand Literature 34.1. 27-53.  
    • 2015. “Introduction” to “Janet Frame: Ten Years On.” Special focus in Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 51.5 (October): 574-78.
    • 2015. June.  “Memories of Syd Harrex”, Asiatic: International Islamic University of Malyasia Journal of English Literature and Language, 9.1: 20-22.
    • 2014. “Veiling and Unveiling: Mansfield’s modernist aesthetics.” “Katherine Mansfield: Masked and Unmasked,” ed. Harry Ricketts and Anna Jackson. Special issue of  Journal of New Zealand Literature, 32.2. 203-225. 
    • 2014. “White Settler Societies: New Zealand Women’s Writing in Diaspora.” In Diasporas, Cultures of Mobilities, ‘Race’, Volume 1 “Diasporas and Cultures of Migrations,” ed. Judith Misrahi-Barak & Claudine Raynaud. Series PoCoPages (Coll. Horizons anglophones. Montpellier: Pulm.): 295-322.
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    • 2013. “Reconfiguring the National Canon: The Edinburgh Edition of  The Collected Works of Katherine Mansfield“ (with Gerri Kimber). “New Zealand’s Cultures: Histories, Sources, Futures,” ed. Rod Edmond and Janet Wilson. Special issue of Journal of New Zealand Literature, 31.2: 122-44.
    • 2011. “The Lagoon and Other Stories: Story-telling, Metafiction and the Framean Text.”    “Janet Frame and Short Fiction.” Special issue of Commonwealth Essays and Studies, ed. Marta Dvorak and Christine Lorre. 33.2. (Spring):  124-36.
    • 2010. ”French Bomb Testing in the South Pacific and the Rainbow Warrior incident: Responses to an Act of International Terrorism.” “New Zealand and Australia,” ed. Joel Gwynne. Special issue of Journal of Postcolonial Cultures and Societies 1.1. (January)  (,;
    • 2009.“Resistance and the Maori Renaissance.” Anglistik. Journal of International English Studies 20.1 (March 2009): 173-86.
    • 2009. “Alan Duff: Brown Man’s Burden?” British Review of New Zealand Studies 17: 1-28.
    • 2008. “The Maori at War and Strategic Survival: Tu by Patricia Grace.” Hecate 34.1: 89-103.
    • 2007. “Reconsidering Fred Schepisi’s The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978): the screen adaptation of Thomas Keneally’s novel (1972).” Studies in Australasian Cinema 1.2: 191-207.
    • 2007. “Postcolonial Relocations: Australia, New Zealand and the Study of the Early European Past.” British Review of New Zealand Studies (BRONZS), 16: 157-75.
    • 2005. With Finn  Fordham. “Transcultural Hoaxes.” Special issue of World Literature Written in English: 40:2 (2004). Editor’s Note, pp. 3-4.
    • 2005.  “The Family and Change: Contemporary Second-Generation British-Asian Fiction.” In Family Fictions: The Family in Contemporary Post-Colonial Literatures in English, ed. Irene Visser and Heidi van den Heuver-Disler, CDS Research Report 23 (University of Groningen): 109-120. ISSN 1385-9218.
    • 2004. With A.B. Clara Joseph. “Rethinking the Postcolonial and Globalization.” Special
    • issue of World Literature Written in English 40:1 (2002-3). Editorial, pp. 3-9.
    • 2003. “Fleur Adcock: The Ambivalent Expatriate, 1964-1974.” Journal of New Zealand Literature. 21 (2003): 57-72.
    • 2003. “Translation in New Zealand Today: Texts, Issues, Ideologies.” British Review of New Zealand Studies 13 (2001/02): 59-82.  (ISSN: 0951-6204).